May 11, 2018
Inspired by the grand cafés of early 20th century Europe, where liqueurs would be sipped by the intelligentsia, ladies would lunch and affairs could be conducted in secluded booths over an aperitif, The Continental does its best to bring an updated version of that brasserie spirit to the city. Perched above Admiralty’s high-end shopping mall and in the shadow of some of Hong Kong five-star hotels the space itself has some strong style points. The modern touches of the building, such as the swirling white ceiling, come from Thomas Heatherwick, the celebrated British designer, while the green leather seating, pale marble and acres of wooden parquet flooring provide an understated, classic bar feel. Decorated with vibrant green tiles, the bar itself is like a shimmering emerald, with some stools for those who want to focus more on the drinks and a long curved leather banquette for those after a more intimate experience. The cocktail list has some novel additions. The Wibble might make you wobble if you imbibe too many, but has just the right pick-me-up affect with a blend of Sipsmith sloe gin, lemon, grapefruit juice and crème de mure. A summer refresher can be found in rum based Plantation Swizzle. There’s a large deck just off from the restaurant area and the open kitchen at the rear provides some modern, innovative bar snacks, including parmesan custard with anchovy toast, oyster poboy and pork cheek vindaloo.
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