Korean Fusion. B/F, 41 Staunton St., Central, 2608-1788, vcncy.hk.
Housed in a bright blue shipping container, west coast-Korean fusion gastropub VCNCY is probably the coolest landmark on Peel Street since opening mid-2015, but seems to be seeing quieter nights these days.
HIT Cocktails tried here on multiple visits were consistently great. The Chili Bitch ($90), is an addictive rum-based drink with a touch of bird’s eye chili, while The Two-Thymer ($90), is a subtle thyme-infused twist on a vodka soda. The stone pot rice ($168) was a tasty bibimbap heavy on fresh mushrooms, with a large piece of bone marrow for beefy flavor.
MISS The VCNCY Potato ($88) takes Seoul’s spiral potato street snack and serves it upright along with your choice of dips: We chose black garlic and truffle, which were both tasty, but the chips were tough and hard to break off. VCNCY’s ($75 half portion) version of fried chicken was nothing special: bite-size pieces served with an average gochujang sauce. But what really ticked us off were the pork belly wraps ($90 half portion)—six chunks of Cantonese-style roasted pork with lettuce wraps. We could have just bought a box of siu yuk and done it at home.
BOTTOM LINE Stick to just cocktails here until VCNCY fixes its identity crisis. Open Tue-Wed 5pm-midnight; Thu-Sat 5pm-1am; Sun 2-10pm. $$$