It is known that cafe with home-made bakery is uncommon in HK. Thus it would be an intriguing dining experience at Simplylife Bakery Cafe (one is in Taikoo Shing and another in Kowloon Tong), which is popular for it's tasty range of freshly-baked bread.
I've visited both cafe enjoying my brunch (Kowloon Tong) and dinner (Taikoo Shing) there. It is pleasurable to experience the flexibility of choosing dishes from the menu : e.g. for the appetizer, we can choose onion soup or salad; we have totally 6 choices for the main course (dinner) ; and we have the option of choosing desserts or not ($10 more for desserts).
the cafe of Taikoo Shing ...... we can see the open bakery counter with the display of various delicious bread.
The appetizer :
we chose crabmeat salad with a slice of rye bread for the brunch
there're more bread for the dinner : rye bread and raisin bread.
The bread is for sure home-made and freshly-baked. We can taste the cripsy but a bit hard crust, with soft but chewy inside. The butter has been complained for its hardness in the food web., and I experienced this in Taikoo Shing, but the reverse is true for the brunch in Kowloon Tong.
The salad is quite good, as the fresh vegetables are served with fresh crabmeat and seasame sauce ...... it only whets my appetite !!
The main course :
I picked the burger set ($98 with desserts) with French fries for the brunch
a closer look
the french fries with sliced tomato and garlic have been admired by food comments ...... well, it is delicious for strong taste of potato and the moist but still quite crispy texture. otherwise, it's nothing spectacular for me.
my friend chose the angel hair pasta with grilled prawn served with tomato sauce. obviously the prawn is over-grilled though it is quite fresh indeed. the pasta is not al dente, but fortunately the sauce is quite good.
for the dinner, I chose the grains rice congee with grilled assorted mushrooms. the cereal grains included not only rice and oats, but black glutinous rice, lotus seeds, fox nuts etc. it is topped with cheese, and it is cooked like risotto with white-coloured sauce. the taste is OK for me, but maybe flavourless for others.
The desserts :
The type of desserts is decided by the Chef. For my dinner, i have chocolate brownie stuffed with walnuts, with icing sugar sprinkled on top. the portion is too small for me, and the brownie is quite hard in texture.
i've also lemon cheese cake for the brunch. though it is again in tiny portion, the taste of lemon is strong and the cake base (maybe made by crushed digestive biscuits) is not thick. yummy !!
For the setting , the black furnishings is arty and trendy. and the ambience is still comfortable though a bit cozy. there are seats inside and outside the cafe.
The service is quite good as the waitresses are courteous and friendly. but there is room for them to improve their oral English.
Simplylife Bakery Cafe
鰂魚涌太古城中心1樓142A號舖 (Tel : 29678163)
九龍塘又一城商場2樓L2-42號舖 (Tel : 22657418)