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Mr & Mrs Fox: New Epic Brunch in Hong Kong

I love epic brunches so much that I once created my own at home. It consisted of Thai style satay fish & chicken tacos, homemade meatballs, parmesan skillet eggs and berries and cream waffles… Plus fresh orange juice and coffee. It was nothing short of epic. But a HK$900 shopping trip at City Super, 4 hours of prep and 1.5 hours of cleaning later, I concluded that paying HK$1000 for an epic brunch out IS worth it. It’s true, I have paid HK$1000 for brunch before. But if we take a step back, there are definitely many less OTT brunch options in town and the one at Mr & Mrs Fox is the latest one I’ve tried that’s highly recommended. Mr & Mrs Fox’s New HK$140 Brunch Set What is an epic brunch? A brunch meal that makes you feel uncomfortably full afterwards. You’d irresistibly eat too much because there are just too many attractive choices on the table. It has to be at least 3 courses and include desserts. (Did I get the definition right? Let me know yours!) For …

Cafe Greenprint: New Green-Conscious “Realistically Healthy” Spot

Comfortable light green shades, wooden furniture and quotes dotted on the walls – I was already sensing that this would be a cafe worth writing about when I saw the entrance. Of course the “healthy” concept was the selling point which attracted me here in the first place, but it’s the, I would say “realistically healthy” or “sustainably healthy” food, that left me impressed in the end. What I mean is that, they don’t exactly serve organic-only food, nor do they focus on superfood salads, raw diets or any of those detox fads that have become so popular in magazines and the internet these days. They added a bit of imagination to real food, and made sure every meal is nutritious. And the food was delicious. Set lunch is served from 11:00am-2:30pm and includes an appetiser, main course, quinoa & red rice and hojicha. The price tag of HK$100-140 is definitely not super appealing, but for the quality and taste of the food, this would definitely be my regular lunch spot if I worked near Taikoo. Tofu Coconut …

Smoko: Hole-in-the-Wall Iced Coffee in Fortress Hill

No doubt there’s been a proliferation of beautiful looking coffee shops opening up in Hong Kong and despite fierce competition, the colourful floral cup sleeves from Smoko did a good job in setting itself apart. So much so that one lunch time I decided to take an MTR ride from Central to Fortress Hill to sample a refreshing drink from this new coffee shop. They’re most unique for serving tap coffee which apparently is cold coffee with gas from the tap and they recommend to have it with cucumber. It was definitely something that piqued my interest but I also read good things about their cappuccino where they use a cocktail shaker for the foam – and that, I just could not resist! Iced Cappuccino They have a range of colourfully designed cup sleeves to choose from and these kind of gimmicky details often do the opposite of instilling confidence… But the coffee was a surprising delight! The cappuccino was appropriately strong and the milky foam was thick. I got it as part of their …

Plat du Jour: Affordable Casual French Food for Dinner

I definitely prefer French bistro-style food over the fine dining affair, merely because I don’t like being so formal. While there are a handful of really good French bistros in Hong Kong, such as Bistro du Vin and Le Port Parfume, you can’t get away with paying less than HK$600-700 for dinner there, which makes the whole thing a lot less casual. La Grande Bouffe is another one in Central I like, but would still cost about HK$400 per person. Knowing that affordable dinners don’t come by easily in this city, the menu at Plat du Jour was more than a pleasant surprise. They charge HK$195 for two courses and HK$245 for three courses, which I thought was extremely competitive for any dinner, let alone a French one. The down side is that they serve the same menu all day, so lunch would cost the same (as dinner) and hence comparatively expensive. Cheese Souffle *must order* Our meal got off to an excellent start. The starters section of their menu was populated with many appealing choices, that left us …

Feast & Franc Franc: Most Instagrammable Value-for-Money Afternoon Tea

Food competition in Hong Kong is fierce, but that rarely refers to price competition. Some few years ago, mediocre dinners started to cost HK$300 per head and now that’s the norm. This is where the afternoon tea at Feast became a pleasant shocker. While most afternoon tea sets at hotels (and non-hotels) can cost over HK$500 (for two), the Feast & Franc Franc one is only HK$238 (for two). More importantly, they’ve collaborated with Franc Franc to design cute and the most Instagrammable food items (with lots of stripes and polka dots) that’s placed on Franc Franc’s NEWMO collection tableware. This special edition set will only be available from 15 June to 10 July 2015 on Mondays to Fridays, 3:00-5:30pm. Start planning now! Feast x Franc Franc Afternoon Tea Set for two Big savoury bites were best The savoury selection was easily my favourite part of the set, with the salmon and cucumber rye toast being the ultimate star. They’re super generous with the fatty smoked salmon and it tasted great atop a very crunchy (though maybe a …