From this Friday, 28 August, restaurants will be allowed to open for dinner service until 9pm. This is great news for struggling eateries that have had to cut their hours for weeks now. However, bars are still unable to open, and no indication has been given as to when this will be allowed, leaving many of our favourite watering holes in the lurch.

That’s why Andō, Chef Agustin Ferrando Balbi’s newly opened restaurant by JIA Group, and The Pontiac, one of SoHo’s most popular cocktail bars, have joined forces to help each other through these challenging times.

For one month from 28 August, diners can enjoy three of the Pontiac’s expertly crafted cocktails when they order one of Andō’s modern tasting menus. At the start of the meal, Andō’s dine-in guests will also enjoy a cocktail or mocktail on the house.

The Pontiac Hong Kong

The three signature cocktails being highlighted are Hobnail ($120), featuring rye whisky, rich ginger syrup, Amaro Averna, lemon, Angostura bitters and orange oil, the tropical, tiki-style P.O.G.D. ($120) – a milk-clarified daiquiri of passion fruit, orange, guava, walnut liqueur, rum and orange bitters – and The Pontiac’s answer to a classic old-fashioned, Bad Dream Mama ($120), composed of cacao caramel reposado tequila, Regan’s orange bitters, absinthe, orange and lemon oil. There is also a refreshing mocktail in the form of Truth Hurts ($120), made with grapefruit, house bangerang syrup (The Pontiac’s version consists of falernum with fresh mint, vanilla, cinnamon and Sichuan peppercorn) and soda, garnished with a twirl of grapefruit.

All cocktail sales will go towards supporting The Pontiac.

We love to see the creative ways in which those in the F&B industry continue to support each other – and we’ll drink to that!

Andō, 1/F, Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central, 2380 9007, book online

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