Expecting much and dragging my friend along, we headed to the nightspot that promised vibe, groove and excellent food. Entering the venue, we were warmly greeted by the staff and shortly seated at the petit table, observing the place with curiosity (in fact, we had plenty of time to do so, as it took the waitress quite a while to provide us with the menu).
H501 turned to be cozy (despite the loud music), secluded and relaxing, boasting dim lights and a black piano underlying venue’s elegance.
Yet, in spite of the other advantages, the main highlight of the place is its small but polished dance floor surrounded by tiny tables, where visitors can sit back and relax, watching the numerous couples performing complicated salsa moves. The venue’s trainer is ready to assist anyone interested to dance (but not to learn the steps), easily swaying the girls to the latest hits from a marvelous salsa collection. At the same time, the dance floor does not look too appealing owing to the fact that there are too many eyes staring; and unless you have no complexes about your dancing abilities, you will regard dancing here as an obstacle rather than a challenge.
Watching, on the other hand, seems a much better option (just choose the table away from the pillar that hides half of the dance floor), especially taking into consideration venue’s comfy armchairs and their good collection of beverages, among which are an array of beers, wines, champagnes and liquors, in addition to such healthy and tasty options as Lanna Punch Cocktail (a fuse of mango, grapefruit, orange and lemon juices), Tropical Joy Cocktail (mixing banana, strawberry, kiwi and pineapple) and a variety of hot drinks, ranging from coffees to herbal teas. While watching “the show” you will also be served some light bites, as cheese, veggies and olives to keep your stomach busy until the arrival of the menu.
Sharing it with its neighbor – Windows – the menu of this nightspot is abundant in palatable items. Kick off with their starters as Chicken Liver Pate with home-made chutney and toasted bruschetta or their famous Tiger Prawns wrapped in katayef and served with lemon gremolata and saffron yoghurt. Then go on and indulge yourself in the warm and cold salads, including the delicious Sesame Chicken (strips of chicken breast marinated in soy, honey and lemon and served with a crisp garden salad with an Oriental dressing, plus a sprinkling of nuts) or the traditional Caesar Salad*. For the main, try out their Char Grilled Rib Eye topped with Balsamic mushrooms and served with chunky chips, tomatoes and shallot salad; or the mouthwatering Seared Salmon resting on a bed of seasonal vegetables and potatoes. They also have a nice choice of vegetarian dishes, along with pasta, omelettes, various sandwiches and burgers. The portions are generous and can easily feed two to three people. The desserts are worth a try, especially their delicious Crème Brûlée or the legendary Apple Crumble topped with home-made vanilla ice-cream.
The service is leisurely, and though you might wait for the food for more than 30 minutes, you still have the chance to enjoy good music and live entertainment with the participation of the club’s guests.
Overall, the place is recommended due to its awesome food and – if choosing the right night – hottest hits and high-class crowds.
* All salads are served with a French dressing.
H501 offers other themed nights, including karaoke, rock, jazz and girls’ nights, to name but a few.