Hong Kong is definitely a place to be for all kinds of food and shopping, but since coming here, I simply haven’t been able to find a decent cup of coffee. That’s why I’m SUPER excited to introduce you all to the newest coffee and gelato joint in town *Drum Rolls Please* – Holly Brown!
Very briefly, Holly Brown is the creation of Italian coffee master Domenic Spadaccin, who wishes to accentuate the current coffee scene and deliver top notch coffee to everyone in HK. Not only do they specialise in coffee, they also have an array of desserts such as gelato, waffles, honey toast and yoghurt.
I’ve already visited twice in a week so I’ll be combining my visits in this review 🙂
Let’s start with the coffee ~
First of all it’s definitely a nice looking cup of mocha, best looking one I’ve seen so far and as for the taste, had a nice blend of coffee and chocolate, I hate it where some places put too much chocolate and not enough coffee or vice versa, so well done to the barista 🙂 Even though, this wasn’t the best mocha, it was definitely the best one I’ve had in HK!
Now to the desserts 🙂
I’ve noticed it’s become a trend to have ice-cream where goodies are ‘smashed’ into them ~ Mr Bao and I already experienced this last time we were at Cafe Kool and now Holly Brown ~ but it’s so much more extravagant here where the gelato is in served a freshly baked waffle basket.
First visit with my best friend Sasa, a night where we left the boys at home and enjoyed a quiet girls night out!
Sasa got the Mochalicious – coffee gelato, chocolate chips, Orea and chocolate sauce VERY nice! Probably because I like desserts with Orea just a heavenly good combo! I got the Gemmy Pop (white one in the back) which had milk gelato, almonds and chocolate chips. I absolutely love anything with caramel and almonds so this was designed for me! And the milk ice-cream was unique and a nice change from good old vanilla ice-cream 😀 two thumbs up from me!
Unfortunately, the waffle basket wasn’t that fresh on my first visit…a lot better the second time when I went to another store ~
Then on my second visit, I took Mr Bao and his friend Mr G ~
Usually I get to choose what we get but this time…I lost the argument and we got Mr Bao’s favourite strawberry flavoured ice-cream… to me bad strawberry flavoured ice-cream tastes like cough syrup but this was surprisingly pleasant ~ Miss Sunshine was a smash of strawberry gelato, strawberry, banana and pie crust! I particularly liked the pie crust throughout the ice-cream 🙂 Not something I’d order again, but for other strawberry-lovers this is a must try!
They have some pretty complicated coffee machine on display, not sure how it works, but I’m just happy to get a decent cup of coffee out of it 🙂
Definitely recommend Holly Brown for anyone else who’s in HK and having coffee withdrawal symptom or simply go and try their ‘smashing’ good gelato!
Holly Brown (Click for other store addresses)
G19, Ground Floor,
K11, 18 Hanoi Road,
Tsim Sha Tsui. Kowloon
Tel: (852) 3122 4016
Ps. I just realised ‘New in Town – Holly Brown’ kinda rhymes!!! 😀