Mr Bao would like me to thank everyone for the kind comments in my previous post, he and his family are feeling much better now~ Thank you once again!
I know you’ve all been following me on my crazy dessert marathons and to be honest it can be expensive sometimes to dine at these places. However, I thought I was leaving HK soon so I was willing to splurge and eat wherever I wanted to 🙂 But then some of my friends don’t want to spend that much on afternoon tea or dessert, which is fair enough and even though I strongly disagree with them 😛 I must respect them. So when Mr T suggested a catch up on a budget I did some research and found a nice cafe – Crema tucked away in a small shopping centre in Tsim Sha Tsui East ~
We got there at around 2:30pm on a Saturday and it was pretty packed, we scored a table in the middle of the store and was immediately handed a menu. They had a very simple menu with a variety of coffee, cakes on display and some mains like pasta and sandwiches. Prices were quite reasonable with afternoon tea sets for about $45HKD ($5.5AUD) you get a piece of cake or sandwich plus a coffee of your choice.
Mr Bao and Mr T were pretty hungry so insisted that we order savoury foods before we got cake 😛 I think they were worried that this was going to be a ‘dessert for lunch’ type catch up hahaha
Even though we didn’t expect the spaghetti to be top notch…we were quite disappointed by the pasta, it is quite obvious the sauce came out of a can and it had been diluted. The ham also had a weird ‘plasticy’ taste to me, thank gosh the pasta wasn’t overcooked if not it was have been an epic fail.
It was the same thing with the next pasta…and it was worse because we found a little ‘bug’ and they had to make us another one 😦 The sauce was so watery and I couldnt’ taste any mushrooms, while the chicken was simply boiled chicken breast pieces stirred into the pasta.
We were pretty over the savoury food by now and was ready to order cake ~ but Mr Bao was still hungry so decided to order a Tuna and Egg Mayonnaise tea set plus a latte for $46HKD ($5.60AUD).
Another disappointment 😦 There was barely any filling… and they definitely put too much mayonnaise in both the tuna and the egg filling.
Crema is known for their latte art 🙂 Definitely impressed! I haven’t seen many places be able to produce such pretty lattes anywhere let alone HK ~
I wish I had known before and had asked for their famous ‘rabbit’, I saw it in other reviews that its extra cute! Mr Bao seemed to enjoy it and I had a sip and thought it was a pretty decent cup of coffee 🙂 I wouldn’t say it was the more aromatic coffee I’ve had, but given the coffee standards here this was definitely at least an A ~
I was so disappointed when my mocha came, I was expecting another amazing bear or rabbit…but nope because I ordered a mocha the barista didn’t think it was necessary to make it pretty. It tasted pretty good though ~ had a subtle coffee taste though not as strong as I like them.
We started off with an Apple Pie Cake, basically large apple pie cut into cake slices ~ the tart crust was very thick and dry, quite hard for our fork to cut through. The filling was alright, quite sweet though even for me hahaha but Mr Bao and Mr T seemed to like it saying that it’s been a while since they’ve had an apple pie.
I was quite surprised that this was a rather rich cheesecake, it had a thick digestive biscuit base, firm cream cheese layer then topped with a thin layer of sour cream ~ I’m pretty sure Crema don’t bake their own cake and get their cakes from a supplier and I’m certain I’ve had this cake before at another cafe lol it wasn’t the best cheesecake I’ve had, but for $38HK it was a decent piece of New York Cheesecake ~
This was probably the most disappointing cake out of the three 😦 it had the same digestive biscuit cake base, then a layer of chocolate sponge cake, chocolate ganache another layer of sponge cake then the whole cake is covered in this hard chocolate ganache. The cake layers and ganache was so dry and hard that we couldn’t even pick it up with our forks. We didn’t even finish it…and that never happens I never waste cake >_<
Verdict – Definitely go for their coffees and maybe a piece of cake, but bear in mind they’re not all good and don’t have high expectations of their savoury foods~
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