Bar review: Bar De Luxe in Central – elegant Japanese cocktails from Hidetsugu Ueno, and sweeping views
The knowledgeable staff in Tokyo mixologist’s first bar in Hong Kong serve sakes, whiskies and inspired Japanese-themed cocktails
The Plum Beauty (HK$168, Kirin Fuji Sanroku whisky, Japanese plum wine, Stone’s Ginger Wine, cinnamon liqueur) was intense yet subtle and not too sweet. The Huntsman (HK$158, Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, Chambord, orange bitters), was smooth as silk and packed with lush vanilla notes. We tried out the bar team’s classic skills with a Vesper (HK$188, Tanqueray gin, Ciroc vodka, Lillet) which was perfectly made – complex, balanced and dry, with a touch of Angostura bitters cleverly used to replicate the extra bitterness of the original Kina Lillet of James Bond’s day.
The verdict: De Luxe is the word – ambience, service and drinks all live up to the name. A must for anyone who appreciates understated luxury and inspired mixology.
Bar De Luxe, 30/F Asia Pacific Centre, 8 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 3706 5716
Open: Monday to Wednesday 10am-midnight, Thursday to Saturday 10am-2am. Signature cocktails served only from 5pm onwards.
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