Hidden Gem: Self-styled as an “African sanctuary,” Djiboutii holds court down a quiet alleyway in Wan Chai. Sip on a whole load of creative cocktails and Middle Eastern-inspired bar bites to boot.
Look & Feel: Djiboutii boasts plenty of hipster credentials, starting with its alleyway entrance on Landale Street. Grab a seat by the bar under the chandelier among tribal touches and jungle-inspired decor, or in the alfresco area in the alleyway itself.
On the Menu: Try signature Djiblutea ($115) — a mix of lavender-infused vodka, sloe berry and dark cacao liqueurs, cranberry tea, plus blueberries and lemon juice. It’s refreshing and fruity but all the booze gives it a nice, strong kick. Be sure to order the naan bread, served with baba ganoush on the side — it’s a great accompaniment to cocktails that go down just a little too easily.
Service: The servers here know the menu inside and out and we appreciate their on-point recommendations.
Jeng: Served in a champagne flute, the Djiboulini ($130) is a feminine affair of Prosecco, rosehip rhubarb cordial and hibiscus water, as well as pear puree and peppercorn. Be sure to order the naan bread, served with baba ganoush on the side — it’s a great accompaniment to cocktails that go down just a little too easily. We’re also big fans of the crispy rotisserie chicken and the Za’taar flatbreads.
Not So Jeng: We didn’t love the “Mi Casa Es Tu Casa,” ($120). Despite ingredients like Earl Grey liqueur and tea syrup, agave syrup, celery juice and apple, the end result was too strong and bitter for our taste.
Great For: Group outings. intimidate date for two, something funky and fresh.
FYI: Djiboutii serves take-away lunch for Wan Chai workerbees on the weekdays.
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