Look & Feel: It’s surprising how spacious things get in Hong Kong once you move out of the crowded, cramped streets of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Thanks to its location on the reclaimed waterfront in the New Territories, the new Café Bohème is a sprawling space that’s got plenty of room between each table—translation: there’s room for private conversations and baby strollers. Big postcard windows offer an indoor-outdoor feeling and calming views over the nearby waters, while indoors, plenty of cement, grey, and graffiti-style art offer a chill industrial vibe. This is definitely a family-friendly spot, so no doubt, all the local families will flock during the weekends.
On the Menu: Café Bohème is all about comfort food, so be prepared to chow down on satisfying pizzas, pastas, and more. We kick things off with a classic Burrata & Parma Ham ($165) served on a bed of arugula – so far, so delicious. The Greek Salad ($138) was equally refreshing on a scorching day when temperatures were hitting 33 degrees.
For mains, we decide to split a pizza and two pastas. The Capricciosa pizza ($148) was a perfectly solid offering, with a judicious sprinkling of Italian baked ham, mushrooms, artichokes, olives, and basil leaves on a base of tomato and mozzarella—if we’re being picky, the only comment would be that the doughy base errs towards thin and crispy rather than fluffy. For pasta, we order the creamy Tagliatelle Carbonara ($148) and flavorful Seafood Linguini ($148). Both were perfectly acceptable, and we’d guess only a true Italian would quibble with the dishes—the carbonara sauce was properly made with egg, not cream, after all!
Jeng: The easygoing vibes and hearty comfort food.
Not So Jeng: Café Bohème probably won’t win any awards, but it’s a perfect place for a leisurely weekend lunch.
FYI: If you didn’t want to head across to the New Territories, there’s another branch of Café Bohème at the West Kowloon Art Park.
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