Over in Hong Kong at the legendary Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, The Aubrey, an eccentric Japanese izakaya, claimed a spot as a new entry on the list this year – in 38th place. Asia’s 50 Best Bars said: “The bar is easy on the eye, punctuated with plush vintage furniture, quirky knick-knacks and beautiful lamps. Led by the ever charming and dapper Devender Seghal, a bar legend who embodies true hospitality and serves up excellently crafted Japanese libations.” Sehgal tells us what makes The Aubrey unique and what the accolade means to his team.
What is the ‘special ingredient’ behind the success of a bar?
First and foremost, we are in the people business and, as much as we care about the ingredients and flavours of our drinks, we understand that exceeding guests’ expectations is our top priority. Caring about them is what makes a great bar. I profoundly believe that the concept and idea behind the bar also go a long way. That’s why at The Aubrey we are determined to introduce something new to our guests, so that they feel that they have learned something and feel comfortable in the space.
What do you feel was behind your 50 Best Bars recognition?
We gained recognition through our legendary service, support from the industry and the acknowledgement that we are doing something different when it comes to the concept of our bar on this scale.
How did the team react?
This was the first time that The Aubrey was recognised as part of Asia’s 50 Best, so it was certainly great for the team as they had worked really hard during challenging times. To be recognised by our industry peers was absolutely amazing.