Takumi Mixology Salon is your new Hong Kong go-to for bespoke Japanese-inspired cocktails in Causeway Bay.
We all love sipping well made cocktails in a seductive space that smacks of Mad Men – it’s so very grown up – and then more intimate the better in our book. If you’re nodding in agreement you’ll love Takumi Mixology Salon, which just opened in Causeway Bay.
An intimate 18-seat divan on the third floor of Cubus, this Japanese speakeasy is all about dark and devious discussions and perfectly executed cocktails crafted by mixology maestro Rayven Leung.
Your tenth grade Japanese vocab might not extend to the word takumi, but it essentially means ‘artisan,’ and at the new speakeasy, the focus is all on tailor-made concoctions that capture the essence of Japan’s renowned cocktail bars, and where each soul-soothing, spirit-lifting elixir is uniquely crafted to align with the guest’s preferences.
How do they know what you like to sip you might ask. Like any good interaction with a barber or a tailor, the process starts with a consultation during which the bartenders will ask about your preferences for sweetness or bitterness, your favourite spirits and cocktail styles, and then meticulously compose a drink just for you, from the choice of ice, to the stirring technique, the presentation, the glassware and even the garnish – hell, they’ll even let you name it.
A commitment to seasonal ingredients, often reflected in Japan’s rich kaiseki tradition, ensures that the cocktail menu is ever-evolving, just like nature itself, while the bar’s intimate space and decor ensures a personalised experience like no other.
Of course, if you lack imagination or simply want to tap into all that expertise, there’s also a list of signature libations, tried-and-tested drinks like the Zen, a smokey cocktail inspired by the serenity of Zendō (Japanese meditation halls), with Takumi sandalwood vodka, blended house vermouth, blended scotch and hojicha; and the Spumoni, aptly inspired by the Japanese anime series Bartender, with Campari, pink grapefruit, yuzushu and tonic.
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