Time Out says
It’s been a month since we gave a glowing review to new Chinese restaurant Tycoon Tann. The three-floored venue, rooted in Chinese culture and design, impressed us with its effective use of high end ingredients and so we decide the restaurant’s elegantly decorated Mod Bar, which sits separate from the dining room, on street level, warrants a second look.
As soon as we glance at the drinks menu we know we’re in for a treat. The Wellington Street location provides a buzzing atmosphere and is the perfect spot for classy pre-dinner tipples with overarching Chinese flair. We appreciate the depth of a menu encompassing luxury wines, Champagnes, Chinese wines, spirits, craft and bottled beers and a nice range of cocktails, alongside a ‘snack’ menu that features specials from the kitchen above.
We dive into the innovative house cocktail list with a Yum Cha ($85), served in an Chinese tea cup along with a slice of fresh cinnamon. We love the novel combination of cinnamon gin, lemongrass, elderflower and fruit tea and the flavours dance on our tongue, leaving us wondering why we ever bother with tea in our teacups at all. We move on to the Dried Tangerine ($110); a simple yet well executed twist on a mojito, made with homemade tangerine rum, soda, lime and mint. We also order a Chi Pao ($105), comprising rye whisky, moutai (a variety of baijiu), apple, cinnamon, egg white and bitters. It’s strong, moreish and downright excellent. All our drinks chalk up points for originality and presentation just as much as flavour. We also order a tasty portion of deep fried beancurd cubes with chilli ($68) to soak it all up.
Mod Bar is classy and well executed, much like its drinks. There’s only a brief lull to proceedings when the bar staff disappear altogether on two occasions, leaving us wandering around searching for them. But it’s not something that a little training won’t solve. We recommend a cocktail or three at Mod Bar. You probably won’t stay here all night, but it’s a cracking place to kick one off in style. Layla Ho
Mod Bar 74 Wellington St, Central, 3125 3228; tycoontann.com.