The Envoy has long been on my bucket list, mainly for their stunningly beautiful cocktails. Located in the Pottinger hotel, this cozy bar has a quirky colonial design indoor dining area as well as an outdoor terrace for customers to lay back and chill. At the helm of the bar are two extremely talented mixologists, Antonio Lai and Amanda Wan. The cocktails here are no simple drinks, each has a story to tell and are both beautiful to look at and fun to drink.
Recently, in addition to serving drinks, The Envoy are also doing a Colonial Brunch to pay tribute to Sir Henry Pottinger, the Hong Kong governor that the hotel is named after. Since I only came back to Hong Kong in 1997, this was a perfect opportunity for me to try some Colonial inspired dishes along with their playful cocktails.
When choosing drinks the waiter asked whether we would like to have free-flow champagne or try the cocktails. Pretty much a no brainer imo. We ordered two of their popular cocktails – The Early Bird (left) and Down the Rabbit Hole (right). I had my eyes set on The Early Bird long before I arrived at the restaurant, cause drinking out of a bird’s butt seems really fun (I’m weird I know). The flavours of this cocktail were a bit conservative, going with the fail-safe citrus combo of pineapple, passionfruit and lemon. The other cocktail was a bit more interesting, with flavours of banana, honeydew, thyme and lime juice. There was a piece of the traditional rabbit candy on top resting on a piece of white chocolate, the rabbit candy was fun and brought back childhood memories but didn’t add much in-terms of flavour.
For food, there was an option to choose traditional items such as fish and chips, Sunday roast and all day breakfast, or to choose Colonial inspired dishes. Another no brainer imo, why go to a Colonial brunch if you’re gonna pick regular stuff. The first dish we ordered was butter chicken waffles. Chicken had crispy skin and had a great depth of flavour from the spices. The waffles had saffron and cardamom added as well and went well with the chicken. On the side was some apple and mango chutney which added some sweetness to the savoury waffles.
Our second main was the slow-cooked lamb rump. Our lamb was slightly overcooked (we asked for medium and came out closer to med-well) but was still very juicy and tender. The sauce was a summery red pepper jus with cool cucumber yoghurt. Overall a very solid dish.
For desserts there were only two options so we ordered both. The Milo lava French toast was fried to a beautiful golden colour and had a nice texture. We were expecting Milo goodness to ooze out when we cut into the toast but unfortunately it wasn’t the case. Nonetheless, the toast was very delicious and we were fighting over it, wishing we ordered two instead.
The ice cream waffles was exactly as the name depicted – waffles with ice cream. This was boring in comparison to the other dishes we had so far. They tried to make it slightly interesting by using coconut ice cream but the flavour was very mild and not enough to save this dessert from the reject corner. We just pushed it aside while we fought over the French toast instead.
Overall brunch at The Envoy was a pleasant experience. The food and drinks were excellent and the environment was comfortable (plush sofas yay). The only downside is the price tag that comes with this experience. Our brunch came out at $828 before 10% which is quite hefty. This is definitely more suited for special occasions only.
Tel: 2169 3311
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu: 12:00-01:00, Fri-Sat: 12:00-02:00, Sun: 11:00-01:00