When Lifetastic first opened, the Australian-style café enjoyed viral hype on social media for its cute interior and its signature watermelon rose cake, a product with roots in Sydney. Now, more than a year later with the boom of restaurant openings in the western district, café activity has finally calmed down. So it was on one cloudy Sunday morning, I decided to revisit Lifetastic for the third time and am happy to announce that it has greatly improved in many aspects.
On another note, I can’t believe it’s been four months since I’ve written a review of a café. The last café I wrote about was Knead back in December. Aren’t you glad I’m finally back to the world of eating and exploring cute corner shops? (Please say yes)
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The star ornamentation of Lifetastic is its mural wall of animals next to the café’s entrance. The painting, with its cheery colours and quirky illustrations, pays homage to Lifetastic’s name and reenacts its concept of having a work-life balance. The rest of the café’s interior follows this cutesy theme and is scattered with a myriad of trinkets, accompanied with numerous small pots of plants that add a sprinkle of freshness to the dining tables. Tell me, what’s not to like about Lifetastic’s joyous surroundings?
For the Instagrammers, the bar table facing outdoors has a much-coveted marble finishing. One scroll through social media confirms it’s the most popular spot for food flatlays. I joined the hype and kneeled atop the tall bar stools to take a decent picture of my food, watching from the corner of my eye a woman giving me strange looks while passing by outside. And #sorrynotsorry but I couldn’t help smirking when she tripped because she was too busy judging me. 🙂
The last time I visited Lifetastic, I had the Tofu Avocado Salad which came with a slab of soft tofu straight out of its packaging. The uncut block still had its Pak Fook logo imprinted on it. Really, Lifetastic, you couldn’t even take two seconds to slice off the telltale mark?
This time, I steered clear of the greens and went for the Mentaiko Pasta. Reasonably priced at HKD$138, it arrived coated with spicy cod roe and crab meat mixed in a cream sauce. The smell of the mentaiko and seaweed wafted out from the thick sauce, awakening my taste buds from the dead of the early morning. Alongside the beautiful latte art of my Flat White, the pasta was a pleasure to eat – the springy noodles soaked up the creamy sauce, which had the right amount of saltiness and contained mouthfuls of crabmeat. Lifetastic, you have improved indeed!
I previously swore I wouldn’t return to Lifetastic after a less-than-satisfying lunch, but I’m glad I stumbled inside again. I guess it’s true when they say “third time lucky”! Apart from the cold air-conditioning remaining unadjusted since my visit a year ago, everything else in the café seems to have improved – namely, the smaller crowds and most of all, the food. Do drop by if you’re looking for a quieter alternative to popular rising eateries in the area, and if you’re up for it, order yourself a slice of Lifetastic’s speciality – Hong Kong’s only watermelon rose cake!
31 Hill Road, Shek Tong Tsui, Hong Kong
+852 5243 9851
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