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Restaurant Review: Cafe Loisl

3 Jul

Met up with a friend who I haven’t seen for a very long time, and she chose this cafe. Well, I have to say, if it wasn’t suggested by my friend, I don’t think I would ever come here. Even though it’s not far from my home, the location is very inconvenient. There are some tables outside, not the best outdoor view, but nice and calm environment.

We went there on Sunday at around 12:30pm, and there weren’t a lot of empty tables. We were lucky to find a table near the window. My friend and I each got a breakfast set and a raspberry sparkling and then shared a piece of apple strudel.

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Enjoying my raspberry sparkling

I know we should order Vienna Coffee, but I don’t drink coffee at all, so I chose Raspberry Sparkling to cool down myself on a hot sunny day.

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Omelet on sourdough (HKD$59)

Sorry for the bad photo above, I’m still not used to my new phone yet, still trying to figure out the functions. Anyway, back to the omelet, it was just average, but I really like the sourdough. I think my friend’s one tastes better. Hers came with 2 eggs, some avocado and tomatoes, with sourdough.

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Apple Strudel

I think most people, who have been to this cafe, would have tried this apple strudel. However, it wasn’t as good as expected, a bit disappointing; I would prefer apple pie or apple crumble more!

Environment: 8/10 (Inconvenient location, but quiet environment)

Service: 7.5/10 (Average, the man who I guess is the boss is friendly)

Food:  7.5/10 (Not particularly great)

Overall: A nice place to relax yourself.

Address: Shop A, G/F, 8 Tai On Terrace, Sheung Wan

Restaurant Review: La Creperie, Wai Chai

7 Apr

I had my first crepe when I was in France; I still remember my French teacher taking the whole class to a restaurant in Dijon that specializes in crepe , where I had a crepe with 4 different kinds of cheese and a sweet crepe with blackcurrant. I know there are 2 restaurants that specialize in crepe in Hong Kong, but didn’t have a chance to try it. It was Good Friday and I finally met up with 2 of my friends and tried out this restaurant.

La Creperie: Les Pierres Noires

Les Pierres Noires (HKD$118)

I had to struggle when choosing, because all of them seem very delicious, but in the end I made my decision and chose Les Pierres Noires, which has smoked ham, egg, Camembert cheese, tomatoes and some salad on the side. It was delicious, with a generous amount of smoked ham and Camembert cheese. Everything was nice, except the tomatoes weren’t great.

La Creperie: La Plougastel

La Plougastel (HKD$69)

We then ordered a sweet crepe to share among the 3 of us, which came with strawberries, strawberry ice-cream and some chocolate sauce. The strawberries were fresh and the strawberry ice-cream was delicious!

Environment: 8/10 (It wasn’t crowded during public holiday, pretty quiet)

Service: 7/10 (The service wasn’t really nice, the staff weren’t really enthusiastic)

Food:  8/10 (Pretty good if you wanna try French crepe)

Overall: Nice place to try some authentic crepe, but don’t expect their service to be great. Try their weekday set lunch as it’s a cheaper option.

Address: 1/F, Kui Chi Mansion, 100-102 Queen’s Road East, Wai Chai

Restaurant Review: Cafe Corridor, Causeway Bay

29 Feb

Met up with one of my best friends on Sunday for brunch, and she chose Cafe Corridor at Causeway Bay.  The cafe is right opposite Times Square, but it’s not easy to spot its entrance. It’s a pretty small cafe with limited tables. When we got there at around 1:30pm, there was only one table left at the corner. This cafe is famous for its coffee, but I don’t drink coffee, so I just ordered a set of All Day Breakfast.

All Day Breakfast@Cafe Corridor

All Day Breakfast

It comes with scrambled egg, hash brown with ketchup, cocktail sausages, bread with a small piece of butter and some salad. The presentation was good; the smiley face on the hash brown was really cute, and I like how mine was different from my friend’s. The scrambled egg was good, not too dry. The cocktail sausages weren’t exciting, just those you can easily get from the supermarket and cook yourself. I particularly like the bread, it’s slightly toasted and it’s not just ordinary plain white bread, there’s herbs in it. For me, the salad dressing was a bit sour, but other than that, everything else was good.

Not the best brunch ever, but I like the environment, the food presentation and the service. If you want to have brunch somewhere else in Causeway Bay, Home at Caroline Hill Road is another good choice too. It’s also a small cafe with limited seats. Their staff are very nice and polite, and it’s a great place to sit and relax. Try their lunch set or their Full Day Breakfast.

Environment: 8/10 (Pretty small and a bit crowded, but still feel comfortable)

Service: 9/10 (The staff were very nice and polite)

Food:  8.5/10 (Pretty nice brunch)

Overall: A nice place to revisit again during non-rush hours.

Address: G/F, 26A Russel Street, Causeway Bay

Restaurant Review: Smile Yogurt & Dessert Bar, Tsim Sha Tsui

27 Nov

Finally my first review on Hong Kong’s restaurant! I have been longing to go to Smile Yogurt & Dessert Bar for a long time, because my friends have been talking about it and there are many reviews on the web too.

Banana Split (HKD$48)

I didn’t take a photo of it, so I had to take the photo from their official website. The actual product looks pretty similar to the photo shown, nicely presented. The portion is pretty huge, especially when it’s an after-dinner dessert, so I shared one with my friend.

Well, I have to say I was a bit disappointed, not that it’s not good, it’s just that the frozen yogurt doesn’t fit my taste and maybe we have chosen the wrong combination. The frozen yogurt is too sour, especially when I eat it with the fruit salad. My friend likes their frozen yogurt, but she said The Garden tastes better than Banana Split.

If you like frozen yogurt that is slightly more sour, then Smile’s yogurt might be something you want to try.

Environment: N/A (They actually have a few seats inside the store, most people just hold their frozen yogurt and eat outside. However, there isn’t any seats nearby or inside the shopping centre, not the best place to enjoy your dessert)

Service: 8/10 (Pretty friendly)

Food: 7.5/10  (Too sour for me, and I didn’t like the combination I tried, especially the fruit salad)

Overall: I didn’t really like the frozen yogurt, it’s a bit too sour for me, especially with the fruit salad. My friend likes their frozen yogurt though. I guess I might try another combination with chocolate.

Address: Unit G15A, G/F, K11, 18 Hanoi road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Official website: www.smile-yogurt.com/