Best Bar Food in Hong Kong
Sate both your thirst and your hunger at these watering holes. By Andrea Lo
Japanese sake bar Ozu has been an HK Mag favorite ever since it opened its doors last year. Pretty much everything on the menu will have you salivating. Hit up the spot during happy hour (daily, 4-8pm)—most cocktails and Japanese-style nibbles start at just $50. Our favorites are the edamame tossed with garlic, chili and a splash of olive oil ($40); zucchini fries served with honey mustard ($50); and Karaage popcorn chicken with parmesan mayo ($60).
Pair it with a… Jatini ($60 during happy hour): sake, Chambord, black and red raspberries, pineapple and lemon.
Shop G6, 1 Hollywood Rd., Central, 5244-1417.
Rummin’ Tings continues to bring the best of the Caribbean to Hollywood Road. Alongside your rum cocktails, order a round of bar bites to share. We’re fans of the chicken curry and dahl puri roti (roti filled with curried split peas, $80) and sticky island ribs, drenched in Caribbean BBQ sauce ($120).
Pair it with a… Calypso Punch ($110), consisting of Bacardi Oakheart rum and crème de cassis—refreshing, but not too sweet.
28 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2523-7070.
Knutsford Terrace bars are all kind of cookie-cutter, so we’re glad to see Assembly bringing something different to the table. Cocktails are good value here, but it’s the pulled pork poutine ($108) that has us returning time and time again. It’s exactly as delicious as it sounds: generous succulent pulled pork with gooey, melted cheese piled on top of crispy, golden fries.
Pair it with a… Porch Climb ($85), made with Akashi blended whisky, lemon, lime and orange juices, plus syrup and a purée of mixed berries.
G-1/F, 6 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2723-6588.
Despite opening two years ago, Havana remains relatively hidden and little-known. The Cuban-themed bar not only does great classic island-inspired cocktails, but there’s a ton of light bites and mixed tapas too: think grilled baby artichokes ($85), fish cakes ($78) and Greek dolmades ($78). Chill on the huge outdoor terrace and chow down.
Pair it with a… Just Peachy Mojito ($75)— simple but satisfying, and under a hunnit to boot.
4/F, The Plaza, 21 D’Aguilar St., Central, 2851-4880.
Pretending to be healthy? We don’t blame you— it’s junk season, after all. Topiary has guilt-free low-alcohol “shim cocktails” and vegetarian nibbles. But in this case, vegetarian doesn’t equal boring. Try the skinny boy pizza ($148), piled high with spinach, eggplant, porcini mushroom, olives and baked cherry tomato. The super-moreish tonkatsu sandwich surprise ($78), is made with French toast, a deep-fried veggie patty, wasabi coleslaw and drizzled in teriyaki sauce. Yum.
Pair it with a… Summer Interns Are Here ($118): Gosling’s Gold Rum, Tia Maria, Bailey’s and cream.
3/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49-51 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2866-6485.