May 11, 2018
This ultra‐cool Hong Kong bar and restaurant is located in the heritage site of a former 19th Century explosives compound and takes military chic to a whole new level. The interior was created by high profile designer Joyce Wang, who took inspiration from the 1965 film noir Alphaville to create a dramatic space that features spiral staircases suspended from the ceiling, with copper used throughout for an industrial yet warm atmosphere. Huge floor to ceiling windows on three sides of the room look out onto the lush greenery that surrounds the building. The name Ammo is not only a nod to the building’s military past, it also stands for Asian, Modern, Museum and Original, all key concepts for Tony Cheng, chief executive of the restaurant group that runs the place. The restaurant specialises in homemade pasta, but the Mediterranean‐style dishes have been given a distinctly Asian twist. And the cocktail list is as inventive as the food, including a small selection of sous vide concoctions, using the technique of cooking ingredients at a low temperature inside a sealed plastic bag in a water bath to extract flavours. Other specialities include the Earl Grey Martini, with home‐infused Earl Grey gin, orange, lemon and sugar, or the bartenders will happily go off menu to whip up guests’ favourites.