First Look: PDT Hong Kong Is Open

By Neat Pour Staff |

Tell us more! NYC’s celebrated PDT bar just opened their second location Hong Kong. PDT the sequel swung open the doors of their new venue inside the ultra-luxury Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong on Monday (1.29).

“It is extremely exciting to be collaborating with the immensely talented Jim Meehan and Jeff Bell for their first venture outside of the States. After hosting PDT’s pop-up as part of our Masters of Mixology programme last year, we recognised that PDT would be a perfect permanent fit for us,” said Torsten van Dullemen, General Manager of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.

To be exact, the Asian 25 seat outpost will be housed within the Mandarin’s standard MO Bar. Keeping with the speakeasy vibe of the Gotham PDT, guests will have to enter through a secret entrance in phone booth. The hidden portal is not the only holdover from the original location. Bell and Meehan’s drinks program will include several of PDT’s signature cocktails like the Benton’s Old Fashioned, Shark, and Mezcal Mule. Designer Nelson Chow’s interior will feature iconic details from its New York counterpart, such as the copper topped bar and signature eclectic mix of taxidermy on the bar’s walls.

A very fancy phone booth hides the entrance (Courtesy PDT Hong Kong)

The NYC cocktail favorites will also be complimented by new libations created for the Asian location by Bell and Meehan.The ‘Big Fan’ is a shandy made with Cabeza tequila, lime juice, pink peppercorn, guava and Moonzen Fuijan radler. The ‘Bad Hunter’ is a John Collins riff featuring Chivas blended Scotch whisky, Fernet Hunter, lemon juice, dragon eye and Moët Brut Imperial Champagne. The ‘Milky Tea Punch’ is a flip of Ron Zacapa Centenario rum, Hennessy V.S.O.P. cognac, Rickshaw tea, condensed milk, Tayouran egg and Angostura bitters. Additional offerings will include the requisite local, craft beers as well as an appropriately impressive list of small allocation wines.

The Big Fan arrives with a garnish apropos to the name. (Courtesy PDT Hong Kong)

Food will be the domain of Chef Richard Ekkebus of the Michelin two star restaurant Amber (also housed in the hotel). His inaugural menu offers high end riffs on American comfort food. “My team and I have developed artisanal frankfurters with free-range pork, chicken and beef from sustainable sources,” explained Ekkebus.

Yes. Free. Range. Hot. Dogs.

The Honkie Dog (Courtesy PDT Hong Kong)

“New creations for PDT Hong Kong include the ‘Honkie Dog’ fried pork dog with sakura shrimp and XO mayo,” explained a press release. :Not to be missed is the Okonomiyaki-style tater tots topped with kewpie mayonnaise, takoyaki sauce, shredded nori, bonito shavings and scallions.”

Gourmet Tater-Tots… It’s a thing. (Courtesy PDT Hong Kong)

The new location is not a surprise to many. The Mandarin Hong Kong location has been rumored since 2016 when PDT hosted a popup at the same location (and featuring a similar menu). Overall, Hong Kong is hot in the craft cocktail biz these days. Employees Only already opened a location on the island. Diageo, the sponsor behind the PDT pop-up, is actively pushing events in Hong Kong including a Death & Co. a couple months ago.

If you’re in Hong Kong (or heading there soon,) reservations can be made up to a week in advance, by calling +852 2132 0110 or emailing lmhkg-pdt@mohg.com.

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