By: Sarah Richard
We scour the Hong Kong bar scene to bring you the new and the noteworthy. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it! This month, Online Editor Sarah heads to Wan Chai and discovers a hidden oasis going by the name of Mahalo Tiki Lounge.
Does love at first sight apply with bars? Located in East Wan Chai, Mahalo Tiki Lounge comes from the team behind Honi Honi Tiki Lounge on Wellington Street who have done an incredible job of creating a city oasis. Standing on the rooftop terrace with exotic plants, mountain views and bamboo furniture, you could easily be mistaken for thinking you had walked into a Polynesian hideout.
The Chosen One
Be warned, they have an extensive menu (maybe a little too many to choose from), making the decision a tough one. So I did it for you! My top pick is the ‘Mahana Touch’ ($130), made from Tanqueray Ten Gin, Cartron Vert Mate liqueur, jasmine syrup, apple juice, lime juice, and a sprig of rosemary. The mix of sweet and sour goes perfectly, especially when drunk out of the oh-so-trendy tiki cup!
A cocktail under $100 sounds good to me; and with ‘Mana’s Fairy’ ($95), the lower price didn’t make any difference to the taste. A mix of Eristoff Vodka, Amaretto, lime juice, apple juice, homemade vanilla syrup and mint made for a deliciously inexpensive treat! If you have an extra $25 to spare, Mahalo’s take on the Pina Colada ($120) is a winner: Pampero Blanco Rum, Koko Kanu Rum, coconut milk, lime juice, pineapple fruit and coconut syrup.
Bite on this
Mahalo have partnered with Pololi (Hawaiian Poké Shack on Graham Street) to provide you with fresh Hawaiian food on weekdays. While you wouldn’t come here for a full meal, the Tom Yam Poke (tuna, fresh chilli, lemongrass, lime leaves, cilantro, spring onions, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil) is great finger food to accompany your cocktails, and the pomegranate guacamole is a must try!
Last but not least
The view and atmosphere sells this place. The whole time I was in there I was completely unaware of the everyday city life going on below me; the quiet, fresh breeze and lush palm trees were all that was on my mind. It’s the sort of place you could whittle away hours catching up with friends. You could even take a book up there during the day, sit back and appreciate the diversity and excitement of this city.
Mahalo Tiki Lounge
29/F, QRE Plaza, Queen’s Rd East, Wan Chai
2488 8750 | mahalotikibar.com