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Delhi’s hottest new party spot will transport you to Hong Kong

20 Dec , 2017  

Expect craft cocktails, authentic Cantonese fare and electrifying entertainment

 

Shibani Bawa

 

Of all of South-East Asia’s hip and happening cities, Hong Kong remains the buzziest. With sophisticated restaurants that rub shoulders with traditional tea houses, the hottest bars serving world-class craft cocktails and a pulsating nightlife, Hong Kong has a matchless vibe.

Andaz Delhi has recreated the essence of the city and presented the capital with its first multi-level evening destination—The Hong Kong Club.

 

The Hong Kong Club, Andaz Delhi’s newest party hub, is a modern Cantonese restaurant and bar

The Hong Kong Club, Andaz Delhi’s newest party hub, is a modern Cantonese restaurant and bar

 

Couturier Manish Malhotra co-hosted the opening night event last week. Delhi’s sassy party-people brought out their heeled boots and sleek fur, while Bollywood’s Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Diana Penty, Sophie Choudhary and Kanika Kapoor upped the glam quotient, along with Malhotra.

 

Bollywood stars Diana Penty, Manish Malhotra, Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Sophie Chaudhary at HKC’s launch

Bollywood stars Diana Penty, Manish Malhotra, Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Sophie Chaudhary at HKC’s launch

 

The Hong Kong Club has an exclusive street-facing entrance. Inside, the focal point is the snazzy bar, where a bevy of bartenders stir up eclectic cocktails, inspired by the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac.

My Sleeping Dragon was a fabulous twist on a Manhattan. This Scotch-based classic gets richer and deeper flavours from the mix of martini, orange liqueur and chocolate bitters. The Quinil, especially crafted for the year of the goat, is made with Andaz Delhi’s house-made Delhi Sapphire gin and garnished with gold specks.

The food on offer includes a range of small plates featuring zucchini roll-ups, cuttlefish salad, roasted asparagus, beancurd bao, pork belly and lobster dum-sums. The upper level is more suited to a sit-down meal, and for those who want things a tad quiet.

 

HKC’s chefs along with Head Chef Alex Moser

HKC’s chefs along with Head Chef Alex Moser (in black)

 

Following the curvaceous stairs to the upper floor is a good idea regardless, since it offers a fantastic view of the bar below.

As the night progressed, the lights got dim and three international lady drummers revved up the beat—Manish Malhotra kicked off the evening’s entertainment. Svelte models sauntered down the staircase in Malhotra’s haute ensembles, and the tempo increased. The lady drummers then took on the role of exotic dancers, dressed in outfits that were illuminated by LED lights.

More than 100 guests had already made reservations at The Hong Kong Club, and this was only Day 1. The craft cocktails, Cantonese fare and electrifying entertainment form a heady cocktail—this is how and where Delhi will be partying henceforth.

 

Manish Malhotra’s glamorous entourage

Manish Malhotra’s glamorous entourage

 

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