Bar review: Blue Butcher
Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder, so they say - or was that absence? Anyway, order the house special Blue Fairy cocktail - it's HK$695 for four to six people and is made with absinthe, London dry gin, blue curacao, Lillet Blanc, and lemon juice, served from an antique French glass spirits fountain supported by a silver fairy. Other cocktails, all from HK$110 to HK$125, include the Pig's Blood Martini, a mix of vodka, beet juice and orange, and the Pork Chop and Apple Sauce, made with bacon-washed Scotch, apple schnapps and apple jam. Draught beers are from the American craft brewery Rogue, while bottled beers are mostly American micros. The only lager is Coney Island's Rye Pilsner.
Blue Butcher specialises in beef that's dry-aged in-house. Sunday brunch is from noon to 3pm, and costs HK$390 per person (add HK$180 for free-flow Prosecco, or HK$280 for Veuve Cliquot), including a cold buffet, a foie gras station and main courses, such as poached eggs and ham, Wagyu beef burgers, and dessert.