Goldfinch restaurant

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 August, 2011, 12:00am


13-15, G/F Lan Fong Road, Causeway Bay.
Tel: 2577 7981

The vibe: made internationally famous thanks to its appearances in director Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love and 2046, the Goldfinch Restaurant has been serving Hong Kong-style diner classics since 1962 (that, of course, means borscht with your steak).

However, its other role - so vividly captured by Wong (and by the crafty camerawork of Christopher Doyle) - is to provide a cosy little hideaway for early evening, or even mid-afternoon, assignations. The lights are low, the booths that line its wood-panelled walls provide some seclusion, and you can sip on cocktails as the fates take their fancy without fear of ever being discovered.

The drinks: pure, unadulterated classics make the cocktail list shine, as do the very reasonable prices (HK$39 for each and every one). That means it is a dry martini for him and a Singapore Sling for her. If you are feeling frisky, opt for the sickly sweet Sexual Siren. Its ingredients, however, are a closely held secret.

The verdict: that rarest of things - a Hong Kong tradition that has been able to hold on to its ample charms in the face of the changes going on all around. Join the locals who have been coming here for decades, or the film fans sneaking in to recreate the moments stolen on screen by Maggie Cheung Man-yuk and Tony Leung Chiu-wai. Best of all, however, are those booths which offer a little privacy and a destination where your voice need never grow louder than a whisper.