The Lounge at ZEST by Konishi
A Japanese cocktail bar with a comfy terrace and sunset views? You don’t have to ask me twice!
Recently open in Central is The Lounge at ZEST by Konishi (with ZEST being the fine dining restaurant that’s open one floor below the bar). The acclaimed chef behind it is Mitsuru Konishi whose accomplished history includes being the Executive Chef of Wagyu Takumi where he earned 2 Micheline stars in 2014. The Lounge is his first foray into more casual cooking.
Partnering with Chef Konishi is fun-loving and knowledgeable bar manager Jonny Amir who has put together quite the cocktail list (all cocktails are $138). Of the ones I tried, my favourites were Quinine and Voyage.
This beautiful cocktail is light and refreshing with a velvety texture. In addition to Spanish Gin Tonica, there’s white peach liqueur, white port and burnt honey. Inside the glass is also some hibiscus ice so the colour and flavour of the drink changes slightly as the ice melts.
This one is for those who love a strong drink with a twist. There are sweet, sour and smoky notes from hibiscus-infused mezcal along with creamy vanilla ones from Weller Bourbon. Some Italian Barolo Chinato Marolo liqueur adds that something extra. While the drink alone is rich and delicious, it also comes topped with a thick chocolate shell and dusted with matcha powder.
Complementing the elegant drinks are some interesting bites. They range from pure comfort such as Wagyu mini burgers and fries ($110) and Chicken Kaarage ($175) to the elegant Pan Con Tomates ($88 for Shrimp and Guacamole, $88 for Chorizo Piperade).
The kitchen is small but the bites are prepared very well. I’d happily reorder any of the bites though if I had to pick a favourite it’d be the Shrimp and Guacamole Pan Con Tomate. Each ingredient was fresh and delightful, and the bread was so airy.
The Lounge at ZEST by Konishi is wonderfully elegant. It’s a unique gem in Central having all the key ingredients: sophisticated drinks, interesting bites, elegant surroundings, city (and sunset) views, and a solid price point.
29/F, 18 On Lan St, Central, 2715 0878
*By invitation for Foodie