Reggie & Ronald KWOK
Reggie and I had our first Tatler shoot in 2003. Porcia Leung [Tatler’s social editor at the time] invited us to a unique dining experience at Balalaika in Tsim Sha Tsui. She picked the venue as she wanted us to experience authentic Russian cuisine and nightlife, which we did.
It was a great evening, but it was the chilly ending that made it particularly remarkable. Balalaika has a bar that’s literally in a fridge, the “Siberian Vodka Room.” And that’s where Porcia had us wrap up the night. There was nothing else like it in Hong Kong at the time. Before entering the room, where the temperature was -20 degrees, Reggie and I were given fur coats and matching fur hats. They had over 60 varieties of vodka to choose from, and we ended up staying longer than we thought we could, considering the freezing cold. When we came out, I literally thought I was in romantic Saint Petersburg as my face was as red as a tomato and I could hardly walk in a straight line. It was a truly memorable evening, and Porcia became one of our closest friends after that!