Cafe Habitu had appeared in scenes in the movie Don't Go Breaking My Heart. Being used to portray the too-good-to-be-true personality of the protagonist played by Daniel Wu in the movie, the Cafe appeared to be a stylish and somehow romantic place to meet with your lovers. This is exactly the reason why I have been fascinated by this place and preferred it over Starbucks - the decor looks better, the seats were more comfty, the staffs were nicer, the food were tastier and most importantly, the coffee tastes way better than the brownish, caffeine-flaoured liquid served at the chain-cafe. Too bad that people were still admiring the so-called coffee in the green cup.
Anyways-enough with the BS. i discovered this marvelous cafe inside GOD one or two years ago and wrote one of my earliest review on its egg benedict, which was and is still one of the best i have tried so far in Hong Kong. The muffin was crunchy and light, the egg yolk was runny while the egg white was appropriately cooked, and the hollandaise sauce was significantly lighter than what's served at the greasy eateries. A healthier alternative i would consider this to be, and together with the mm-thin pizza and yummy signature tea lattes, I felt in love with this place upon my first visit and i swore that i would eat here again if i were in causeway bay. (My last review:http://www.openrice.com/restaurant/commentdetail.htm?commentid=2094640)
too bad my promise had not been kept since there were too many distractions in causeway bay. But in that evening i was determined to go here for dinner after the movie. The scenes filmed in the cafe had not been a cause to my choice, but when i went i realized that the movie tickets would grant me the discount of two-for-one drink.
For this i have to thank openrice again for not only giving a free movie ticket but also free drinks at Habitu.
The menu resembled a tabloid, adding a sense of leisure while searching for the right dishes to order. We were also lucky enough to spot an empty tables with armchairs to sit on, and that was much more comfortable than sitting along the long tables since you would have to share space with strangers.
After some careful inspection, we decided to stick with what we ordered for the fabulous lunch we had last time, but with a vegetarian twist. Instead of The Tsar's Choice
we picked the Egg Florentine
, which was basically the bene without ham but spinach and mushrooms. We also had the Classic Caesar salad
and a Tricoloure
10' pizza. For drinks, the discount only applied when identical drinks were ordered, so we ended up having two Oolong tea lattes
The coffee came soon after we placed our order. There was a latte art in the shape of a heart on the light-brownish frothed milk, decorated with a small pitful of oolong tea leaves. The foam was really thick and creamy - i think it was over 5 mm thick and was as smooth as silk as i sucked. The latte itself was kinda bland and contained only the slightest hint of the Oolong tea flavour - you would have believed that you were drinking a cup of nicely frothed milk instead of a tea latte. But as you drink in more the flavour became more intense - was it because that the tea was lighter in density than milk and thus had floated atop and concentrated on the top of the drink instead of being wel-mixed throughout?
The latte art had, however, been persistent and was still clearly visible after i took my last sip. that was a WOW indeed.
The caesar salad was nicely tossed with the lettuces evenly coated with the thick dressing. The breadcrumbs were quite bland in taste and i would prefer to have them in larger chunks to enhance the texture of the salad. I love how the parmesan cheese was in bold flakes instead of in the powdery form.
The egg Florentine was quite huge in portion, being served together with grilled potatoes and a small side salad. It had the short life span and thus i quickly took one and cut the yolk open to see if it was still runny - luckily it was, although the external part of the yolk had set as i had not been quick enough (was distracted by the salad). The yolk was rich and sweet and i like how the egg white is cooked to the extent that it had coagulated and yet not too tough due to overcooking. The hollandaise sauce was lighter in both colour and taste, but i would have preferred more pepper or Worcestershire sauce in it as it was one thing being less buttery and more healthy, tasting bland and tasteless another. Perhaps the choice of ingredients had contributed to the general lack of taste in the egg as spinach and mushrooms could have been more heavily seasoned. It would have been better had the spinach been lightly cooked with cream.
Too bad that the pizza had gone cold as we were too busy cutting open and examining the Egg Florentine before it went overcooked. The crust was really THIN and i guess it was of a mere 2mm thickness,and it tasted like filo pastry instead of the floury and soft, bun-like pizza crust you usually get at the more localized Western restaurants. It had not gone soggy due to being set aside on the table, and that was a true relief for i HATE soggy pastries!
The pizza was named after the three distinctive colours of the toppings: the smoked salmon was of a bright orange colour, while the spinach was garden-green and the cheese was golden brown after baked.The toppings were so scrumptious and heavy that it bend the thin crust when i lifted a slice up!
it was really rich in taste with the flakes of smoked salmon carrying a nice savory taste and the spinach a refreshing sweetness of the garden. The tomato paste on the crust was rich in texture and herbious in taste - yum!
A small piece of chocolate brownie was included in the drink and i, too full for a separate order of dessert but have room for a bit of sweet treat, ate it as a petite dessert to end my dinner. It was not as moist as the American alternative but was not as dry nor flaky as French almond cakes; it also had an optimum balance of sweetness and the bitterness of the cocoa. It would have been a real delight to have as an afternoon snack had it been larger in portion.
While some might think that better coffees could be sought elsewhere, one could not possibly find a cafe where both the food and drinks are great. With the splendid egg benedict, pizza and coffee, Cafe Habitu is definitely a place where one can easily fall for.
Tea Latte,10' Pizza
Date of Visit: Apr 10, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD150(Dinner)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 4