Unlike Central and Sheung Wan, restaurants in Sai Ying Pun present themselves differently. Often times they are secretly tucked away on quiet streets, requiring a long stroll following old street signs and shop fronts to reach them. Brut, a new tapas restaurant, is one of them. Brut resides in a quiet space distant from other neighboring restaurants, towards the Eastern Street end of Second Street, which is now beginning to fill up with new cafes and restaurants.
The sure sign that you’ve reached the right place is the drawing of a pig at the doorway, beyond which lies a generally casual setting—it’s bar seating on one side, with high stools and communal tables on the other. The décor is modest; part of the room is painted dark green, while the remaining walls are left exposed and raw, an intentional touch that gave a personal, homely feel to the restaurant.