Clash of Old and Modern Hong Kong: The epitome of cultural revitalization, the new Tai On Coffee & Tea injects modern flavors into traditional tea house premises.
Look & Feel: From the ceiling fans, deck seatings, to the calligraphic signage, the coffee house keeps everything from its previous owner that reminds guests of old Hong Kong. A veteran in Yau Ma Tei, the old Tai On Coffee & Tea had served the neighborhood cha chaan teng comfort foods since 1969. Inheriting this is the renovated coffee house that aims to infuse the community with young blood and café fare inspired by old Hong Kong flavors.
On The Menu: Living up to its name, the coffee house serves coffees ranging from hand-drips to a house special Horlicks coffee, with beans provided by the local roastery ideology. Of course, the house also serves regular Americanos and cappuccinos.
Tai On Coffee & Tea’s effort to mix traditional cha chaan teng flavors into a modern café experience does not stop there. Try lemon-tea-flavored cookies, roll cakes with a hint of the traditional drink made with apricot kernel, or bagel with condensed milk filling.
Great For: Coffee catch-ups, coffee stop during day.
FYI: The coffee house will enrich its menu in late March — return with an empty stomach!
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.