The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Stylish coffees, average food @ Caffe Habitu [Elements], Hong Kong

We've lived above the Elements mall for more than five years now, and we finally tried out Caffe Habitu. Its location and entrance is not in a very prominent place, so it is easy to forget it's there. We found out last year that one of our four neighbours living on the same floor as us, works at Caffe Habitu in the advertising department. And since then Caffe Habitu came on our radar. We've dined there twice in the previous two months, both times for a quick brunch date out with baby #3. Service is adequate here - at least there is table service at this branch, unlike at a few other locations. The space is comfortable enough for a cafe-style setting, and there is opportunity to people-watch from the tables overlooking the ice-skating rink. The meals here are average at best, but the coffees and cakes are worth coming here for.

The entrance to Caffe Habitu is tucked away in a corner away from the main part of the mall, so it's easy to miss:

Hubby ordered Myers' Caffe Luna (HK$59), a cappuccino cocktail made with Myers' dark rum and hazelnut syrup, laced with a crescent of chocolate. A bit too boozy for a midday coffee, but I must say it was delicious:

Hubby's All Day Luxury Breakfast (HK$128) with scrambled eggs, Cumberland pork sausages, Scottish smoked salmon, bacon rasher, roasted vine tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, baked beans, served with rose strawberry jam and toasted brioche. This is pretty good, compared with the other breakfast egg dishes we tried:

Poached Eggs with Asparagus and Prosciutto (HK$112). One egg was overcooked, and the other egg had barely any runny yolk:

Warm Chocolate and Pear Fondant with vanilla gelato (HK$72) - this was good! Warm soft gooey chocolate fondant paired beautifully with the creamy and cool gelato:

Our second visit fell on a Friday, and there was an affordably priced set lunch menu which gave the option of soup or salad for first course, and about three or four choices for the main course. Tea/coffee was included (a bit extra to change to a special coffee), and it was HK$25 extra to enjoy one of the Quintessential Cakes range.

Daily soup for the set lunch menu was Mushroom Soup. It was very salty and oily:

For my coffee, I chose one of the signatures, the Cappuccino Brûlée (additional HK$16 for the set lunch option). In the background is hubby's All Day Luxury Breakfast and Ginger Latte (HK$50):

The Tsar's Choice (eggs benedict with smoked salmon, dill and caviar, HK$102) was ok. The poached eggs were overcooked again:

Pure 65% cake from the Quintessential Cakes range - a good choice for chocoholics:

Come to Caffe Habitu for the coffees and cakes, but there are better options for a meal elsewhere in the Elements mall.

Caffe Habitu [Elements]
Shop 1001, 1st Floor
Elements Mall
1 Austin Road West
Tsim Sha Tusi, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel. +85 2 2196 8466

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