Being good US coffee snobs, we searched high and low for a good espresso based coffee in Hong Kong. By far the best coffee we found was at the Wellington based Fuel Espresso.
It was the only cafe with a solid americano (what they call the Wellington Americano). For some reason most of the coffee shops in HK pour their Americanos weak – more of the unclean water then the mouthwatering variety! Fuel also poured a quite tasty cappuccinos piccolos and espressos.
Fuel has two locations in HK (and a new spot in Shanghai). We frequented the one on the third floor of the IFC mall. It was a cozy spot in a crowded environment; featuring a pleasant staff and excellent Jazz music in the background.
Sometimes the super touristy things are worth doing 🙂
We took the Symphony of Lights tour, and it was very chill (both literally and mentally) until the “show started”; when building lights started flashing, Disney music started blaring and a robotic voice over pierced the silence! Luckily that part only lasted 15 minutes or so.
We highly recommend just taking the evening sailing ride and bring a sweatshirt, it can get a bit cold, even with the supplied blankets. Don’t bother with the “Harbor Lights” special tour.
There is food and drinks offered and the tours depart from different times and locations. Check the website and make a reservation; but its worth going at least once.
Inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville film, Architect Joyce Wang designed Ammo, a most beautiful restaurant enclosed in a six meter high glass box, tucked away on the lower level of the Asia Society.
On one side, the tall windows face a lush jungle garden at the base of a hill; peering up at the walking bridges above in the gardens.
As you enter yo are impressed by the hanging, deconstructed spiral staircase light fixture and the back drop of copper piping; an embossed pattern covering the wall behind the bar. The elements combine well and create a refined atmosphere with a bit of a steam-punk edge. Once you sit and start to take in the different elements every detail starts gaining importance, from the green velvet banquettes by the window. to the wood choices. Ammo is very well put together.
The menu is designed by chef Roland Schuller is a gentle mix of east and west. A menu that allows you to sample local flavors without pushing you out of a comfort zone. Highly recommended are the Sous Vide Cocktails; quite an interesting take on some classics.
Spiced Old Fashioned Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Orange, Cherry, Anise, Cinnamon Stick, Cloves and Syrup