A colleague told me how good the coffee was at this place, and took me there a couple of days later because he was craving another cup of their smooth, creamy coffee.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that this restaurant was split into two cozy 'restaurants' - on one side, customers can enjoy their meals whilst on the other side was a lounge type room with mismatching, comfy chairs for customers to enjoy their coffee, tea, alcohol or even a shisha session. I have never seen a layout like this in HK and it reminded me of something you'd find in Australia. It was a welcome change to the normal coffee houses and restaurants that you can so easily find in the city, not to mention in the extremely busy Tsim Sha Tsui.
We went into the food section and ordered our lunch. The menu was extensive and had a lot of fusion dishes on offer. I ordered the black pepper pork chop with pasta and my colleague ordered the fish curry.
Black pepper pork chop with pasta ($68)
- Generous helping with a good amount of meat to balance out the pasta
- I was worried that the pork chop might be over cooked and hard to eat but found that this was cooked pretty well
- The black pepper wasn't overbearing (as some places tend to go crazy with the seasoning)
- Capsicum and onions were added to add flavour to this fusion dish
- It could've been slightly hotter, but it was still good!
Fish curry ($58)
- Two pieces of bread crumbed fish were placed on top of a bed of rice. Surrounding the rice was a yellow curry sauce (with coconut milk)
- Fish was crunchy but soft on the inside
- Garnished with a few strips of egg (not really sure what they did to it but it is something you'd typically find in a Japanese restaurant)
All in all, portions were generous, especially for the price we paid. The quality of the food was more than satisfactory as well. The service was excellent as only had to wait a couple of minutes for our food to come out and our water glasses never went empty. The staff had a decent command of English and were friendly
After we ate, we moved into the coffee section of the restaurant. One cool offer they had was that any coffee or tea you ordered after eating was 50% off. I ordered a mint cappuccino and my colleague ordered a cappuccino. I'm not a huge coffee fan so was curious to see how this coffee fared.
It was AMAZING!
I think this is probably one of the best cups of coffee I've ever had. The coffee was smooth and creamy (as my colleague said it was) and the mint flavouring was subtle but undeniably present. It didn't taste artificial (as a lot of 'trendy' coffees do nowadays) and didn't have that overbearing bitter taste that I find many coffees have. I didn't have to add any sugar to this either! The barista even went to the trouble of putting different designs on everyone's coffee which was a nice touch.
The overall feeling I got from the restaurant and its staff was that they cared a lot about their image and product. They didn't seem to rush our orders, were attentive, were friendly and the food (and coffee) was excellent.
Thankfully, this place is near my office, so I will definitely be making more trips to experiment with different coffee combinations (and fusion dishes) on offer as well as enjoy the quiet atmosphere. This has been put on my top 10 places to go for a relaxed, quiet meal with friends or colleagues after a long day.
For all coffee lovers in particular, go check it out! You'd be stupid not to
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Jul 24, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD90(Lunch)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 5