OPEN BAR I KNOW JOHN
tart flavors of a butter-finished limoncello. Fans of sweet, fruity drinks may also enjoy the Spiced Tea Punch ($85), which is a bright and easygoing drink highlighting the flavor of guava, made with gin that’s been infused with ginger, chamomile and honey.
For something a bit more rounded, try the Caña Sarapan, which is made with vodka marmalade, white rum, (largely unnoticeable) horseradish, citrus juice, egg white and syrup. Tangy and sweet, it has a froth and flavor evocative of a lemon meringue pie.
It’s sad that a $100 cocktail in Central is deemed laudable these days—but it is, so the cocktails at I Know John will have you coming back on the grounds of value for money alone, not to mention flavor. If you’re hungry? Pair your drinks with cheese and charcuterie, or the bar’s signature gourmet hotdogs ($88)—we’re not too sure how it ties in with the secretive concept here, but we’re not complaining. We devoured the French Onion Dog— caramelized onion with smoky garlic pork sausage. We’re not sure how secret or quiet I Know
John will continue to be, but for a Central gem that waters and feeds you for under $200? We’re hoping it stays as hidden as possible.
9/F, The Loop, 33 Wellington St., Central, 2801-6555, iknowjohn.hk
The buzz: The décor: The drinks: Why you’ll be back: Evelyn Lok