COMING TO TERMS WITH CLASSIC MARTINIS
Café Gray Deluxe at The Upper House in Admiralty, without a doubt, is an incredible place to enjoy a martini. You have to go there and enjoy a few of them. The presentation is epic, especially with that 49th floor view of Victoria Harbour and the alwaysinteresting crowd that gathers there nightly.
It’s often quipped that the perfect dry martini is merely held up towards the direction of Italy before serving – meaning very little vermouth is added. Personally, I don’t get this allusion. A few drops of vermouth in a good, aromatic gin will go a long way to making it even better, indeed – making it a martini.
Feel free to enjoy all the cranberry, lychee, coffee and flavoured “martinis” in the world. They have their place. But they will never match the beautiful perfection of a well-made classic martini. Finding them certainly isn’t a problem in Hong Kong, once you know what to look for.