I’m sure you’ve all heard of New York’s PDT (Please Don’t Tell) bar, and without a doubt, it’s one of the most sophisticated and glamorous bars in the Big Apple. Now, Hong Kong’s The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is set to bite into the glitterati with a bit of PDT. The luxury hotel will play house to the New York-born concept with a stylish and intimate cocktail bar.
PDT has definitely scored well with the New Yorkers given its covert entryway, out-of-the-box aperitif menu and offbeat interiors. In case you were unaware, Jim Meehan and Jeff Bell are behind New York’s innovative cocktail carte du jour. PDT Hong Kong is indeed PDT’s first permanent establishment outside the Big Apple.
Perched on the mezzanine above MO Bar, Mandarin Oriental’s all-day-dining venue, PDT Hong Kong follows the tradition of the original: guests will enter through an entrance disguised by a phone booth at the top of the staircase.
Fashioned and curated by designer Nelson Chow, the interiors of the bar preserves PDT New York’s signature style with its copper bar top, herringbone patterned wood ceiling and taxidermy, but each asset has been given a playful spin.
“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 recognized that PDT would be a perfect permanent fit for us,” said Torsten van Dullemen, General Manager of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.
What’s on the menu? Well, the impressive menu ranges over 15 cocktails and entails the ‘Big Fan’, a refreshing shandy served with Cabeza tequila, lime juice, pink peppercorn, guava and Moonzen Fuijan radler; the ‘Bad Hunter’, a John Collins prepared with Chivas blended Scotch whisky, Fernet Hunter, lemon juice, dragon eye and Moët Brut Imperial Champagne; and the ‘Milky Tea Punch’, a rich flip composed of Ron Zacapa Centenario rum, Hennessy V.S.O.P. cognac, Rickshaw tea, condensed milk, Tayouran egg and Angostura bitters. Of course, The Page 2 cocktails are supplemented with a selection of regional beers, wines, and non-alcoholic options.
Comfort food and cocktails are an inseparable mix. With Chef Richard Ekkebus’ take on American comfort foods, this has got to be an intriguing spread.
“My team and I have developed artisanal frankfurters with free-range pork, chicken, and beef from sustainable sources.”
Think bacon-wrapped, deep-fried pork dog with Kimchi from the New York menu while new creations for PDT Hong Kong include the ‘Honkie Dog’ fried pork dog with sakura shrimp and XO mayo. We highly recommend the Okonomiyaki-style tater tots topped with kewpie mayonnaise, takoyaki sauce, shredded nori, bonito shavings, and scallions.
PDT Hong Kong opening hours:
Monday to Thursday 5 pm to 1 am
Friday & Saturday 5pm to 1:30am
Where: The Landmark, Mandarin Oriental
15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2132 0188