Located on the corner of Spring Street and Flinders Lane, Hihou (meaning secret treasure) is a Japanese-influenced bar above Simon Denton’s lunch spot Nama Nama.

With cinematic but functional and minimalist layout, Hihou manages to achieve drama and subtlety in equal parts. The bar’s centrepiece is a long black marble group table surrounded by stools and lit with tea lights wrapped in coloured paper. Another seating option is the candle-lit, low stone tables, where guests are encouraged to de-shoe and recline on the giant black ottoman.

Denton (who’s also behind Izakaya Den) is clearly enamoured by Japan and his distinct touch is apparent in the well-thought menu. The extensive selection of drinks includes hot shochu (a Japanese liquor similar to vodka), sake, plum wine, seasonal fruit ‘surprise’ cocktails, as well as Japanese beers and whiskey.

The food menu perfectly complements the drinks list, with more-ish snacks like the cream cheese and seaweed-filled spring rolls, chilli miso edamame, fried potato with tamari caramel, king fish ceviche or trout sashimi.

With a high-level of service and attention to detail, Hihou is the right place to warm any winter nights. In a nutshell, it is our pick for a swanky hot date.