May 11, 2018
Hong Kong’s drinkers rarely have an excuse to go to the island’s south side, where there is – or at least used to be — little entertainment, just largely upscale, swanky neighbourhoods. But with the opening of the Pulse development on Repulse Bay’s beachfront, a couple of very viable options have popped up. Given that summer is indisputably here, this can only be a good thing. One such option is Limewood, the south side’s destination for “BBQ, seafood and margaritas.” It’s pretty extensive, having taken over what amounts to two separate units in the development – an airy, open restaurant and a separate bar area, whose big bay windows open up almost directly onto the sand. With margaritas – or one of the bar’s signatures, such as the “Poloma,” a long mix of tequila and grapefruit juice, rounded off with lime, salt and chili syrup, it’s almost like being on holiday. It boasts, perhaps unsurprisingly, a toned-down nautical theme, with some interesting details. It’s definitely on the lounge-y side, not necessarily a place to head for a big night out but more a relaxed cocktail by the water. The popularity of Limewood could just speak to the paucity of venues in this part of the island, but in reality it speaks to good quality food and drinks. It’s not the cheapest, but it isn’t overbearingly expensive either, and for something different for Central’s denizens, a day – or night—at the beach can’t be beat.