CLOSED - Bar review: My Tai Tai in Central – interesting cocktails in chic surroundings
Thai-themed bar has a fictional back story, friendly attentive staff and exotic tasting cocktails and a wine list to suit its spicy food
The vibe: Thai restaurant and bar My Tai Tai is one of several new outlets on the corner of Lyndhurst Terrace and Wellington Street. The name comes from one of those fictional back stories currently in vogue – this one is about a Thai tai-tai called Baw, whose imaginary portrait is much in evidence. The decor is chic, with baroque gold-framed mirrors on turquoise walls and a sprinkling of Thai-style ornamentation. Thai and Filipino staff are attentive and eager to please.
The drinks: the inevitable list of signature cocktails with exotic ingredients and kitschy names has just five drinks, all priced at HK$118. Hey What’s Your Name? (Chalong Bay rum, house-made kaffir and lime syrup, citrus, grapefruit oils) was full-bodied and dry, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Pineapple Express (Ocho Blanco tequila, pineapple and almond cordial, lime, agave, egg white foam) was sweet but nicely balanced with the almond adding a distinctive touch. My Tai Tai (Plantation 3 Star home-made peanut rum, Fair coffee, coco real) was like an alcoholic peanut butter and coffee smoothie – rich, sweet and for peanut fans only.
There’s a full bar, but when we tested their skills by ordering a Margarita (HK$118, Ocho Reposado tequila) the watery result suggested it’s best to stick to their own repertoire.
If you’re there to eat, the intelligently chosen, fairly priced wine list offers plenty of options which will survive the spices. There’s an excellent range of by-the-bottle and by-the-glass offerings, including French viognier or New Zealand pinot noir at HK$78, Fritz Haag Semi-Dry German Riesling at HK$88 or, if you’re feeling adventurous, Thailand’s own Monsoon Valley Rosé at HK$88. Beer lovers may be disappointed, though – the only choices are Singha or Leo (both HK$68) and there’s nothing on draught.
The verdict: while the main focus is food (and very good it is) signature cocktails are worth a try and well selected wines will go perfectly with what you eat.
My Tai Tai, 2/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, tel: 2896 6018. Open: noon-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm (Friday and Saturday until 11pm)