Ammo knows how to make a memorable first impression. First, there’s the location inside the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, a gorgeous museum complex perched on the side of a thickly forested mountain slope, just above a cascading waterfall. Then there’s the steampunk design by Joyce Wang, which reflects the site’s previous life as a British explosives magazine in its heavy use of bullet-inspired brass and three sculptural staircases that hang from the six-metre ceiling. It all works surprisingly well with the large picture windows looking out onto the surrounding forest – which, incidentally, is inhabited by a rare colony of fruit bats.
Just as intriguing is the menu devised by owner-chef Tony Cheng and chef Roland Schuller, best known for their Michelin-starred restaurant The Drawing Room. Mediterranean with an Asian twist is the best way to describe it, with tapas like oxtail meatballs, cuttlefish cappuccino and langoustine wrapped in Vietnamese rice paper. Main courses include house-made pasta and secondi piatti like slow-cooked egg with toro, sea urchin and zucchini sauce. There’s also a long and inventive list of cocktails like the Kiwi Basil Martini.