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By Joseph Lam | February 6th, 2018
  • Bar, Cafe
  • HK Island, Sai Ying Pun
  • Address: Shop A, 35-37 First Street, Sai Ying Pun
  • Website:
  • Open Hours: Monday-Sunday, Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
  • Open Since : September, 2017
  • Rating: 3.5
  • Cuisine: Coffee, Western
  • Ambience: Casual

Byway: One of the newest additions on the narrow road which is First Street comes from a husband and wife duo with a passion for organic wine. Co-owner Matt Cousins is a musician and a barista trained by Allpress Espresso in Dalston, London, while co-owner Karen Leung has a background in branding. Together, they’ve brought a natural wine bar and coffee shop to Sai Ying Pun.

Look and feel: Cosy, easy on the eye and built with raw materials like the plywood storage unit housing some of their crockery.


On the menu:  Detour takes simple flavors that match, and then pairs them. The focus revolves around leaving foods in more of a natural state: think sliced avocado on toast as opposed to smashed avocado, and salmon with labneh (a salted yogurt) instead of creamcheese. Everything is chosen to complement each other whether it’s had with wine or coffee (note: Redback beans are in use here).

Detour: The name comes from a 1945 film noir directed by Edgar G.Ulmer, the favorite of owner Matt Cousins. It also represents what the couple is trying to achieve: a coffee, wine and food bar that’s sightly off the beaten track.

FYI: The space plans to open as late as 11pm at some point.


This writeup is a news piece and was not based on a restaurant visit. The Loop HK will update this post once we’ve visited in person.