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.