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Can't miss whenever I am in Tai Hang Apr 26, 2013
No. of diners : 5
Average cost per head : $40
Food quality : 8/10
Environment : 8/10
Service : 8/10
Value-for-money : 8/10
Overall rating : 8/10
a) Flat White ($35)
Supplementary Information:Q : When will I go again?
A : After meal in the area.
Q: What will I next order?
A : Other special drink such as their hot ginger orange juice.
Recommended Dish(es): shakerato,coffee
Takeaway Wait Time: 5 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Apr 20, 2013
Spending per head: Approximately HKD40(Other)
Value for Money4
Most fantastic British-styled coffee shop in HK Jun 15, 2012
It was a relaxing afternoon visit to Dai Hang (大坑) with my friend whose also a coffee addict. With no particular expectation for Unar, we arrived the area, circling around until we finally spotted the coffee shop.
Overall, I thought that Unar was a really attractive coffee shop. The owner of the shop was friendly and charming too, which added on the attractiveness. I love the way how Unar branded itself - the logo especially, grabbed my eyeball first thing when I arrived.
That mysterious figure ridding his bicycle while enjoying his cup of coffee - is just so British, and just so my type. If only I live in the Hong Kong Island, I will definitely pay more visits to this petite store. And apparently, I heard from my friend that Edison Chen has been a frequent visitor too. Well, that is if any of you pay attention to him anymore after all those scandals.
Takeaway Wait Time: 8 minute(s)
Spending per head: Approximately HKD35
Value for Money4
A nice cafe + good coffee = too good to be true!!! May 28, 2011
Posted on May 28, 2011... 3AM
Daytime at Unar Coffee Company
May 14, 2011 around 4PM
This was the last day of HOFEX and when the final round of HK GBC 2011 took place. It was my first choice for coffee in Tai Hang on that day, think that Unar's staff won't go to HOFEX. So, they seemed to be serious about coffee even closing the shop from 3PM to 6PM on that day just to attend the event... Interesting!!!
I finally made my way to this much talked about cafe. The place was quite full even at this time for this kind of drink and the atmosphere was quite lively, very nice indeed. I thought the only places to sit was outside the shop on the walkway as in the picture. Turn out, there's a little bar inside the shop which is quite cozy and nice with warm lighting. It made the cafe feel clean and everything looked very pleasing I wanted to try anything and everything.
Problem is anytime I see this kind of nicely decorated well thought cafe, I'm very worry about the quality in the cup. As I said earlier somewhere, the nicely decorated cafe tends to serve lousy coffee. Let see how it worked out here at Unar.
The texture of my Cappuccino was actually quite nice and closed to my all time favorite Crema Coffee. However, you had to pass through the hotter than optimal range temperature in the cup to get it. If you drank a bigger gulp like me in order to try to appreciate the sweetness of the well prepared frothed milk, it will be hot enough to scald your mouth. After you felt hot and scald, you got the nice texture... But since all the taste bud was kinda say bye-bye due to temperature shock, you got no sweetness if it's in there...
I left it to cool down a bit and the coffee base rear its ugly head of staled/acrid/rancid and all those bad tasting notes. Even the decently frothed milk cannot cover it, what can?
Like most imported Italian cafe, milk is the only thing they can do quite good to make up for the lagging imported overroasted/staled bean that some considered giving a complex tasting note with its dark roasty tone similar to but not the same as dark chocolate. Still the capp was quite nice in a way if you can ask barista to make it warm, not hot, and hopefully the coffee was either fresh and lagging but not rancid like the cups I had at Coffee Plus so you'll be OK with what you have.
For this cup, it's really borderline toward just OK to a failure. Still I suggest this cup for those who wants some coffee here to check whether you might want to risk your palette for black coffee where there's no place to hide...
I order espresso but the cup served was really really short, one of the shortest shot I have had so far.
It was not that bad, particularly on the body side but it's no match for locally roasted coffee on the layer of tastes and transparency. The cup gave me a dark to very dark tone with a dirty finish. Someone could say it's dark chocolate. I didn't think so.
For those who follow the renaissance of good coffee from Indie cafe in the US, this is a cup to avoid. It reminds me of an old man drinking a cup of black coffee and give younger generation a sip, hoping to see that kid makes face and hate coffee for their life... This cup fits that category well...
One last note on the aftertaste, 30 minutes after I left Unar, the dark roasty tone still haunted me with some metallic aftertaste... This is one of the terrible aftertaste I've ever had.
In fact, the whole Tai Hang area as the up and coming good cafe is a joke to me. All three much talked about cafes including Kindergarten, Cafe Y Taberna and Unar are at best par to subpar. If I were among leading cafes in Hong Kong currently, including the genuine hot bed area for coffee like Sheung Wan, I have absolute nothing to worry about. If one said the coffee quality in Hong Kong is now improving, definitely cafes in Tai Hang are not good examples. Far from it... Very far!
Mind you that ambiance plays a lot of role in drinks and people who get used to the roasty tone of Italian coffee may find these places very palatable. Like coffee taster at Starbucks who overlooked those charred taste of "Starbucks roast", some of these people will say the light roast from Indie these days "MISS" some tasting note in the cup and it could be so hard for them to accept that it's the roasty tone they missed as this is not the hip and happening thing in the current Indie trend who roasted their coffee light to show its origin tastes. Just my 2 cents though.
In short, don't waste your time in Tai Hang if you want good coffee.. Go directly to Sheung Wan. Even Causeway Bay as an area offers a much better coffee than what Tai Hang can deliver right now, a sad note indeed... Barista Jam, Coco Espresso, Soft Aroma, 18 Grams and Cafe Corridor all really have nothing to worry about and these Tai Hang cafe can learn a thing or two about good coffee from the experience and decent cafes I mentioned.
If you insist on visiting this place of this areat, this is a good area to visit once and forget about it... It's more than enough for the kind of coffee they deliver.
Recommended Dish(es): Cappuccino only if you really need to drink coffee otherwise no coffee please
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)
Date of Visit: May 27, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD150(Night Snack)
Value for Money1
A super classy cafe to spend your afternoon!!! May 09, 2011
Have came across a few articles featuring this cafe...and happened to be in CWB yesterday, and so I went there..
the cafe was so well decorated, and it was really very classy..
Lucky enough to get a table....and tried their Caramel Banana Cake + Iced Latte
Anyway..it was really an awesome experience!! Guess I would have gone down everyday if i live nearby..
Will go there and try their shakerato very soon!!
Recommended Dish(es): Caramel Banana Cake + Iced Latte
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)
Date of Visit: May 08, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD75(Tea)
Value for Money5
This is more like it for a Coffee shop ! Feb 02, 2011
Original Review with Photos:
Spending per head: Approximately HKD25
Value for Money4