Public housing estates are an integral part of Hong Kong life, and the owners of Cafe Loft in Causeway Bay have put this to good use. They grew up in them and have used bits and pieces from their youth to create the decor for their shop, using publications, furniture and even old toys handed down to them. The cafe, which was opened about two months ago, serves coffee, herbal and fruit tea, fresh-fruit sodas and frosties. Patrons can also choose a menu offering salad, snacks, pastas and desserts. Cafe Loft 1/F, Po Ming Building, 2-6 Foo Ming Street, Causeway Bay Tel: 2882 7278 Opening hours: 3pm to midnight (Monday to Thursday) and 3pm to 2am (Friday to Sunday) 1. Mint-mocha ($36) Rating: 4/5 YP: It looks really impressive with several different coloured layers. The mint, chocolate and coffee flavours have a good balance. 2. Pasta with seafood and tomato sauce ($40) Rating: 3.5/5 YP: The sauce is good and has a slight chilli flavour, but the seafood does not have much taste. 3. Affogato (vanilla ice cream with espresso topping) ($28) Rating: 3.5/5 YP: The ice cream is smooth. You can add as much espresso as you like to the ice cream, which is an interesting idea. 4. Crostini with tuna in white sauce (four pieces) ($28) Rating: 4/5 YP: The tuna topping is tasty and the toast is crispy. 5. Creme brulee ($22) Rating: 3/5 YP: This cold creme bru lee is a bit too sweet. 6. Pineapple and grapefruit frostie ($38) Rating: 4/5 YP: It tastes like Sugas pineapple-flavour candy. Its flavour will stay in your mouth for some time. Overall rating: 3.5/5 YP: The sofas are really comfortable and the room has plenty of light. The atmosphere is relaxed and the unique decor is fun. However, the ventilation is poor and when people smoke everyone has to put with the smell.