Thursday, November 26, 2015

First Bite: The Coffee Academics

Whenever I visit a different country, I always ask locals for recommendations as I believe that they know the best ones around. And during my trip in Hong Kong, R’s friend C, recommended The Coffee Academics. Since I’m in love with coffee, I asked R if it’s okay for us to have brunch there and when he said yes, my tummy twirled for joy. And so one morning, we headed to…
The Coffee Academics
The place is very charming with its warm interiors. 
The wooden fixtures made the place homey and ideal for casual meet ups with friends.
Soon, we ordered the following: Slow Poached Eggs Benedict with a cup of cappuccino (HK$98) and 24-Month Aged Iberico Ham Croque Madame (HK$108).
First to arrive was my cup of coffee. It didn’t have a strong kick but it was a good way to start the day without upsetting the tummy. It was also great for those who are starting to learn how to enjoy coffee without sweeteners.
Next to arrive were our meals.
The Eggs Benedict was delightful. The poached eggs were prepared well and its silky texture (and Hollandaise sauce) went well with the slightly crisp bread and slightly salty ham. 
The greens added texture to the dish.
R’s 24-Month Aged Iberico Ham Croque Madame (whew, that’s a mouthful!) was very photogenic. I didn’t exactly go crazy over the Croque Madame which was slightly tangy, probably from the gruyere cheese and parmigiano regiano
But the cone of twister fries, which was the primary reason why R ordered it, was pretty good! It was crisp and well seasoned. You could skip the ketchup!
Overall, it was a pretty relaxing place and we were able to recharge from days of walking. It had that Apartment 1B vibe to it but a bit younger. Price-wise, I find it a tad expensive. But food was good and ambiance is great! I’d recommend this to my friends.

The Coffee Academics is located at Ground Floor, 38 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

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