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Hong Kong budget eats

Restaurant review: Tom N Toms Coffee in Sha Tin – a Korean take on Starbucks

Six types of super-thick toast, pretzels, pizza and a good array of beverages make Tom N Toms’ first foray into Hong Kong a real treat

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 June, 2016, 11:01am
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 June, 2016, 11:00am

In keeping with the craze for all things Korean, a Korean version of Starbucks has set up shop in Hong Kong.

Started in 2001, Tom N Toms Coffee has 400 outlets in Korea and is among the top three coffee brands in that country. With 200 overseas outlets, their shop in Sha Tin is their first Hong Kong venture.

Their trademark dish is super-thick toast. Five-centimetre thick and cut into cubes, there are six types of toast on offer.

We like the choco butter bread (HK$55) that comes with a small mound of cream. The exterior of the toast is crisp and the chocolate sauce oozes into the mouth.

Another must-try is honey cheese bread (HK$55). There’s cheese on the surface as well as inside, and combined with the honey, the flavours are an intriguing: deliciously salty and sweet.

Garlic butter bread (HK$45) is strongly flavoured and appetising.

They also serve pretzels and pizza. Tortilla pizza (HK$50) is a thin, crisp flatbread filled with chicken cubes, corn and tomato sauce that tastes sweet and sour.

We like the caramel macchiato (HK$36), the surface of which is covered with plenty of caramel which goes well with the balanced amount of coffee and milk. For smoothies, we like the plain yogurt version (HK$32) that tastes like the sweet and sour Yakult.

Tom N Toms Coffee, Shop 158, 1/F, New Town Plaza Phase 1, 18 Sha Tin Centre Street, Sha Tin, tel: 2813 2331. Open: 8.30am-10pm