After doing an interview for HK Magazine early in the morning, I joined up with my Dad and we made our way over to the rooftop of Central Pier No. 8 to have lunch at Café 8. The café is a collaboration between the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and The Nesbitt Centre – but not just any collaboration, it’s a social enterprise that provides employment opportunities for the people with learning disabilities.
Apart from allowing members of the society with special needs to interact with the community, Café 8 is also super beautiful. I found out about it by chance the night before – yep, less than 24 hours before I visited. It hasn’t got a location tag on Instagram, thank God, which means that it isn’t booming with silly food bloggers. It’s everything that I’ve ever dreamed of… white and blue. Like Santorini. Nearly died of happiness.
But I don’t need to say so much. The pictures you’re about to see basically speak for themselves.
Are you a certified #whiteaddict like me? Then you’ll truly spazz (for the better lack of word) over the high ceilings and dangling lantern lights in Café 8. It’s a princess’ heaven, but the customers, as you can see, aren’t teenage girls like me trying to have an unofficial photoshoot there with her Dad (God, that sounds so sad when I put it on
No, Café 8 was swarming with expats just chilling even on a weekday past lunch time. I can see how appropriate the place would be for work and meetings. Impressive, too. Like y’know, show my clients I’m giving a little somethin’-somethin’ back to the community.
Unfortunately, I only have one photo to show you guys of the food Dad and I had. The prices for all their dishes are reasonable and they had lunch sets, but both of us settled for Café 8’s tea offerings because we weren’t especially hungry.
I had a Scottish Smoked Salmon Salad and was impressed with the portion with it being $75. It’s not cheap per say, but Hong Kong eateries are pretty stingy with their greens. Café 8’s salad even came with a boiled egg! My Dad, to my delight, settled for something light too – goodness knows he needs to eat healthier with that belly of his! He chose a Open-Faced Scottish Smoked Salmon Multigrain Baguette, served with cream cheese tomatoes and rocket leaves. Of course, the food is rather simple, so nothing can really go wrong taste-wise.
The service was flawless, they got my order right, and most of all, the setting was so beautiful that it trumped any cafés I had ever been to. That I can think of now, of course. Café 8, I will definitely be back, and I am going to make sure I don’t tell anyone about this little gem! *proceeds to spam photos on Instagram*
Roof, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Pier 8, Central, Hong Kong
+852 3791 2158
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