Stick to latte
We were walking up and down the many slopes in Sheung Wan looking for this special dead end – an intimate café that could sit about 20 people indoors, with 4 more tables for outdoor seating.
Hubby had a Cafe Latte (HKD 40), while I decided on a Homemade Ginger Lemon (HKD 45). Hubby described the taste of the ginger lemon to be “the same as 白花蛇草水”, which is an almost tasteless Chinese herbal cooling drink, haha! I stirred very hard, and finally got a slightly gingerish, but very spicy and non-sweetened soda.
The cafe latte fared way better, and was much better than the one we had last night; more aromatic, stronger, less acidic, with a slight bitter and acidic aftertaste.
Conclusion? Stick to the coffee 🙂
- Location: 香港島上環普慶坊72號地下, 72 Po Hing Fong, Hong Kong
- Website: www.cafedeadend.com
- Hrs: 9:30am – 6pm (Tue-Sun)
- Nearest MTR: Sheung Wan 上環
Beautiful latte art
We were in the area again and wondering what’s new for dinner. And as usual, I noticed some gorgeous waffles photos on Instagram, and checked that a new cafe has just opened along Kim Keat Road, near to Balestier-Whampoa area. This is just at the end of the road from Wheeler’s Yard!
Nestled within Hanson Court (a block of revamped studio apartments), Regroup x Scoop Therapy is a duel Cafe & Ice Cream Bar concept, which is also the 3rd branch from the very popular Group Therapy Coffee. The entire cafe is behind a glass wall and the glassed space welcomes much natural sunlight and the whimsical décor within complements the colourfulness of their homemade ice cream. There are a couple of alfresco seats but I seriously doubt anyone would want to sit so near the road.
Les Bouchons front
Hubby had a craving for steak and he had been reading rave reviews on Les Bouchons, so off we went to Ann Siang Road (of course we had to make reservations first because apparently this is a very popular place)!
Les Bouchons was actually opposite Lolla (which we went with G and friend the last time), and reviews were full of praise on the steak-frites (steak and fries). This chain of French restaurants started in 1998 and there are now 5 of them along Club Street, each serving a slightly different clientele with their different offerings, and some more in Robertson Quay.
The place is quite small, with only 6 tables or so inside and a couple more alfresco tables. Interior deco has an European-like with heavy chairs, wooden tables and oil paintings. Lighting was not excessively bright but rather soothing and comfy to make dining a cozy affair.
We had just finished our dim sum lunch at Luk Yu (after wifey had her event), and was hunting around for coffee and relaxation. As usual, our trusty FourSquare app listed quite a number of cafes around this area. Wanting to try something new, we walked away from the usual Duxton area instead and chanced upon Yellow Cup Coffee.
This is a unique cafe with 4 branches around the island. The uniqueness lies in that all their cups were, of course, yellow! The deco at this Central Sqaure branch is very simple, with a few large tables inside and a couple of alfresco tables. Coffee counter is a long bench with coffee machine and cake fridge and simple kitchen equipment sufficient to make breakfast items, which they also offers, besides freshly brewed coffee and artisan breads and pastry.
Latte as usual
We made reservations for Sunday 9am… It was an early brunch 🙂 We had wanted to return here to try the food after a lovely night out previously.
We arrived at 9am sharp and were the first customers… And remained as the only customers for the next 30min or so. The kitchen only starts at 9.30am, so we had plenty of time to browse the menu.
Kettle-hunting led us to Toa Payoh and we decided to nua somewhere to rest our aching arms and legs… It is hard work trying to prepare for renovations! Ok, this is just an excuse for us to try out another cafe, though my arms are really aching…
We really liked the decorations of this place. Painstakingly drawn by marker pens, even the floors had the parquet floor design! All the tables and chairs had marker-drawn edges. We also liked the staircase that seemingly led to this “second floor” and there was another staircase from the “first floor” at their Little Prince Cafe at Somme Road, thus having this special connection between the 2 places! This black-and-white space really make us felt like we were in another world 🙂 Continue reading
All on its own
Since we were in the vicinity idling and nua-ing in a new-found cafe, we again relied on our trusty 4SQ to help us locate any interesting places for dinner. And so 4SQ suggested, and we decided to come to this famous 亞華肉骨茶餐室 (Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh Eating House) around the corner.
The restaurant occupies the entire ground floor of the Isetan Office Building, and tables extend out to the corridor. It appeared that business was quite good because it was quite full-house when we arrived. And we saw a group of tourist-like customers guided in by their tour guide too.
New place, old signboard
We were in this area for lunch with parents and decided to hang around here.
Hubby Googled and decided that this might be a good place to chill as we attempt to do some constructive reading for our upcoming trip.
We got a seat indoors as it was too hot to be sitting outside. This place has an “unfinished” touch to it, with its red bricks and cement walls and cement benches. I loved the art piece (Like Clock Work) by the wall!
Having only just a coffee at Whale & Cloud is definitely not enough, so we venture on to find breakfast!
Carpenter and Cook (in Lorong Kilat) opened a new takeaway outlet in Jasmine Road and they named it Carpenter and Cook Jr. The website says no seating here, but there are still some counter seats inside and a couple of alfresco chairs if you want to just laze around and watch the world pass-by…
Besides selling freshly home-made baked goods and confectionery, they also sell curated vintage furniture, home decor, as well as provide dessert tables, styling services, vintage props and decor for weddings, parties, photo-shoots and more!
This interesting place was setup by 3 friends, a Carpenter (Phoebe who picks out beautiful vintage pieces), a Cook (Shenn who trained at the prestigious Cordon Bleu in London) and a And (Eunice who likes to dabble in a bit of everything). 🙂
We chanced upon the website while surfing for neighborhood cafés and were pleasantly surprised by this new establishment that had opened only on May this year!
So while we were waiting for our blueberry cheesecake pie to cool down in the fridge, we brought our niece there for an early dinner!
The cafe was small but had both indoor and outdoor seating. Plenty of new magazines available for browsing and free wifi was available (get password from the staff), so we ended up spending a few hours here 🙂