A drop of Italy: Sheung Wan’s newest coffee shop, Sancho, goes well beyond your typical cafe, serving authentic Italian coffee and chocolate drinks that’d be hard to find anywhere else in Hong Kong.
A little history: Fred and his business partner, a Hongkonger whose London dim sum restaurant was named the best in England by The Times‘ food critic Giles Coren, decided they’d like to open a coffee shop in Hong Kong. In hopes of veering away from the norm, Fred set off to Italy to sip his way around some of the best coffees in the world before handpicking Caffè Del Doge, Italy’s oldest Venetian coffee roaster.
Look and feel: Home-like and cozy — there’s nothing overdone or overbearing about it. Inside you’ll find warm lighting, clean space and some upper-level dining, giving customers a little privacy of their own.
On the menu: The menu here features the likes of al cucchro (a style of hot chocolate so thick you need a spoon to eat it); warm coffee-chocolate mousse topped with shaved hazelnuts, cacao powder and cream; and robusta, a simple rich combination of dark chocolate and coffee lightly topped with cream. The two beans on offer are a doge nero a central-Italian bean that is strong and dark; and doge rosso, a lighter-bodied northern-Italian-style bean with an acidic profile.
Great for: A little indulgence.
FYI: Over the last month, Sancho has been working with a local baker to perfect the recipes for its in-house baked treats. A dinner menu and espresso martinis on the way.
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