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Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge, Central, China (bar)

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Otto posted on Sat, Nov 17, 2012 11:39 PM

Name:Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge
Street:3/F Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street
Phone:Tel: 2353 0885

The vibe: Central's new tiki bar is making quite a splash and, I'm happy to report, lives up to all the hype. It boasts a modern, more toned-down take on the 1930s version of Polynesian culture - with tiki torches and thatch roofs giving way to vintage posters from the islands. Don Ho and his ukulele have been mercifully silenced in favour of an eclectic mix of tiki lounge sounds. There is also a nice outdoor space, so enjoy it while the weather allows.

The drinks: this is where Honi Honi really shines. Every drink we tried was tasty and some were superb. I'm happy that the noble tradition of the scorpion bowl - a big porcelain bowl of booze filled with long straws and shared by four or more people - is now in Hong Kong. But that night we stuck to the more traditionally sized cocktails. The Maori Spring Punch (HK$110) was excellent and ample. The mix of fresh lime and watermelon juice with vodka, lemon grass, honey, and Thai red chilli was spicy and bracing. The Meihana Twist (HK$120) was our least favourite, although still very good - the rum, Grand Marnier, mango, pineapple and passion fruit started off a bit too strong but mellowed nicely. The undisputed high point of the night was the classic Pina Colada (HK$180). We went for a two-person version served in a fresh pineapple. To be honest it was too good to share: rich, sweet, smooth and sensational, the best around.

The verdict: a welcome addition to Central's bar scene and a great place to get started for a night out. A slice of permanent summer just in time for the colder weather.

Charley Lanyon


Otto posted on Sat, Nov 17, 2012 11:56 PM
Otto posted on Sat, Nov 17, 2012 11:57 PM

and here's a pic of me behind the bar!!

I was there for a pre-opening party a few weeks back. While it looks okay, the drinks leave much to be desired. Not even real tiki drinks, imho. I guess since it is the only one in Hong Kong, there's that, but you are much better off walking a few blocks down the street to Quinary and having some real booze.

[ Edited by: TheClamsCasino 2012-11-18 07:32 ]

[ Edited by: TheClamsCasino 2012-11-18 07:32 ]

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