In a buzzing, cosmopolitan city such as Sydney, it comes as no surprise that there should be an enviable gamut of fine wine bars, both local and internationally-driven. One bar that has seen resounding success is Italian-focused wine and light-bite diner 121BC – much loved by locals in the trendy Surry Hills and from the same people behind popular hangouts Vini and Berta. And now these generous souls are bringing their oenophile expertise to Hong Kong shores with a second 121BC (also designed by Sydney architect Anthony Gill) on Peel Street.
Like a love letter to Italian wine, the menu features only that, with varietals from all 20 regions of Italy – and as if that weren’t impressive enough, all wines featured are exclusive in Hong Kong to 121 thanks to the sourcing talents of sommelier Giorgio de Maria. Bottles range from the affordable 2011 Ezio Trinchero Grignolino d’Asti (HKD410) to the showstopping 1985 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino vintage (HKD11,000).
Chef Daniel Johnston from 121’s sister restaurant Vini, will be plating up modest seasonal accompaniments like mackerel carpaccio, salted pork with chilli clams, and homemade ricotta over roasted aubergine. And for those who prefer a good cold beer, 121 boasts an artisanal selection from Lazio. Cheers, mate!