I had always wanted to visit this place. I was told that Sugar is to the media folks what Sevva is to the bankers. So one night when my friend and I were at loose ends, we took the road less traveled (that is, in the other direction of MTR line on HK Island) and found ourselves at Sugar.
Sugar lived up to its hype, and then some. The deck was beautifully built, overlooking the Victoria Harbour with an uninterrupted view right into Kowloon Bay. That beats Sevva’s anytime. If you are feeling a little overwhelmed by the humidity, there are some lounge indoor seats, but I seriously recommend the outdoor deck for a view to remember.
The clientele, needless to say, is of the suitless variety. Not naked (oh, that would be intriguing, wouldn’t it) but casual. Beautiful too, I might add.
The cocktail selection is not overwhelming, but quality trumps over quantity, yes? Some of its signature drinks we got our lips on include Ginger Lily by Victor Hui ($90), a deceptive concoction of Jameson Irish Whiskey, lemon, pineapple, mint and ginger beer; you won’t know you are getting tipsy till the last slurp. My friend had Pear-Tea-Ni by Winson Ng ($90), which tasted stronger, of tanqueray gin, lemon, pear, earl grey tea syrup.
The service was attentive bordering on, err, offensive. I am saying that only because they keep refilling our dish of popadams (Indian-spiced crackers) and I just can’t stop myself! And oh, you need to be a member to enter the club, the membership is instant and you only need to provide a name card. Usually I scoff at members-only places – like, hello, do I look like someone who could not spend! – but with Sugar I am willing to overlook that particular bit of favoritism.
The One With Sugar At EAST by Razlan
29 Taikoo Shing Road, Island East, Hong Kong