[Hong Kong] Nested in the crazy busy area of Mongkok is a secret garden-themed cafe.
The Hut is a quiet rustic garden that is hidden away from the hustle going on in one of Hong Kong’s busiest area.
The café is super cosy and is decorated with plenty of dried flowers, reading books and distressed furniture.
And if you didn’t know better, you might have thought you are in Taiwan or Japan since the ambience feels very “slow life”.
Did I also mention there are cats roaming around free in the café?
It is not an animal-patting café, as the cats belong to the owner and are free to relax and play in the café during the day. You are allowed to pat the cats but they are not obligated to be friendly back at you.
The Hut is a pretty spot to grab some tea brew and light bites.
They also have main meal items and the food seem to focus on being “healthy but tasty” – Sakura Shrimp Pomelo Salad, Japanese grain rice with salmon flakes etc. Their desserts are produced in small quantities and cake items change seasonally.
Apparently, their cakes are homemade and supplied by a sister-café – Lucy Coffee and Food.
I ordered a Torched Pear Almond Tart (HKD65, SGD11.20) and a Matcha Cheesecake with Purple Rice (HKD68, SGD11.70).
The pear tarts are made in small batches daily using Dutch pears and are only available while the fruit is still in season.
The tart was not overly sweet, the crust buttery and with a pleasant flavour of grounded almonds.
The matcha cheesecake is made with imported matcha powder from Japan.
Unlike the light fluffy Japanese cheesecake, this version was heavier (much like the texture of German cheesecake) and bitter on the matcha flavor.
Might be a hit with the true-blue matcha fans, unfortunately not my cup of tea.
I had the Iced Rose Osmanthus Oolong Tea (HKD58, SGD10) and the Plum Soda with Cherry Blossom (HKD52, SGD9) to wash the desserts down with.
The drinks were lightly sweetened so you can still taste the flavour of the tea brew coming through.
The Pistachio Cheese Nachos (HKD68, SGD11.70) were pretty basic, would not order them unless I was feeling really peckish.
If you have a few hours to unwind and read a book, this café is a great spot – that’s if you don’t get too distracted by the wandering cats there.
The Hut is located on the second level, along Sai Yeung Choi Street in Mongkok.
You will have to look out for the sign directing you upstairs as it is hard to notice where it is on the ground floor.
The Hut 小房子
Room C, 2/F, Cheong Kee House, 4 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok (Mong Kok MTR Station Exit E2)
Tel: +852 55266 122
Opening Hours: 2pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – My Cup of Tea
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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.