Tell Camellia: New Hong Kong bar makes craft cocktails for thirst-tea types

The bar at Tell Camellia. <i>Image courtesy of Tell Camellia</i>
The bar at Tell Camellia. Image courtesy of Tell Camellia

Two well-known names in Hong Kong’s drinks industry, Sandeep Hathiramani and Gagan Gurung, have teamed up for their latest bar, an artisanal tea-and-booze-based concept called Tell Camellia.

Designed as a speakeasy, the bar — which quietly launched a few months ago to operate under a “soft opening”stage — is hidden away inside the new-ish H Code building, and has a menu of cocktails based on well-known teas sourced from around the world. All cocktails are priced at HK$95 with an additional 10-percent service charge.

There’s the Turkey, for instance, a fizzy, citrusy blend of Rize Tea (black tea used for traditional Turkish tea) with “lion’s milk,” or raki, Turkey’s national alcoholic beverage that’s made from twice-distilled grapes and aniseed.

Turkey. Image Courtesy of Tell Camellia
The “Turkey” cocktail. Image courtesy of Tell Camellia

Kenya, on the other hand, combines Kenyan Marinyn Tea and homemade banana wine with sweet potatoes and crunchy cornflakes, plus a hint of honey and aged rum.

Kenya. Image Courtesy of Tell Camellia
The “Kenya.” Image courtesy of Tell Camellia

Another drink, called the Sri Lanka, takes a freshly steeped cup of the country’s famous tea, runs it through a rotary evaporator, and blends it with coconut, basmati rice, green algae, rye whisky, and homemade Ape Amma milk wine. It’s garnished with an edible sea coral tuile.

Sri Lanka. Image courtesy of Tell Camellia 
The “Sri Lanka.” Image courtesy of Tell Camellia

Tell Camellia is opensfrom 6pm until 1am every day except Sunday. It’s located on the LG floor of H Code building on Pottinger Street.

Tell Camellia is at LG/Floor, H Code, 45 Pottinger St, Central, Hong Kong

Open daily 6pm-1am, closed Sun
Phone: +852 6038 4020
MRT: Central


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