Hong Kong Central’s vibrant party district of Lan Kwai Fong has got a new place to see and be seen thanks to LUX Bar & Tapas, on The Plaza at D’Aguilar Street. This bar and Spanish tapas joint is spread over two floors, with the lower floor housing a boisterous bar and upstairs home to innovative food and adventurous cocktails. The whole is outfitted in a red French Burgundy theme, appropriate to the opulent European food (curated by executive chef Alex Liu) and (award-winning) drink on offer.
It’s in the name: LUX Bar & Tapas is one of Lan Kwai Fong’s most luxurious bars and eateries. Sprawled over two floors on the crowded D’Aguilar Street Plaza in Central, LUX is already one of Hong Kong’s most popular spots in which to retreat into indulgence. The upper floor is where executive chef Alex Liu’s masterful tapas and small dishes are served. The culmination of over a decade working in Lan Kwai Fong’s finest restaurants, Liu’s experience with European cuisine is LUXs biggest asset. Liu has curated a menu featuring Spanish and European-influenced tapas and small plates neatly divided into zones of inspiration: From The Field features delights like the Parma ham platter with blue cheese and toast; a bite From The Sea might include a melaleuca (tea tree) quesadilla with prawns; and the deep-fried buffalo salad is a choice pick From The Salad Garden. Match these with LUX’s extensive drinks selection and you’re onto a winner.
Whether you’re downstairs lounging on the plush window seats overlooking Lan Kwai Fong’s D’Aguilar Street Plaza, or still upstairs indulging in Spanish and European cuisine, LUX Bar & Tapas’ drinks are to die for. Their signature cocktails are award-winning, and, besides the compulsory classic, are largely unique, in-house creations from the resident mixologists. Begin with a bang and order up Sex On Fire for some cocktail magic, or try out the unusual Lux Tea Party, made using a molecular gastronomy process and served in a teapot. This last joins the Choco Fun edible cocktail in that they both use liquid nitrogen as a dramatic, steaming coolant. Yet another crazy creation from LUX is their Love In Paris: similarly experimental, this one uses spherification and foam techniques to present a romantic, coiffed cocktail topped with elderflower caviar. All in all, LUX is a unique Central Hong Kong bar and tapas restaurant that should be firmly on your entertainment radar.