So, where’s this so-called whole new world? Let me bring you to Hit the Road, located on the 15th floor of Capital Commercial Building in Causeway Bay. The café opened its doors in 2010, but due to the strange gravitational force of the planets’ alignments, the little eatery conveniently decided to be closed every time I’d tried to visit. Eventually, I stopped trying, concluding that it was just not meant to be.
With the introduction of social media, I began following Hit the Road’s Instagram account and noticed that they had churned out new opening hours in April. They are now open every day for lunch, tea and dinner, and are closed on Mondays and public holidays. Watch out for the weekend crowd, though, because the immensely cute interior architecture makes it a highly popular place for Hong Kongers of any age to chill!
The Instagram husband and I visited Hit the Road on a Tuesday to sample their food and to get some computer work done, making sure to skip the lunchtime rush. As it was a weekday afternoon, the café was quiet with only two other customers apart from us. It was perfect. A room free of chatty girls indulging in their midweek gossip was exactly what we’d been hoping to find. Plus, the empty café meant I could take shameless pretty pictures without holding back. 😉
What’s impressive about Hit the Road’s interior architecture is how the owners have taken great care to design and decorate it to resemble a flat, two-dimensional world. The combination of white walls and black furniture creates a minimal design, and all the edges of the walls are carefully painted with a black outline to make the room pop. As soon as visitors open the doors into Hit the Road Café, they step into a completely new world. A world like the one in the Alice in the Wonderland movie à la Tim Burton.
Monochrome knick-knacks are decked all over the café, with each tidbit seemingly chosen at random to be slotted in every gap and trench visible. The only similarity between each piece of decor is their cartoon-like appearances to emphasise the two-dimensionality of Hit the Road. Random, yes, but I wouldn’t say that the decor is unorganised. There is a sense of coordination and it all works together very well.
One downside to skipping the lunchtime rush is that lunch sets are understandably not offered after a certain hour, but I didn’t mind sacrificing a few more dollars for a calmer eating environment. Hit the Road offers something for everyone on their à la carte menu. Full meals of pastas and sandwiches are up for choice, as well as lighter bites like salads, cakes and pastries.
Both the Instagram husband and I decided on salads as we weren’t too hungry. He had a Honey Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad and I had an It’s Falling Salad. The chicken salad was dressed with a delicious homemade dressing that had a hint of honey, which gave a tinge of sweetness to the otherwise traditional dressing. Thumbs up from the Instagram husband. My salad was a similar sweet dish of red cabbage slaw mixed in with sugar-roasted carrot, sweet potato and poached pear. It tasted more like dessert than a savoury meal, but I wasn’t complaining about the new combination to my palate. It was delicious.
Overall, I loved Hit the Road and I’m glad to have finally visited. The two women running the eatery were friendly and refilled my water duly whenever I asked every ten minutes (sorry, I’m a camel). And because I came during a weekday afternoon, I even almost had the whole café to myself, and both the Instagram husband and I enjoyed the chill ambience that came with the emptiness. One minor blip, though, would be the slightly unstable wifi that goes through bouts of slowness. But I suppose that can be excused because the cute interior makes up for it. If you’re in the Causeway Bay area, make sure to give Hit the Road a try!
Hit the Road
15/F, Capital Commercial Building, 26 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
+852 2882 9522
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