The vibe: Ophelia is the much anticipated first Hong Kong venture by Ashley Sutton, the man behind some of Bangkok’s hottest hang outs and known for his unique concept bars. Money, time and effort have clearly been lavished on Ophelia, where the themes are peacocks and the exotic East (for those who like that kind of thing, there’s a back story about a bird collector called Mr Wong and a Javanese peacock called Ophelia).
Interior of Ophelia.
Colours are muted greens and blues, with peacock feather motifs, beaded curtains, giant birdcages and swings on which patrons can pose for pictures. Opulent and lush, the dimly lit, plushly furnished rooms feel as if you’ve strayed into in an exotic house of ill repute circa 1900.
The drinks: coyly entitled Ophelia’s Cabinet of Curiosities, the signature cocktail list features drinks with whimsical names accompanied by daffy quotes. The drinks sounded intriguing – on paper. A good cocktail should be more than the sum of its parts and none of the ones we tried came close to passing that test.
Jewelled Wing “Her dream came upon it” (HK$135, Ketel One vodka, lychee cordial, house infused sake, ylang-ylang mist) was sweet and smelt of ylang-ylang but had no depth or balance. Cheongasm “Her dress caused quite the commotion” (HK$130, tequila reposado, pomegranate cordial, red vermouth, lemon, lime, cinnamon mist) was equally one-dimensional. A small portion of liquor at the bottom of a mountain of ice, it was thin, medicinal and not remotely orgasmic.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner “On the Wing of the Albatross” (HK$165, El Dorado 8, Blackwell Jamaican, Bacardi 151, grapefruit, Drunken Passion Fruit Spoon, lime, thyme syrup), was helped by a request for less ice (complied with despite the waiter’s huffy warning that it was a “strong” drink). Strong, it was – all you could taste was rum. It would have been better if the half passion fruit floating on top had been mixed in.
The verdict: fantasy fulfilment or pretentious and overpriced – it’s all a matter of taste and Ophelia is certainly packing in punters eager for the Ashley Sutton experience. It seems the no-smoking laws don’t apply in Ophelia-land, judging by the ashtrays on the tables and the number of people smoking.
#RobertReviewFoodAndBeverage (Ophelia Bar, Wanchai, Hong Kong): 8 | 10
Global CEO-Founder of ChangeU and Movsha Movers & Shakers, Hero-CEO Whisperer, Writer, The #1 Alpha Change Expert, Father of Asian FireWalking
Robert Chaen is an International Keynote Speaker, writer, researcher, and corp games designer. He is famously known to be the “Hero-CEO Whisperer”, 1-on1 coaching with many CEOs and Celebrities for corporate strategies, staff & office political issues, personal branding, and even public figure OSHA safety drilling called Drager Defense.
He has transformed CEOs and managers in Coca-Cola China, TVB Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airport Services, VADS, TM, Public Bank, Auditor General's Office Maldives, etc.
He is the prolific creator and online Author of innovative management tools such as DragonCEO, Diamond Leader, Papillon Personal Effectiveness, OSHA Drager Defense, KPI Bank, etc. He is also the Founder of Movsha, an international networking with monthly mingles with MOVers & SHAkers, Angels, Entrepreneurs, CEOs, Celebrities, HR-PR-CSR, HODs, and the Most Influential IDEA people.
Chaen is widely considered as one of the top International Platform Keynote Speakers for Resorts World Genting Senior Management Conference (Manila), 7-Eleven HK, Samsung, Coca-Cola China Mini-MBA @Tsing Hua University, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Jockey Club, The Story Conference where he interviewed Datuk Kamarudin (Chairman of AirAsia) and Siti Nurhaliza.
He has been widely featured in TVB, AWSJ, CNBC, SCMP, The Star, and Sin Chew. As “The Father of Asian FireWalking”, he coached TVB celebrities (Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin) to walk on 650°C fire; and raised HK$68M in the world’s 1st and only live TV Charity FireWalk (TVB Tung Wah Charity Show), before Tony Robbins even came to Asia. If Robert can get you to walk on 650⁰C fire, he can inspire you to be THE BEST.
He champions CN-HK-EU-US Tycoons to be philanthropic, and to be angel investors to support the next generation of Jack Mas, Steve Jobs, Richard Bransons, Steven Spielbergs, or Barrack Obamas.
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However, clients have described Robert as "The #1 Cool Badass Alpha Change Expert". He has the coolest first class stature, rapport and trust from clients. He will not hesitate to tell the badass truth ever so gently because clients are paying him big bucks to reveal the truth, find solutions, persuade the hostile HODs, and align cross-teams within the organization.
Originally based in Hong Kong for 20+ years, he had worked with top Branding/Ad agencies at J Walter Thompson and Leo Burnett, and was a certified FranklinCovey (7 Habits) in USA, and NLP MasterCoach (USA). His warmth is known to soften the most hardened, resistant sceptics. He will inspire your team to Go for Top 1, or to be a Dragon CEO.
With boundless energies, Robert owns 15+ successful business Joint-Ventures, and created unique products under his global VC network called Chaen's Angels VC. He is deeply passionate about ChangeUTH Youth CSR, Science-Based Medicine (vs. quackery), short films and Reality TV.
Touched by a personal tragedy through the loss of his HK-born Portuguese wife, co-coach and business partner, Brenda José of 18 years, Robert explores the many ways in which the spirit world is communicating with the living with real scientific studies and evidence. He gives inspiring conferences on The Secret Afterlife.