Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Classified, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (Alissa and Don Eat Asia Day 3, Part 1)

After our meal at Ichiran, I convinced a very tired Alissa that we should take the tram from Causeway Bay to Wan Chai to eat at 2/3 Dolci, an Italian pasticceria I had read about on Open Rice that sounded fairly delicious. After taking the tram and walking the short distance to its Star Street location, we found that it was already closed for the day, and we vowed to give it another shot on our 3-Star Michelin day.

So on our third day we headed out to Wan Chai yet again. We had been too tired to read the opening hours properly and to our disappointment 2/3 Dolci was again closed! I felt bad to have dragged Alissa for another trip out here and wasn't sure what to do. As we walked back to the train station, we passed by a little cafe and Alissa suggested we pop in for breakfast. The place was called Classified, a premium cafe chain that specialise in fine wines and cheeses, but as luck would have it do an all day breakfast and coffee.

 We both had cappuccinos. Being coffee snobs we had something critical to say about every cup of coffee we had in Hong Kong, but our cappuccinos at Classified were easily the best coffee we had while there – strong by smooth, milk not overheated or tasting bitter. Their coffee was easily better than what we had at Otto e Mezzo or Salon de Joel Robuchon. 

Breakfast was salmon and cream cheese on bagels with red onion and capers. This was very enjoyable; the salmon and cheese were of good quality and we both agreed it was a nice start to the day.

While we did not trial the cheese or the wine, we did have a good perusal of the store and can attest that they had a very good international selection. Given more time, no visit to Caprice and a Liz Lemon-like desire for late night cheese, we probably would have paid Classified another visit.

The Verdict: Very Good
Looking for quality coffee, wine and cheese or a nice western breakfast? We can definitely recommend Classified in Wan Chai, and if the other branches are of a similar quality then the good news is you're never too far from one in Hong Kong.

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