January 1st, 2013 | Posted by The Booyah Cook in Hong Kong - (0 Comments)

We sat at the bar at Butler and were listening to the music. Anthony spotted it was a really gentle jazz version of Rydeen by YMO. We asked the barman (Masayuki Uchida) about the music and he said his friend made it for him in Japan for the bar. Then eventually we got on to talking about drinks, YMO and the barman told me about Ryuchi Sakamoto’s favourite drink which is from a famous bar back in Japan. I didn’t think to watch as it was made: lemony, limey and a few drops of blue curacao in the bottom of the glass.

Anthony’s Moscow Mule. Not a lot to see but it was enough to get me to buy a bottle of vodka and infuse it with fresh ginger, just as they used at Butler.

What a lovely Olympic leg. And in the foreground is my Yuzu cocktail –  Yuzu liquor, vodka, lemon juice, dried yuzu peel.

Brandy Alexander

This was Anthony’s last. Made with tea liqueur, Cointreau and some other stuff I don’t remember.

My last one. A slice of melon, midori, absolute citron, honey syrup.

You can read about the last time I visited Butler here.

5/F, Mody House, 30 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2724 3828.


December 11th, 2011 | Posted by The Booyah Cook in Paris | Restaurant - (0 Comments)

In Paris on the last night after ticking off the places we had on our list for a while, Anthony and I had no plan and no real clue what we wanted to do. We had though about Chez Omar on Rue de Bretagne which despite pretty ordinary reviews online is always chocka with a queue of people waiting for the tagines, chick peas and other Morrocan meals. Except every time we went, neither of us could be bothered queuing. So while we had been wandering around the past few nights, we had walked past a homemade looking cocktail bar place with a red lamp outside and a cocktail board with drinks containing cardamon pods, tarragon or lavendar.

And it was Happy Hour.

The place looked more it was in Brussels than Paris with old posters, retro furniture, weird things glued on the wall. The cocktails were all reasonably priced and most we had were great. Some were a bit shit. But it was major chill out vibes with some nice tits on the wall.

In my dream life, my place is halfway between Wildrick’s and Ladurée (well not actually Ladurée necessarily – more for the dining room vibes than the cake because I would always choose Patissure Pain du Sucre of Ladurée any day.)

Afterwards, we were a “bit peckish” and went local for some food.

At Al Taglio you buy the pizza by the kilo form the 8 or so different pizzas at the counter. They change constantly so my advice is dont stuff yourself the first time round. Its also good if you want to try a bit of all of them. Personal favourite is the potato and truffle cream.

Address: 27 rue de Saintonge, 75003
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 09 50 48 84 06

or there is the main one

Address: 2 bis rue Neuve Popincourt, 75011
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 43 38 12 00