If location is a determining factor for a restaurant’s success, Pirata Group’s decision to open on Wyndham Street—neighbouring clubs and dive bars—is a puzzling start. After an ambitious slew of new restaurants, from Tsim Sha Tsui’s Pici to Soho’s Chifa Dumpling House and Wan Chai’s Madame Ching, the restaurant group has returned to Central’s busiest nightlife district with not one, but two openings.
Within just walking distance away from Black Sheep Restaurants' New Punjab Club, there’s Chaiwala, a chai bar-inspired restaurant, and Hugger Mugger, a bar, both sharing the same basement space that was formerly occupied by Aqua Group’s Zafran. Both are accessed through an unseemly entrance on Wyndham Street signalled by a blue brick wall and a red door, a quirky combination that catches your attention at first sight. To get to the restaurant, walk past the main Hugger Mugger bar space and you’ll be led straight to an enlarged open kitchen, the main cooking space set with bar seating. The main dining room is just beyond, where lights are much dimmer, with white-washed walls and framed paintings and photographs. We adore the floaty fabrics and ceiling pendant lamps that stretch across the dining room, adding an intimate ambience to the space with a sense of mystique.