A souk-like Moroccan cocktail and shisha den tucked away in Wyndham Street
Marketed as a lounge and bar, Lilya combines Instagrammable cocktails with a well-executed Moroccan theme that allows for some fun, if unremarkable, escapism.
Entering the Wyndham Street establishment is like stepping straight into a souk. Colourful babouches line the wall and soft Moroccan music punctuates the atmosphere. We opt to sit on the balcony and make ourselves comfortable in a pillowed alcove. Although the bustle of Central sits just below, Lilya scores points for conjuring a vibe that transports us as close as we’re ever going to get to Marrakech in this city.
The night kicks off with cocktails. Firstly, the Oriental Fashion. A mix of Ron Zacapa 23, syrup ras el hanout, orange citrus and smoking lavender, it’s appealingly served within a smoke filled bell jar. It’s a little too sweet for my liking but the smokiness just about balances this old-fashioned-with-a-North-African-kick. The Marjorelle is equally easy on the eye. A blend of Napue gin, cardamom syrup, basil, fresh apple juice and citrus is presented in a bright red, miniature tagine pot and topped with dainty edible flowers – a cute touch. The botanical notes of the gin combine with the cardamom syrup to make for an exotic concoction, but it’s nothing too exciting.
The two of us ordered food but the portions of lamb shoulder and purple artichokes were disappointing given the price tags. The lamb was merely a medallion, and the measly three artichokes didn’t quite cut it either. Luckily, both were tasty and led me onto the best decision of the night: ordering a blend of a blend of pineapple and coconut shisha. The wonderfully smooth smoke was laced with a pina colada flavour from the fruit and provided a relaxing end to the meal.
|Venue name:||Lilya Moroccan Bar and Lounge|
2/F, 77 Wyndham Street
|Opening hours:||6pm until late|
|Transport:||Central MTR, exit D2|
|Price:||Meal for two around $800|
|Do you own this business?|