69 Neil Rd
The digs at L’Aiglon are suitably premium – owner Pierre-Emmanuel Plassart imported practically everything including the kitchen sink (okay, maybe not that) from France. Behind the bar, Louis Tan (in the running for 2014 Diageo Bartender of the Year) has designed Asian fusion cocktails like the Screaming Tomatoes ($22), a version of a Bloody Mary that includes blowtorching a skewer of French cherry tomatoes. Get a seat at the bar counter – rescued from an old French chateau – to get in on the action.
There’s a fittingly Asian twist on the small bar snacks menu: tartare of obsiblue prawns sourced from New Caledonia ($18) is served in popiah hats, chicken samosas ($12) look more like a spring rolls, and crab cakes have a kick of curry spice.
Last but not least, we try the “PEP” mini chicken burgers; there are three of them, which looks generous initially, but once we crack into them, soft chicken patty, toasted bun, lashings of bourbon barbecue sauce, it’s clear there will be some foul play required to claim the third.
Top Tip – if you’re escaping the paparazzi you can prearrange to come in and out of the sneaky back door via Duxton Hill.