[Hong Kong] It seems that every month, a new hipster coffee joint pops up in Hong Kong.
However, most of the cafes are opening on the Hong Kong Island side since the coffee-drinking working class is concentrated there.
Over at Kowloon, it would be much trickier to find a quality cup of latte especially in Mongkok, which is a very local area with more cha chan teng style cafes than Western-style ones.
The few more popular ones are Knockbox Coffee Company and Full Cup Café.
Pause It is a newly opened café in the Mongkok area at 84 Shantung Street, along a quieter lane not far from the main touristy streets.
Sit by the full-length window seats with a cup of coffee amidst a minimalist, bright and inviting interior.
Except for the loud Cantonese music playing in the background, the café is otherwise pretty chill and is a nice contrast from busy Hong Kong streets for you to literally “pause it”.
The thing that Hong Kongers need to do more often.
They offer the usual standard stuff but also some interesting items like Charcoal Latte and alcoholic coffee like Espresso Martini.
If coffee is not your poison, there are other tea and soda drinks on the menu like Tropical Oolong Coldbrew, and Peachy Camomile.
An all-day dining menu is also available, with pretty standard fare like Avocado Toast, Spaghetti Aglio Olio and Quinoa Salad. However, note that the kitchen starts serving food only from 11.30am.
I ordered the Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon (HKD78, SGD14) and the Purple Potato Latte (HKD40, SGD7).
The homemade hollandaise sauce on the poached eggs were slightly torched to give it a more pleasing look, and tasted just creamy enough without being too lemony.
The egg yolks had a very orangey tint, which I suspect could be because they are Japanese eggs, which usually have a richer yolk colour.
The Purple Potato Latte was quite pleasant, slightly sweet and would not leave you feeling sickly.
A balanced flavour of milk and purple potato came through, without the grainy taste that I was half-expecting.
My dining partner had the Avocado Toast with Poached Egg (HKD72, SGD13), and she was pleasantly surprised that there was smashed avocado spread and then topped with sliced avocado on the sourdough toast,
Definitely for the avocado fans.
The Charcoal Latte (HKD38, SGD6.70) was a good-looker for photos, but the bitter-notes didn’t work out well.
As for the intriguing-sounding Blue-Orange Latte (HKD40, SGD7), it tasted quite interesting, creamy, not too sweet and with a light tint of citrus in that cup. (Tried asking why the coffee is called “blue orange” but the server cannot seem to explain why.)
By noon, the café was packed (mind you this was a weekday afternoon) with some hip looking people.
It felt like I stumble upon a cool spot where all the cool people hung out.
Is Pause It setting precedence for more cafes opening on the Kowloon side? If so, we can certainly welcome it, especially for those times when you are looking for a place to pause and take a break from the hustle bustle.
Pause It Cafe
84 Shantung Street, Mongkok, Hong Kong (Mongkok Station, Exit E2)
Tel: +852 2348 2138
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – Pause It Cafe
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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. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.