Sec­ond Draft

(Read­ers' Choice)

Hong Kong Tatler Best Restaurants (Hong Kong / Macau) - - Best of awards -

Hong Kong has al­ways been a place that is proud of its tra­di­tions, but at the same time has em­braced in­flu­ences from those who have passed through its bor­ders. There are very few in­stances where ‘fu­sion’ can be done right, when a per­fect bal­ance has been struck be­tween tra­di­tion and in­no­va­tion. We’re glad to say that it all comes spark­ing to life at this su­perla­tive new open­ing, which has cap­tured the at­ten­tion of Hong Kong Tatler read­ers to take the crown for this year's Best New Restau­rant award.

Launched in the sum­mer of 2016 in the Tai Hang neigh­bour­hood, Sec­ond Draft is a col­lab­o­ra­tive project by pas­sion­ate lo­cal en­trepreneurs—Chris Wong and James Ling of The Ale Project, Ro­hit Du­gar of Young Master Ales, and May Chow of Lit­tle Bao.

Brought to­gether by their love for lo­cal culi­nary tra­di­tions but each bring­ing with them an in­ter­na­tional out­look, the con­cept of a “Chi­nese gas­tropub” was born. A re­laxed, light-filled space in­spired by the beloved Star Ferry is the un­pre­ten­tious back­drop for a se­ri­ous menu of both food and drink, which cel­e­brates Asian flavours with a twist.

“Sec­ond Draft brings old Hong Kong up to date in the best way pos­si­ble,” said one reader, and oth­ers were just as gen­er­ous in heap­ing praise upon the restau­rant. Many com­mented on the warm ser­vice and gen­uine, knowl­edgable staff—vi­tal when the beer menu is this se­ri­ous, the food this un­usual.

As one reader put it, “Sec­ond Draft is mav­er­ick. In the city's ho­mo­ge­neously hip­sterised din­ing scene, it per­fectly mar­ries craft beer with ac­tu­ally in­ven­tive fu­sion food, with­out feel­ing forced. It is a bar and restau­rant that Hong Kong can call its own.” We couldn’t agree more.

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