The HK favourite is back with equally impressive views!
The beloved Cafe Deco on The Peak sadly closed this year, but thankfully this fail-safe favourite hasn’t left HK! Now located at The One in TST, Cafe Deco still boasts fantastic views and exceptional service… you can even glimpse the light show as you wine and dine. Expect an Oyster Happy Hour, beautiful daily sunsets and of course, the much loved semi-buffet Sunday brunch. Better make reservations because nightly dinners fill up quick…
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Walking into the new revamped Cafe Deco at The ONE feels like going back in time – hints of Paris in the 20s with a glorious views of the skyline from the 20th floor make it an impressive, but non-intimidating option for dinner. The same hardworking team are still there, and there’s a similar menu with some minor tweaks and new additions. Live Canadian lobsters are pulled from the tank by order, the NY strip steak remains a staple (since 1994!) and there’s still a Tandoori oven.
This is the kind of place where you want to sip a classic martini, however the al-fresco bar offers quite a variety of drinks including a collection of cocktails, liquor of all types and an extensive list of red, white and rose wines. The red Chianti ($86) by the glass is a smooth, dry and drinkable and went perfectly with the NY strip (more on that later!).
Let me just say that the Ocean Seafood Platter ($898) is reason alone to pay Cafe Deco a visit! The decadent platter is filled to the rim with a variety of the freshest crustaceans from the sea, including not one, but two types of seasonal oysters, tiger prawns, garlic mussels, a crabmeat cocktail with green onion and Japanese Yuzu, plump scallops, salmon tartar and small bites of abalone splashed with sake topped with salty fish eggs. There was plenty of lemon wedges and four dips to play with flavours and acidity levels. The towering tray is most definitely enough to share with two or three of your best girlfriends!
We continued on with seafood, tucking into a fresh Canadian lobster (available four ways) – a new addition to the menu. We opted for the grilled variety with homely mashed potatoes and a thick, creamy truffle butter. I found myself going back for spoonfuls of it… in addition, we had to try the classic NY Strip Steak which has been on the flagship menu since opening in 1994. There’s a reason it’s still on the menu! The 12oz steak was cooked to perfection and sprinkled with sea salt – so simple, but so flavourful.
Then came… the Indian food! Yep, that’s right, they’ve brought over the Tandoori oven from the flagship location. We tried the Create your Own Thali ($302) which comes with a few set dishes such as saffron rice, mango chutney and Aloo Gobi. You can then choose between vindaloo, chicken korma or butter paneer tikka with Tandoori grilled proteins. We opted for the lamb with no regrets – the Indian menu is extensive and is done well with the all of the right flavours and spices!
Last but not least was the dessert. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you poured hot salted caramel on top of a milk chocolate ball encasing a rich chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice-cream? Me neither, until I experienced the Homemade Chocolate Heaven – a true chocolate lovers dream. The salty popcorn adds a wonderful crunchy texture, blending ever so nicely with the salty caramel and sweet chocolate. I will dream about this over and over again.
I also fancied the massive “maca-ronut” – two large macaron sandwiching sweet raspberries and a tart lemon curd. This one is truly a Sassy dish!
Expectations were beyond met with the elegant space, tall ceilings and gorgeous city lights view. The servers were very attentive, polite and every bite of food we tasted made a memorable impression. I felt like Gatsby was about to walk in through the bronze doorway with champagne showers at any minute! I thoroughly enjoyed the lively environment of the candlelit 6,000 sq foot space. This is definitely a place I would bring visitors (hello view!) or have a relaxed night out with the girls. Oyster Happy Hour is calling!
Café Deco, The One, 20/F, 100 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.cafedecogroup.com