Once you’ve managed to locate it (nestled as it is away in newly fashionable Sheung Wan’s Sai Street), walking into Boom - the latest arrival to the gallery-cum-cafe bar
genre currently delighting Hong Kong - gives you that kind of smug, in-the-know inner glow that comes with all under-the-radar finds. Is it the locale, hidden off the main Hollywood Road drag and far from the hurly burly of Lan Kwai Fong? Is it the relaxed and laid-back, feel-good atmosphere? Or is it the fact that you never quite know what may be going on – event, exhibition opening, acoustic set from a new indie band, vertical wine tasting, or just a good old fashioned latte or cocktail?
Whatever it is, Boom makes a handsome and welcome arrival to the scene with its clean-lined, industrial urbanista-meets-stripped out neo-gent’s club with its schmick button back seating, pendant lights and funked out soundtrack. Add a short but decent menu of home-cooked snacks like chorizo spaghetti, clams in white wine, and a range of sweet and savoury crepes (hello, Nutella and banana... step this way), as well as walls adorned with the work of new local artists every month, and you’ve got culture, drinks and dinner all figured out in one.