From Day To Night, Red Sugar Captures The Essence Of Hong Kong
June 22, 2018 | BY Hong Kong Tatler
One of the city’s most versatile bars has more to offer beyond its excellent cocktails and unbeatable panoramic views
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Since opening, Red Sugar has become the discerning destination for imbibing with a view, and for taking in a side of Hong Kong not so commonly seen. The bar, located on the 7th floor of Kerry Hotel in Hung Hom, is set a world apart from the frenetic energy of the city centre, and has also been the host of unique experiences such as T.Dining’s Battle of the Bartenders showdown, featuring several of Hong Kong’s top mixologists paying homage to the flavours of Hong Kong.
This respect for local culture is played out in the design of the space, envisioned by acclaimed architect Andre Fu. Incorporating elements of Hong Kong nostalgia via metal shutters and custom-made bronze scaffolding that forms the bar shelves, Fu has crafted a modern take on a Hong Kong bar and restaurant. Upon entering, guests will be lured by the rich glow of red and green neon installation by local artist Adrian Wong, which reflects off the smooth wooden flooring. Another Wong installation awaits on the expansive outdoor terrace—an arrangement of barbershop swirls that any Hongkonger will recognise immediately.
It is this terrace that has captured the imaginations of locals and travellers alike, with its spacious deck and thoughtful arrangement of greenery that softens the urban backdrop, creating a loft garden vibe that can be enjoyed no matter what time of day—though drinks at sunset, at this particular bar, is an unmissable experience. In the darkness of evening, guests can enjoy the ocean breeze on the terrace or retire to the softly-lit bar area indoors, where creative mixology courtesy of both in-house and guest bartenders keep the menu fresh with weekly changing menus. Like the surroundings, the drink selection is heavily influenced by Kerry Hotel’s locale, with whimsical elements such as lai see packets might be included in the presentation of the cocktails.
With the introduction of their brand new Sunday brunch, available every Sunday from 12noon to 3pm, there’s now another time of day where you might want to find yourself in this side of town. The Red Sugar brunch is priced at HK$638 for adults inclusive of free-flow drinks (HK$458 for teenagers between 11-17 years old) and offers a sumptuous array of buffet options along with a selection of main courses and desserts display. Kick off the meal with appetisers such as house-made duck foie gras terrine; Boston lobster salad; beetroot, vodka and dill-cured salmon; or pick and choose from the array of charcuterie and cheese. For mains, diners can choose between seared miso cod, Challans duck breast, braised wagyu beef cheek or sautéed mushrooms in filo pastry.
Of course, considering the location, the free-flow drinks package is a main event—with options including Veuve Clicquot champagne, Aperol Spritz cocktails, bellini stations (featuring guava, mango and peach options) as well as a ‘dress your own’ Bloody Mary.
With the combination of innovative drinks, stellar views and regular entertainment, Red Sugar has proven itself to be a versatile venue—and with the new brunch, it may be just the best new place to nurse a hangover, too.
Red Sugar, 7/F, Kerry Hotel Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 2252 5246
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