So you know how we go around asking our friends, where are the ‘must-goes’ when we’re traveling? More so if the intended destination is a nearby country where most of your friends would probably have already been. Yes, I did just that. And when I was first told of ‘Macau Cafe’, I confirmed (possibly like many others) confidently, ‘In Macau, right?’. Followed by being embarrassingly shot down. It’s, indeed, in Hong Kong itself. As per itinerary, I went there on my first night. I am a navigator, but admittedly, this can be a little tougher to locate than other restaurants I’ve been to. Be warned.
Its menu is relatively extensive. Many choices for your likings, from pasta, to curry rice / noodles, to small bites, egg tarts, main courses etc. In a party of four, we ordered, communal style – always the preferred style of dining for a confused palate.
Iced Milk Tea :: Like the one I had later at Australian Dairy Company, I thought their rendition of Iced Milk Tea is comparable to that of its neighboring country to the east, Taiwan. So, needless to say, as a Milk Tea sucker, I loved it.
Macanese Crispy Bun with Butter & Condensed Milk / with Peanut Butter, Butter & Condensed Milk (HKD18) :: Being about SGD3 for 2 halves of the Crispy Buns, it can be slightly costly if you compare it to Singapore’s pastries’ standard. But, I say it’s all worth it. You can’t really find something like this in Singapore. The former was plain, simple, and lovely. The latter stole the limelight after I’ve had a go at it. Like traditional toasts have proven, peanut butter and butter goes well. With condensed milk joining the party, it was a party not to be missed.
Macanese Burger with Pork Chop (HKD25) :: This is possibly one of the most unshowy item ever. Its plain-looking burger bun and pork chop would though, shock you big time. The bun is soft but with volume, its pork chop is juicy, meaty and tender. The burger bun contains the saltiness of the pork chop very well, it was complemented very well. A must-try at Macau Cafe.
Macanese Curry with Beef Brisket (HKD59) :: I think it might be a trend, or a strategy, for the Cafe to make their food the most unassuming. This was, again, surprisingly good. It’s mildly spicy, beef brisket was the star. Even in big chunks, they are easy to bite through.
Macanese Pasta with Pork Chop (HKD45) :: Skip this at all costs. It was the worst pasta I’ve had. It was like there was no effort put in for this dish. The pasta was nowhere near al dente. The gravy was only topped at the top. Stir it a little, and you’ll see plain spaghetti – that the gravy isn’t fluid / sufficient enough to cover. The pork chop was nothing like the one in their burger, it was more like pork cutlets. So meh, we each had a mouthful and left it there.
Macanese Roasted Baby Pigeon (HKD38) :: Coincidentally, it had 4 equal portions. As a baby pigeon, it still doesn’t have much meat, but adequate to have a taste of it. I thought it was pretty evenly roasted, and well too. The meat was moist. Worth the try before heading somewhere else for a full-grown, big fat pigeon. Okay, just kidding.
Portuguese Egg Tarts (HKD9/each) :: The Portuguese Egg Tarts are just about the most renowned dim sum dish in Hong Kong. Oh, the irony. The hype on all the Egg Tarts drives me a little crazy. They are good, but not that good. As a food junkie, too much of them made me think that they’re well, all about the same. Nothing too spectacular for me.
It is a small cosy, 2nd storey cafe in one of the lanes in Hong Kong. You must take note when to turn into this lane of shops. Or you’d just miss it without noticing. Service was near non-existent. But I don’t expect much from these establishments. I’m not crazy about this cafe, all in all, not a must-go. I quite believe you can get equally good food with a stone’s throw in Hong Kong. But if you want to be a tourist and say that you’ve been here, no harm done.
Address: Shop 6B, Tsim Sha Tsui Mansion, 83-97 Nathan Road (near Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station)
Telephone: +852 2301 1999
Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm