Bar review: ANA Ten, Tsim Sha Tsui – classy Japanese-influenced cocktails, and great views
From a delicious variation on the classic champagne cocktail, to the vodka-based Shuten-Douji served in a gourd and a complex whisky-gin mix, the Ocean Terminal restaurant-bar is well worth the exercise getting there
The vibe: The walk to ANA Ten, a Japanese fine-dining restaurant and bar at the far end of Ocean Terminal’s third floor, might be a bit of a drag but the destination is well worth it.
The indoor design is sleek and elegant, with lots of warm wood, while the outdoor terrace makes the most of the stunning views of the Hong Kong Island and Kowloon skylines. Service is professional and attentive – we were waited on by the bar’s mixologist, Dorothy Lam, who offered drinks tailored to our tastes.
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The drinks: Signature cocktails are inspired by Japanese culture and, true to that tradition, all are exquisitely presented.
Umei (HK$108, umeshu, sparkling wine, Angostura bitters) was a delicious take on the classic champagne cocktail, with a rich, full-bodied taste.
Madama Butterfly (HK$128, rye whisky, umeshu, hibiscus syrup, walnut bitters, rosewater), light and sweet, is a combination of American and Japanese ingredients.
Nihon Teien (HK$128, Japanese whisky, Beefeater gin, sakura water, lemon, yuzu honey, egg white) seemed sweet at first but developed into a satisfyingly complex drink with a tantalising aftertaste of honey.
The most unusual offering was Shuten-Douji (HK$118, Ketel One Citrus vodka, beetroot juice, orange and yuzu juice).
Named after a mythical figure with a penchant for drinking the blood of beautiful maidens, it comes served in a gourd (the Shuten-Douji’s receptacle of choice for storing his victims’ haemoglobin), with the beetroot to colour it. The drink, however, is sweet, fruity and innocuous.
Classics are reasonably priced at HK$98 each – an Old Fashioned and Manhattan were both perfectly made – and our friendly mixologist further proved her skills by whipping up a special drink for us (HK$118, whisky, bianco vermouth, yuzu liqueur), a delicate whisky-based take on a Negroni.
The verdict: With great views, great service and great drinks, ANA Ten is an outstanding addition to the Tsim Sha Tsui bar scene.
ANA Ten, Shop OTE 304, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 2701 9881
Open: Monday to Sunday noon-11pm