Monday, October 09, 2006

Hong Kong Cafe

Hong Kong Cafe @ East Coast Road is one of the pioneer Hong Kong style cafes in Singapore. Located along East Coast Road, it can be pretty troublesome to get there as there are no parking lots nearby with the exception of a few free lots at the Caltex station opposite and at the private estate nearby. After our dinner at Peach Blossoms earlier in the evening, 5 of us (my gf, her sister, her sister's bf, her brother and me) made our way there at about 2200hrs for an early supper.

The place was brightly lit with the option of Al Fresco dining or dining in the cool comfort of the enclosed air-conditioned area. We chose the air-conditioned area naturally, as the haze was still very thick and outdoor dining would have been suicidal. After some thought, we ordered 2 servings of plain French Toast, Iron Rooster (chicken drumlets), Curry pork cutlet rice, Seafood Yi Mian and some drinks to go along, namely Yuan Yang (coffee + tea), Mango King, Iced Milo and Honey Lemon.

I only sampled the Iron Rooster and French Toast and drank the Yuan Yang, so I'll only comment on these items. I personally found the Iron Rooster to be mediocre, with the sauce being too sweet for my liking. My dining companions thought otherwise though. They commented that it was not bad. To each his/her own I guess. The Yuan Yang tasted pretty good today, not too bitter or sweet. However the standard can fluctuate quite a bit and it tasted too bitter the last time I tried it. The French Toast is the main reason why I keep coming back. It is unlike the normal French Toasts that you have eaten. It is huge and a little crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. Drizzle it with honey and a lip smacking experience awaits. One word of caution though, it has to be consumed piping hot to ensure maximum pleasure.

The bill came up to about $63 for 5 pax, which is slightly pricier than what I would have expected, given that in reality, only 3 people were actually eating. The draw of this place lies in its opening hours (6pm -5am on weekends) and the availability of decent and not overly expensive food. It can get really crowded on weekends and they don't take reservations. So take your chances.

Yuan Yang

Mango King

Seafood Yi Mian

Iron Rooster

The French Toast

Cross section of the French Toast

The bill

Final Verdict:
Food:6.25/10 (7/10 for the toast)
Value for money:6.5/10


Address: 380 East Coast Rd. Opening hours 6pm-5am on weekends. Limited free parking at the Caltex station opposite.

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