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The Best Of Hong Kong
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By Adele Wong | February 25th, 2016
  • Casual Dining
  • HK Island, Sai Ying Pun

Coffee and Croissants: The Hideout Coffee House is a cozy two-story cafe on the hills of Sai Ying Pun that specializes in java with an Australian slant.

Look & Feel: The Hideout feels like your quintessential neighborhood cafe, with a small ordering counter and a few seats downstairs, and more tables in a little sparse but comfortable attic-like space above.

The Hideout Coffee House
The Hideout Coffee House holds it down on Third Street

On the Menu: There’s a long list of coffees to choose from, made with beans from Brazil, Colombia, and Ethiopia. Need to stay awake? A doppio espresso ($28) might do the trick. Got time to kill? Consider a flat white ($40). Can’t stand the heat? And Ice Black ($38) might be right up your alley.

Service: The baristas know what they’re doing here, so you’re in safe hands. The pace can be a bit relaxed — so be prepared to wait patiently for your cuppa.

Jeng: The flat white is just like they make ’em in Melbourne: smooth, creamy and strong all at once. The signature croissants ($75, comes in a set of two with salad on the side) might not be how they make ’em in Paris, but they’re buttery and fluffy and tasty all the same.

Not So Jeng: You have no choice as far as we can tell (we weren’t allowed to order single plain croissants on their own) but to take your croissants with a pile of spicy mustard on top of one, and heavy butter cream on top of the other. Dear lord, why the blasphemy? The condiments do nothing but overwhelm the flaky pastries.

Great For: A freelancing afternoon, a quiet retreat, a legit coffee break.

FYI: There’s free Wi-Fi!

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