Ever tried the cuisine of Myanmar? Nelson Htoo has brought the flavours of Burma to Hong Kong with the opening of Club Rangoon
We know that you’re always on the hunt for the best new restaurants and new cafes in Hong Kong. Luckily, we don’t mind adding more than a few extra kilos every month to eat our way through the city (now that’s love!) The newest soon-to-be hot spot that we think y’all need to be clued up on is Club Rangoon, an underground space that will surely be loved by foodies and drinkers alike. Read on to find out why.
How’s the vibe at Club Rangoon?
Well, Club Rangoon has actually taken over the space that was was once Bindaas Bar & Kitchen (RIP). Head down the steps off Aberdeen Street, and you’ll find yourself in a cosy den-like space painted a lovely emerald green and complemented with warm woods and even warmer personalities.
I can’t stress enough how hit or miss I believe the service industry to be in HK (having worked in hospo for over 10 years, I’m allowed to have a strong opinion on this!), but I promise you will be in great hands here. Attentive service without the pretense makes it the perfect place to head after a busy day at work.
Across the walls, you’ll find photos of the owner’s family (see if you can spot his Mum!) along with images of culture in Myanmar, and ephemera too. I love the fact that the soundtrack for the first Burmese movie the owner ever watched plays in the bathrooms, and the music throughout our evening at Club Rangoon was on point too.
What about that food?
When one of the first dishes you’re served is egg curry bites, you know you’re in for a good time. My date and I were lucky enough to visit on the family and friends pre-opening night, and we tried so many outstanding dishes. I’m gonna give you my highlights:
1: Those Egg Curry Bites were fire. I will definitely be back for this alone, as it gave me memories of my childhood and eating curried eggs on fancy occasions at home.
2: Lah Phet Thoke, or tea leaf salad. You have to try this. It’s like nothing I’ve ever tasted before. Crunchy broad beans combine with sliced tomato, cabbage, nuts and ever-so-slightly bitter tea leaves to create a really delicious party in your mouth.
3: You may have heard of Mohinga before, as it’s the national dish of Myanmar. While it’s usually served for breakfast, enjoy it here for dinner and slurp away at rice noodles in a warming herb-infused fish-and-shallot broth infused with ginger and lemongrass – yum!
4: Shan Tofu Hnway. Rural Shan State encompasses the north of the country and borders Yunnan to the north and Laos to the east. As it gets cold up there during winters, these noodles bring warmth and I absolutely adored the subtle flavours.
We weren’t on the booze when we visited, but the non-alcoholic cocktail was delish, making reference to the colourful markets of the country. The cocktail list tells stories of the country and utilises ingredients that are often used in local cuisine.
In case you couldn’t tell, I loved my visit to Club Rangoon and can’t wait to get back there (if I can ever get a table again.)
Club Rangoon, 33 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong