The concept of the bartaurant is gaining traction in Hong Kong thanks to the tireless efforts of Hikari, a seminal bartaurant hidden in the Jet Foil Mansion along Jaffe Road in Wan Chai, just below the intersection of Gloucester Road and the Canal Road Flyover. Step inside and you’re a world away from the traffic noise and pollution of the city, deep in a world where bar and restaurant come together in crazy ways hitherto unimagined. It’s a bar, it’s a restaurant – it’s Hikari Bartaurant.
Being one of Hong Kong’s first bartaurants, Hikari knows how to bring bar culture and typical restaurant concepts together. Their perfect pairing of fresh oysters with wines such as the Bordeaux Grand Palais Blanc 2011 or the Chilean Araucarias Reserva Chardonnay 2011 goes one step further at their Wan Chai laboratory, actually burying the bottles of wine in a bucket of oysters as if to symbolise the gastronomic synergy that this foodstuff and this heavenly drink share. It’s genius, and you can also bag yourself six so-called Ninja Shooters if you buy a bottle served this way!
Hikari Bartaurant’s Ninja Shooters bring a crowd of flamboyant drinkers from all over Hong Kong to their Jaffe Road bartaurant, with punters eager to try weird and wonderful combinations of liquor and ingredients like wasabi, yuzu ponzu, ginger sauce, Champagne with honey and garlic sauce, white wine with lemon cream sauce and the special cocktail sauce. At Hikari, you are what you eat and what you eat is a drink. Hikari is without a doubt a unique concept in Wan Chai.