Due to its diminutive stature, it would be very easy to sail right by the small but perfectly-formed Corner Café on your way up Sai Ying Pun’s Centre Street, however that would be a big mistake, as this petite six-seater eatery punches well above its weight in terms of quality.
We headed westwards down Queen’s Road from Sassy HQ and were definitely ready for a sit down and a cuppa by the time we’d schlepped up the hill to Second Street! Refreshments-wise, it’s all about the baked goods here, with a daily selection of freshly baked pies, pastries and cakes, along with some seriously punchy Australian-imported coffee brews for your mid-afternoon caffeine hit.
We were lucky to bag a window seat and get in some quality people-watching time over our lunch, starting with a delicious and oh-so-sinful bacon and egg pie, which was as dense and delicious as you’d hope, with a lingering smoky bacon flavour. This came served Aussie-style with a swirl of ketchup on top, so those who are not big fans of the red stuff should ensure that you mention this when ordering!
Next up was a moist and rich spinach quiche, whose pastry base managed to be at once crumbly and wonderfully crisp, without any of the sogginess that you can often find with quiche – a firm winner for Team Savoury!
Heading up the sweets was a plate-lickingly good lemon tart that easily met my personal requirements of sufficient tartness combined with just enough sugar to take the edge off the citrus tang. The accompanying chocolate tart was rich with a hint of bitterness that paired perfectly with my creamy latte. In fact, the only slightly flat note were the cupcakes, as I found the individual flavours to be hard to distinguish and a little too sweet for my taste.
The best thing about this hole-in-the wall joint is the fact that everything is available to order from partner venture – catering maestros Eat My Cakes, located just around the corner on Western Street. So if your next party is crying out for some people-pleasing pies, or you’re just really craving some more of that delish lemon tart, then you can pre-order to take away.
Corner Café is the perfect neighbourhood hangout for hip Sai Ying Pun-sters, or anyone who appreciates the beauty of a crisp pastry crust… just be prepared to race for a seat!
Corner Cafe 56 Centre Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
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