001 A New Speak Easy That's Blissfully Hidden

[23/12/10] 

We all liked to play hide and seek as children. Sometimes it was for thesheer thrill of evading capture by...gulp...girls (what were wethinking!), and sometimes because we just wanted a little peace and quiet, a break from the bedlam of the playground. As adults our lives have never been busier, and it's getting harder and harder to have some alone (or semi-alone) time without phones buzzing, emails chiming and the cacophony of the world resounding around us.

Head into the depths of Central's wet markets and you'll find a place where names are rarely mentioned, where identities are concealed, where cell phones are frowned upon, and cameras forbidden. 001, a name so simplistic it should say it all, is hidden behind a simple black door, an Asian bouncer reminiscent of Mr Spock, and the all seeing eye of a CCTV camera.

If they permit you entry, you'll find a brightly coloured, oddly quiet basement boudoir that's part Alice in Wonderland and part high-end Japanese cat house.

The cocktails are well worth the search; try the Blood & Sand, with scotch, orange juice, cherry herring, sweet vermouth and garnished with brandied cherries, or the Midnight Manhattan with home-made vanilla and cherry-infused bourbon, while the grilled cheese sandwiches should be Michelin-starred. What's more, its hidden location means it will take a while...

Until someone finds you.


001
Corner of Graham St & Wellington St


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