Sammies and Salads: A new all-day cafe in Sheung Wan, Knead goes back to basics with fresh breads, salads, sandwiches and a handful of craft beers in the fridge.
Look & Feel: Knead could easily double as a crafty DIY workshop space, thanks to its pressboard counter tops, adorable jars, open-air seating and artsy murals on the walls.
On the Menu: It’s a build-your-own affair, starting with a choice of sandwich or salad. A pretty self-explanatory menu walks you through about six types of bread, a choice of protein, cheese, veggies and spreads. Everything sounds delicious — from brie to beetroot, pesto to pumpkin. If you’re not sure which flavors go together, choose from the rotating list of suggestions on the wall. The alcohol list is short and sweet — think Gweilo IPA ($40), Amadeus Wheat Beer ($45), a couple of wines (from $50) and Napoleone & Co Cloudy Apple Cider ($50).
Service: Friendly and welcoming, especially when you approach the counter. But it takes us a few minutes to figure out how to order.
Jeng: Starting from about $55, the prices are actually quite reasonable for the neighborhood where most lunches hover around $100. Everyone in our group happily creates their own concoction — a roast beef and blue cheese sandwich on toasted Turkish bread stands out, as does a more classic combo of ham and brie on a crispy quinoa loaf. Admittedly, we don’t opt for a salad (from$60) on this visit, but will be back at lunchtime to try one out.
Not So Jeng: While the menu is easy to navigate, the ordering experience is a bit more confusing — do we help ourselves to the beer? Do we order at the counter or from the table? Being a tiny spot in Sheung Wan, the seating is a bit tight too, with some ultra uncomfortable stools. We’d also love to see a few more beer options here to turn it into an evening hangout.
FYI: If you’re looking for a healthy junk caterer, ask Knead about its packages starting from $80 per person.
Great For: Casual dinners, quick lunches, to-go snacks, hanging out.
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