In between an alleyway like corridor in the last remaining blocks of residential buildings opposite the outrageous high rental rate Times Square is this hidden cafe which existed for a long time.
Recently they upped their equipment selection with a 2-group Slayer Espresso machine from the States.
They are rather consistent with the few previous visits in both service and cup
” may I know what beans do you use? ” la fro…..( a name)
” la f…..”
Oh… I mean what are the origins?
( a slightly friendlier guy answer)
” from various places.. We have 8 different beans in our own in house blend…..to creat a dark roasted profile…”
Right, thank you! ‘
Espresso: A smooth soft low acidity predominantly heavier dark nuts and cocoa. Hint of woodiness(?) like mouth coated with cocoa powder
With milk: sweet chocolate yet toast-ier base comes through (not rubber or ash)
It is nicely pulled and milk is done perfect yet a bit heavy for hot HK September.
Perhaps this is a kind of cafe that one can feel a real Hong Kong-ness to it, quirky space runs with passion ( guessing from the fight with rent/ business , investments) yet a little suspicious of over enthusiastic customer 😉
Still a good place to go, we like Wong Kei once in a while , don’t we all!