May 11, 2018
There are not many other places in Hong Kong where you can get a flavour of the city in its colonial guise. Hullett House is a renovated 19th century pile – the former HQ of the Royal Marine Police – but now a stylish hotel. The Parlour is its main bar, turbo-charged by chinoiserie and complete with a veranda where visitors can easily imagine off duty officers sipping their G&Ts. While the outside space lets the view of the manicured grounds below provide its flourish, inside its full-on east meets west décor with hand-painted Victorian scenes, from Brighton’s Royal Pavilion in the West Room, to Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour in the East Room. Between this is lies the dragon bar, where barmen and women serve colonial and modern classics under the gaze of a golden dragon and peach blushed sky painted upon the ceiling. It’s a heady mix and one best taken with a signature drink, such as the Dragon’s Back that stirs vodka, strawberry liqueur, lychee and dragon fruit with champagne. Afternoon teas fit well on the veranda. However more hearty fare and Asian classics like Vietnamese rice rolls and Thai shrimp salad are available all day for the well-heeled hotel guests, business wheeler-dealers and out-of-towners that often make a stop here.
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