[Hong Kong] Hidden away on the second floor of a building in Causeway Bay is Mamaday, the second outlet of Taipei’s Mamaday café.

When I finally navigated my way upstairs, I saw a sign on their front door there says “Members only. To apply for membership, touch your tongue to your elbow.” Seriously?

I read further and thankfully it’s meant to be a joke.

One of the owners of the original Mamaday is a Hong Kong native and decided to open up a second outlet back home.

Noticing that having a meal in Hong Kong is a lot more about efficiency than focusing on the aesthetics or the “mood”, she hopes Mamaday Hong Kong will provide a change of mentality whether you are having a good day, a bad day or a “mama” day.

Playing with the Cantonese-English meaning, “Mama” 嘛嘛 Day, means a so-so, average day.

From the wacky plates with the Queen’s picture, to tongue-in-cheek captioned decals, the humour of the owners can be seen through the eclectic and whimsical décor.

Initially when I first browsed the photos of the café, I thought the place might be really messy looking and tacky.

Turns out, every corner of the café looks pretty photo-worthy and somehow the mish-mash of look worked quite well.

Food-wise, Mamaday does not have a very extensive menu and the offerings are mostly fusion-style; think Soft-Shell Crab Pizza and Thai-style Stir-Fry Pork Udon.

Also on the menu are some interesting beverages like Tiramisu Coffee and Purple Sweet Potato Latte.

I got there at lunchtime and was offered the set lunch menu (12-2pm) where I picked the Omurice with Unagi HK112 (SGD19.70) that came with a glass of iced red tea.

Mamaday café

Sweet soy sauce flavoured rice was enveloped by an omelette, topped with a grilled unagi fillet.

The rice looked good when I first dug into it but unfortunately was not particularly flavourful.

Also, the omelette would have been better if it were slightly runnier. Overall a very average dish.

I also tried the Sole Fillet With Herb Pesto HK$106 (SGD18.60), which tasted more home-cooked than restaurant-standard.

The pesto sauce was not too bad but the Sole Fillet needed a bit more flavour.

The food is just as the name is – Mamaday (“Mama-tei” which means “so-so only” in the local Cantonese language.)

This place is probably better for chilling with a drink, taking some selfies rather than having a proper meal. Like what the menu says “It’s the middle of good and bad, yes and no, hot and cold. Average.”

Mamaday café

However, I do like how the owners managed to transform this second storey shop unit into a cosy and fun space that caters to a more vibrant crowd.

Much detail has been put into the different aspects of the design from the door to the ceiling, if only as much attention could be paid to the quality of the food.

Just to take note, Mamaday is located closer to Causeway Bay MTR station even though the address states Wan Chai. It is right beside the flyover.

Mamaday café

Mamaday Café
Perfect Commercial Building, 1/F, 28 Sharp Street West, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (Causeway Bay Station, Exit A)
Tel: +852 2164 0066
Opening Hours: 12pm- 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 12pm – 10:30pm (Fri & Sat)
Google Maps – Mamaday Café

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* Written by DFD’s Hong Kong Correspondent @kara_the_explorer, who is the Singaporean “tai tai” living the foodie dream in Hong Kong. Daniel’s Food Diary paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.

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