Cheers! Adequately named Tipsy Bar & Restaurant is the newest F&B offering at Little Tai Hang hotel, opened just this November. Elegantly presented modern European fare and a casual yet upscale atmosphere make it a charming addition to the happening Tai Hang neighborhood.
Look & Feel: Tipsy might be located in chic boutique hotel Little Tai Hang, but it’s clear from the moment you walk in that the restaurant-slash-bar has a personality all its own. The predominating palette of black and gold — including the bold sign that greets you as soon as you reach the reception — paints Tipsy as a clear nightlife spot, while comfortable booths and communal tables keep the vibe convivial.
On the Menu: You’ll find appetizers, mains, sides and desserts on the main menu, and fancy bar bites on the bar menu. (Crab roe and sesame toast, $88, or taro chips with avocado smash, $58, anyone?) Thoughtfully prepared and presented meats and seafood feature strongly among the mains, while starches and vegetables are mostly relegated to side dishes. There’re simpler, more rustic offerings (beef stew pie, $268 and French spring chicken with black truffle and thyme, $328) as well as somewhat more fussy ones (Osetra caviar with lobster jelly and celeriac cream, $188 and king prawn ravioli with Hokkaido sea urchin and fennel foam, $268). You can expect the occasional Asian accent (sake yuzu granita, sake sesame oil dressing), too. The drinks list is filled with wine, beer, and creative cocktails.
Jeng: The charcoal-grilled Australian octopus with beetroot hummus, smoked paprika and sherry ($168) is both pleasing to the eye and a great combination of smoky octopus and sweet-sour beetroot flavors, while the bitterness of the fennel foam balances out the rich, savory sauce of the king prawn ravioli.
Not So Jeng: While cordial, the staff are at times a little difficult to get a hold of, but chalk it up to a busy Friday night and the restaurant having been open for less than a week at the time of review.
Meet the Owner: Benson Yuen, the restaurant owner as well as in-house sommelier, is also behind another casual European restaurant in the area, Mustard Cafe and Bar.
Great For: That hip friend (or date) looking for a new watering hole to chill out at.
FYI: The blistered Spanish red prawn ($168) is fired on a grill right at your table. The shrub-filled balcony makes a nice spot in the cooler months.
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