After a quick lunch at Coffee Jobs, we detoured to Sham Shui Po to go to Be Tabula Rasa Studio, a little dried-flower workshop cum café. It’s definitely a hidden oasis in the busy streets, and if it hadn’t gained fame on social media no one would stumble across it with its location in one of the upstairs room of a sketchy, crumbling building. It was such a chill flowery environment, with three fat cats roaming around at their own freewill and the cutest sleeping hedgehog ever! Be Tabula Rasa Studio serves snacks which you don’t even have to pay for (but of course everyone just makes a little donation) but we just had a drink. We couldn’t spend much time there though cos around 6PM we had to catch Deadpool back in Admiralty!
I’d only been to vegetarian eatery OVOCafé Wan Chai once before this and it was a year ago, on the first day of 2015. Since then, another OVOCafé has sprung up in Central serving slightly different food. I haven’t been to the newer branch yet, but my research (and trust me, I do intensive research on restaurants and cafés before I actually check them out myself) tells me that it’s more restaurant-like… you know, serving lunch sets in a slightly more formal setting. Both OVOCafés are, like their namesake, cafés, but the OVOCafé Wan Chai branch is more casual.
Anyway, I couldn’t think of where to have tea one lazy afternoon, so I brought my Dad to the floral oasis in Old Wanchai Market. You absolutely cannot miss OVOCafé Wan Chai if you’re a flower lover. Since they focus on vegetables, I thought my Dad would eat healthier (he chooses the worst foods!) but he ordered a waffle with ice cream… yeah.
Judging from photos, OVOCafé Wan Chai definitely beats the Central branch if you’re more into an organic setting. It’s understandable, since the new branch is more high-end and is an actual restaurant with service. Although I haven’t been to OVOCafé Central yet, I already know I’d prefer OVOCafé Wan Chai in terms of interior architecture (and price, haha). It reflects nature in a truer way and the ambiance is more chilled out with it being a self-serve café.
OVOCafé Wan Chai shares a space with OVOHome next door, an interior and furniture store by the same group, so you’ll find little potted plants for sale right inside the café. It adds a natural green ambiance to the whole area. In fact, it’s basically all you’ll see – green and wood. It really felt like I was in a forest both times I’d been there.
Between the two of us, Dad and I ordered a Baby Spinach and Apple Salad in Granola Yoghurt and an Apple and Cinnamon Waffle (Half). You can probably guess who ate what, since Dad hates greens and I don’t like dairy. After I ordered my salad, I realised I should’ve told the staff to serve my yoghurt on the side instead of leaving it out altogether. Oops, that’s pretty much HKD$78 down the drain. Otherwise, I would say the salad is quite a good deal, stuffed with apple slices, cherry tomatoes, dried apricots, raisins and pine nuts on a bed of baby spinach. The waffle though, not so much. Even with some maple syrup it didn’t taste great and was quite expensive at HKD$55 for a half portion.
I mean, I’d been to OVOCafé Wan Chai once before, and my return basically means that I like the place. I could easily spend one whole afternoon there if I wasn’t such a workaholic and in an itch to get everything on my to-do list done. Though I like OVOCafé Wan Chai because of the interior, their food isn’t bad. They serve lunch, tea and dinner sets and of course their menu comprises of more than just salads and desserts. They have mains and all day breakfasts too. But in case you forgot, it’s all vegetarian, so don’t come here hoping for a slab of steak – and expect small portions!