My wife and I came on January 1st to avoid NYE crowd and to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and we absolutely were not disappointed by the rumors we had heard about this restaurant. From the warm greeting at reception to the amazing handcrafted cocktails to the stunning Gatsby-esque Art Deco decor and the attentive service, this restaurant should be on everyone's "Must Eat" list. Our experience went totally beyond our already high expectations.
When we arrived we were greeted by name and led upstairs to the dining room and wooooooow, where the hell are we?! Hard to believe that such a ridiculously beautiful restaurant is hidden on Gough street next to the grimy noodle vendors and hipster boutiques.
The restaurant manager warmly greeted us at the top of the stairs and led us to the bar where our bartender, Kay, dazzled us with her liquor knowledge and cocktail craftmanship. My wife was directed to the Sgt. Pepper, and for my drink Kay went rogue and created a custom bourbon drink for me on the spot. The cocktail list was curated by rising star Alex Ko and is long, creative, and engrossing. Perusing the list is like Pokémon but better and drunker: Gotta Try Them All!
For dinner we opted to share a variety of dishes and were not disappointed by any of the dishes from chef Arron Rhodes. Oysters, mushrooms, gnocchi, pork belly (the whiskey sage sauce was beyond compare), Norwegian cod, and topped off with two desserts. First, a mouthwatering array of chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache, and brownie crumbles, followed by spiced creme brûlée accompanied by rosemary apricot sorbet. Speechless.
Clad in tweed waistcoats and bow ties, the servers were fun and cheeky but refined armed with VERY detailed knowledge of the dishes and provenance of ingredients. Our server, Marcus, was the perfect steward for our special dinner out and deserves twice whatever it is they are paying him.
I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant: the decor, the service, and the food & drinks are all top-notch. Don't be surprised if it becomes harder and harder to get a booking, this will be HK's new "It" restaurant. Gough's is totally mental and totally worth the trip, get in there now while you still can.
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