Drinks and noo­dles in a bar for the young and old

Business World - - ARTS & LEISURE -

NEVER HAVE I felt both so young and so old as when I vis­ited Lan Kwai Speakeasy & Hong Kong Cui­sine. Par­ents, you have to make a de­ci­sion whether to beat them or join them at a new bar in Katipunan that of­fers great meal of­fer­ings as well as great drinks.

Lit up with red lights show­ing Chi­nese char­ac­ters and a neon sign say­ing “Wish You Were Here” and painted with mu­rals de­pict­ing kitschy Hong Kong scenes, one might try to imag­ine that one is on the set of In The Mood for Love, if not for the tinny pop mu­sic em­a­nat­ing from the speak­ers. While kids pop­u­lated the bar on the night of BusinessWorld’s visit, a cer­ti­fied tita (aunty) with a hand­bag and glasses hung on a beaded cord waited patiently along with them, wait­ing for an or­der of noo­dles.

We couldn’t blame her: BusinessWorld or­dered the pork asado noo­dles, swim­ming in a com­fort­ing broth with hints of star anise, while the gen­er­ous pork chunks were sweet­ish and ten­der. We couldn’t be stopped, and we or­dered a bowl of duck rice — cres­cents of ten­der duck laid on a bed of fluffy white rice, glazed with a made-from­scratch char siu sauce (ac­cord­ing to co-owner Car­los Mu­nar­riz).

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