18 Grams

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am


18 Grams
G/F 15 Cannon Street
Causeway Bay
Tel: 2893 8988

Grub: Coffee shop with snacks.

Vibe: This is a tiny hole in the wall. There is room for about eight people seated - the waitress has to squeeze between you to serve the tables. If you're just stopping by to grab a coffee, there is a counter outside where you can stand and watch the world go by - weather permitting.

The decor has a pleasant, rustic farmhouse feel. A shelf along one wall holds a painted kettle, various jugs and, randomly, a balalaika. There is a magazine rack and a number of handwritten signs advertising the different coffees and other items that are not always on the printed menu.

Who to take: This is a young and trendy little place. Take your hipster friends and while away a couple of hours talking indie music and eco couture.

What's hot: It's not a large menu, but it is reasonably well thought out. The all-day breakfast includes a choice of gammon ham, pork sausage or bacon served with scrambled eggs, tomato and beans with a mixed salad, toast and butter. If that seems like a little too much, you could opt instead for scrambled eggs on toast with lumpfish black caviar.

Sandwiches are made using thick slices of focaccia. Two options are available, served with a small green salad: grilled duck breast and salami. The salami option was wonderful; the bread was lovely and fresh, and the salami was rich and flavoursome. Sadly there wasn't much salami - you can't help thinking that, for the price, they could've been a little more generous.

The salmon and cheese salad is less stingy. It is a combination of lettuce, tomato and rocket, with a tangy cheese dressing topped with strips of salmon. It would go down very nicely with selections from the bread basket.

There is a daily display of cakes and desserts, and also some tempting sweet treats on the menu. The homemade banana bread with organic honey is perhaps the best value item on the menu and the perfect foil for long black coffee.

What's not: This is a pleasant little nook, but a little more expensive than it should be. Because it's so small, it's not all that comfy for the long of limb.

Cost: All-day breakfast is HK$98, and almost everything else is HK$50-HK$70 (desserts HK$30-HK$40). Regular coffee is from HK$30, flavoured from HK$38.