The Envoy at The Pottinger Hotel has always been a popular drinking spot for the after-work crowds, particularly due to its beautiful and spacious outdoor terrace. It has now also revamped its food menu to offer “colonial-inspired” small plates to complement its selection of creative cocktails.
In contrast to its location on the corner of bustling Pottinger Street and Stanley Street, The Pottinger Hotel exudes elegance from the moment you step inside. On the third floor of the building, The Envoy, which is actually part of the same group as award-winning bar The Quinary and Ori-Gin, is equally elegant, with slick dark wood and marble interiors.
The new food menu, put together by Head Chef Chetan Kohli, is inspired by Sir Henry Pottinger – the first Governor of Hong Kong – and his travels around the British colonies. It therefore features a selection of classic British dishes, alongside creative Asian-inspired bites. We began with some Pani Puri, a typical Indian street food dish consisting of hollow balls of crispy batter, served alongside an array of chutneys, spiced chickpeas and potatoes and an aromatic chicken broth. After carefully making a hole in the top of the ball, you stuff it with all of the fillings and pop it into your moth to create an explosion of flavours that will blow your mind. I had to force myself to stop after three of these explosions, knowing there was a feast yet to come.
The butter chicken lollipops were juicy and delicious chicken wings, prepared as a lollipop for ease of eating, served in a bowl of rich, aromatic butter curry sauce that was simply divine. As I was meeting some of my fellow diners for the first time, I had to refrain from double and triple dipping my lollipop back in the sauce.
I have a weakness for rendang curry, so the beef rendang cannelloni was on my list of must-try dishes. Whilst the beef was beautifully tender and the rendang sauce was heavenly, I was a bit confused by the buffalo mozzarella on top and didn’t think this was entirely necessary.
The spiced popcorn shrimps were excellent, the batter crisp yet light and not overly greasy, and the shrimps beneath perfectly bouncy.
I also really enjoyed the herbal tea devilled eggs, which were an interesting take on this classic dish, with earthy, spiced flavours that really worked.
Having been very excited about the dukkah-spiced short ribs, I actually found these very disappointing and entirely unexciting. The beef itself was tender, but dry and the dukkah rather tasteless.
The Bangers & Mash, a classic British favourite, was well-executed and as comforting as it should be, and I enjoyed the addition of the tangy caramelised onions.
I was also impressed by the fish and chips, another British classic, which was one of the best I have had in Hong Kong. It was served with an incredibly delicious curried tartar sauce that I could have happily devoured on its own straight from the bowl.
For dessert, the banoffee pie was good, but I would have preferred a little more toffee sauce and less whipped cream. The true show-stopper, however, was the Milo lava French toast. This was like a chocolate fondant slash French toast hybrid that was simply insane.
In time for summer, The Envoy has also launched a selection of new summer cocktails, prepared by Bar Manager Hungie Fong, which we sampled to complement our dinner. The Picnic Spritz is an alternative to everyone’s favourite Aperol Spritz, this time made with cucumber redistilled gin with rosehip and hibiscus cordial. It was a little too sweet for my liking, so I much preferred the Stranger Fruit, made with coriander redistilled gin, passionfruit purée, egg white and Angostura bitters, sprinkled with seven spice powder, as it was light and refreshing with a subtle spicy kick.
Prices for small plates range between $72 and $158, whilst cocktails are between $118 and $158. The Envoy has always been on my list of great spots for a pre-dinner drink or two. Now that I know the food is good too, it simplifies the question of where to stumble onto after happy hour!
3/F The Pottinger Hong Kong
74 Queen’s Road Central (entrance on Pottinger Street or Stanley Street)
Tel: +852 2169 3311