Off the plane and straight to meetings. Before, between, and after our appointments my team and I used every spare moment to explore the city. Dinner at Mott 32 was a must before we wrapped up our first evening. Wow! The restaurant tucked in an old vault of a very commercial looking building was anything but. The ambiance was incredible. We were seated in a gorgeous room where the interior glowed a sophisticated coral and soft orange. The seats themselves were comfy plush velvet nestled between parqueted wood walls that jetted up to a vaulted ceiling. Hundreds of traditional Chinese calligraphy brushes hung from twine on the walls on both sides; It was a truly mesmerizing room. The only thing missing was a chawan bowl of Persimmon & Copal on the table, seriously the color would have matched perfectly. We dined on some major deliciousness. Order the pork belly and the crispy chicken - just do it.
The following afternoon we bopped around using our vehicle as a makeshift office. We made a pitstop at Ladies Market, a traditional outdoor marketplace, the perfect place to buy my girls a few cute Hong Kong souvenirs (The Pokemon slippers were a hit!). Later that evening we stopped by the roof top of the Ritz Carlton. We were told it was the best view of the city and there is absolutely no doubt about that.
From there we headed over to Ronin for dinner. With no sign and almost hidden entry door you might miss this spot at first glance, but slide the industrial metal door to reveal a chic cozy izakaya-style resturant. The seating is simple, bar style on left and right with a decadent display of Japanese spirits (best display of Japanese whiskey I’ve ever seen) behind the back corner bar. My team and I agreed, we wanted to try everything on the dinner menu, which changes daily, and the only way we wouldn’t miss out on something was to opt for the tasting menu. Boy are we glad we did. Uni and crab, fresh sashimi, and mini fried crabs were just a few of the insane dishes we enjoyed.
On our way back to our hotel, we made one last stop, a place called The Iron Fairies. Stop. It. Right. Now. Butterflies are suspended from the ceiling throughout the entire venue. It's an incredible site and that is just the start. The round iron seating tables featured piles of mini iron Fairy statues. Other guests sat inside casting rooms outlining the permitter, forging tools hung along the back wall of the bar, while above the counter hung bundles of mini bottles of fairy dust. It was as though we were inside a Fairy Factory, truly Magical spot. I can really appreciate all the hidden details throughout the space.
The following morning we embarked on our long journey home. From the hotel back into our office on wheels and then straight to the airplane. Sigh….
Until next time Hong Kong.