Hong Kong-West Kowloon
May 11, 2018
The Hong Kong branch of venerable US steakhouse Morton’s of Chicago has always been a good Kowloon-side go-to for a well-made classic cocktail after work. Morton’s has been propping up a corner of the Sheraton in Tsim Sha Tsui for over a decade and along with stunning views of the Hong Kong cityscape, it offers a no-nonsense approach to both steak and cocktails. Maybe it’s the clubby, steaky atmosphere, but sitting in the small bar area, separated from the main restaurant, it feels that anything but a good Martini, Old Fashioned or Negroni would be an affront. Of course there are other options, including the house-infused vodka, the usual beer suspects and a host of other well-produced cocktails. The wine list at Morton’s is also impressive – it is one of the city’s longest-serving and arguably most consistent steakhouses, after all — and the classics are mixed well, and with care. Happy hour is the optimum time to take advantage of the cocktail menu, as the bar staff thoughtfully and unobtrusively re-supply a seemingly never-ending plate of steak sandwiches to keep the clientele from dropping before they can tuck into a shoe-sized sirloin.During these after-work soirees the small bar area becomes crowded quickly, giving it a jovial sort of atmosphere – part relief, part celebration. It shouldn’t matter, as long as the Martinis are ice-cold and the steak sandwiches keep coming.