Feature: Coffee battle
My article on the 4 best cappuccinos in Hong Kong was featured on Localiiz last month and spurred a mini debate on which other spots should be on the list too. That list was definitely not comprehensive, but still a great starting point especially for a work day.
I checked out a few more recently and for weekend coffee spots, The Mixing Bowl and Coco Espresso are pretty good choices too, but my new favourite has to be Bakery Cafe’s % Arabica coffee bar. The cappuccino was perfectly strong (still less so than Fuel’s) and full of flavour, while the milk was super creamy.
New and noteworthy
Bakery Cafe Born to Bake is one of the newest cafes to join Hong Kong island. They do great coffees (with beautiful latte art) and excellent lemon tarts. Ambience is great though you have to sit on stools (relatively comfortable ones at least).
Bakery Cafe Born to Bake is located on 73 Wellington Street, Central.
I see i see Dessert House is the latest dessert shop opening up in Causeway Bay (only a block away from Via Tokyo). They serve delicious uniquely flavoured ice lollies and their earl grey pistachio one is highly recommended!
I see i see Dessert House is locates at Haven Court, 138 Leighton Street, Causeway Bay.
TaKorea is one hidden gem that’s getting uncovered quickly and it’s not surprising why. They serve delicious Korean style burritos – get the one with fried chicken in it!
Takorea is located on the basement level (go down the narrow stairs) of 55 Wellington Street, Central.
Chao2 by Chaophraya is one of the newer Thai restaurants to join Thai town in Kowloon City – that place will never get sick of Thai restaurants! Chao2 is hip and delicious, and kind of reminds me of Chachawan.
Chao2 by Chaophraya is located on 22 Nam Kok Road, Kowloon City.
Rustico is all the way in Lai Chi Kok, but if you’re looking for some authentic home-style Spanish food, you should make the trip. There were hits and misses; their Castellena garlic soup and roasted peppers salad with Iberico presa is what I’d highly recommend!
Rustico is located at Shop G01 D2 place, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok.
Hugo’s in Hyatt Regency serves a fancy quality lunch set from Mondays to Saturdays and is definitely an excellent spot for special occasions. See the full review here.
Hugo’s is located on the lobby level of Hyatt Regency, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
I finally tried The Market at Hotel Icon, for their famous and impossible-to-book dinner buffet! There is an excellent variety and the food quality in general is very good. I loved their durian dessert selection, though the quality of their other desserts were only so-so.
The Market is located in Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Phone: 3400 1288. Reservations are a must.
Singaporean cafe Ya Kun opened several branches in Hong Kong not too long ago. Their kaya toast was pretty good; the toast was crunchy and filled with a generous amount of delicious kaya and butter. Their other main dishes (laksa and chicken rice) were disappointing though. Killiney is much better.