May 11, 2018
A taste of Ginza in the throng of Kowloon, Butler provides the best of Japanese service and attention to detail in its drinks. Amongst a set of rowdier bars and watering holes in Tsim Sha Tsui, it’s a small space with only around 20 seats and just two tables. But find yourself one and the temptation to stay for more than a single drink will be great. (It’s also usually a prerequisite as there’s a minimum charge of $200 per person.) The cocktail list follows the main spirits, offering classics rather than modern seasonal flashiness. But what else would you expect in a space that often has an ambient soundtrack of music from the 1940s? The bartenders will happily fix drinks according to personal tastes, offering up recommendations to pair with the Japanese bar snacks, from popcorn to skewers and cheese plates. Everything this prepared with a zen-like precision and delivered with aplomb by the waistcoat and bow-tie wearing barmen. The Old Fashoined come with a surprising array or fruit, but a pre-mixing consultation on matters of taste can tune it to your own palate. Apart from the hearty hailing and thanking of patrons in Japanese by the staff, expect to here some authentic Japanese accents among the clientele.
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