YAY! I have found another good place for coffee in Hong Kong – 18 Grams 🙂 I’ve noticed lately more coffee shops and cafes have popped open on the Kowloon side where I live, which is great!
I haven’t been able to find much information about 18 Grams, it kinda intrigues me why they have called their shop 18 Grams and not 28 Grams? Hmmm…I don’t really know much about coffee-making but does 18 grams have any significance to making a good cup of coffee?
Anyhow, I do know 18 Grams is a local company and their barista Ed Lam had recently won at Coffee Roasting Competition held in Guangzhou. They now have 3 stores across HK – Causeway Bay, Mongkok and Tsim Sha Tsui ~ but Mong Kok is their largest store and probably the most comfortable ~
I’ve heard good things about 18 Grams so on a nice sunny afternoon, I dragged Sasa out of bed at 1pm lol early for our standards and got there at around 2pm. The cafe was basically empty, and were told we can sit where ever we wanted ~ they didn’t give us a menu but had a large menu next to the cash register, where you ordered and paid.
Neither of us had breakfast so we were starving! My Anonymous Sis has a saying “A hungry man is an angry man” hahaha I swear I was an angry girl. Thankfully the food came out piping hot within 10 minutes 😀
I consider myself a true Aussie ~ I love Vegemite, Pavlova and BBQs so when I saw the Aussie Breakfast I just had to order it! It’s basically the ‘Big Breakfast’ we call in Australia, with scrambled eggs, baked beans, sausages, bacon, tomatoes, baked beans and toast ~ The scrambled eggs were cooked nicely, where it was that great smooth consistency.The sausages were a little ‘gamy’ for my liking but Sasa thought they were okay and the bacon just wasn’t what I’m use …I find the bacon here is like a cross between ham and bacon 😛
Sasa loves poached eggs so without a doubt, she got the Eggs Benedict ~ the muffins were lightly toasted, topped with gammon ham, spinach, poached eggs and finished with hollandaise sauce. I tried it and thought it was pretty good 🙂 I can be quite picky about hollandaise sauce but I enjoyed theirs as it had a good balance of butter and lemon.
I wouldn’t call myself an avid coffee drinker because most of the time I just drink Mocha hahaha But I know what mochas make me smile ~ and this definitely did 🙂 The coffee had a fantastic aroma and the barista mixed it with the appropriate amount of chocolate, to ensure that it wasn’t overpowering the coffee or vice versa. Yummy ~ I might go back on Monday haven’t had good coffees in the past week or so 😛
Sasa ordered the Ice Caffe Mocha tasted like mine, however, the chocolate and coffee wasn’t really mixed thoroughly so it was like the chocolate was at the bottom, then the coffee, then the milk. Both good but I think I enjoyed my mocha a little more 🙂
They also have a range of desserts such as homemade tiramisu, New York Cheesecake and their Not Quite Brownie “Brownie” which I’d love to try next time ~
18 Grams is definitely a great place to hang out with friends, especially since food is nice and reasonably priced. Plus an added bonus would be the fact that they don’t have a 10% service charge like most places in HK woo hoo!
Do check it out when you have the chance and if you find out why they’re called 18 Grams please let me know!
I also need to say Goodbye to Sasa my foodie partner 😦 because she recently found a job and will be working full-time from now on 🙂 Guess we wont be having many 2pm brunches but all the best with your new job and I’ll just have lunch with you like normal people do at 12:30pm ~
18 Grams – Mong Kok
Shop B04, B/F, Gala Place,
56 Dundas Street, Mong Kok