I hope that I am not too late catching up on reviewing Honolulu Cafe – a well established Cafe in Hong Kong but relatively new in Singapore. Though I have been to Hong Kong quite a number of times, I have NEVER been into Honolulu Cafe which was situated along Henessy Road, Wan Chai. Ok, I am very bad with directions for places in the Hong Kong Island because I feel tastier and cheaper food are found mainly around Mongkok area… Yes, bias again but maybe the next Hong Kong Trip will change my mindset about Wan Chai.
According to Online reviews, Honolulu Cafe was well sought after by Hong Kong Celebrities such as Chow Yen Fatt, Maggie Cheung and Chinese Movie “Crossing Henessy” was shot at their main branch. If you are lucky, you might see your favorite movie stars there!
And yes, they had their first branch in Singapore – at Centrepoint! Apparently, they got their pastry chef from Hong Kong to do their signature Egg Tarts! That old man is nearly 80 years old and still going strong!
I am not sure why it was named Honolulu but the name does entice people to try their food.
Sign board says “since 1949”
My Ice milk Tea and Egg Tarts.
Frankly speaking, I do not drink Ice milk Tea but because of the extreme hot weather we have over the last weekend, I give in to the huge temptation. To my satisfaction, the milk tea was as smooth as the ones I had in Hong Kong! However, I would very much like to have the Hot one because it is much less sweet and you can get to add in your own amount of sugar.
These Egg Tarts are not the usual ones that you have in the bakery stalls nor they look like the Portuguese Egg tarts. These are real fluff and nice without too sweet in the milk custard. To think that my picky father ate 2 of these, they must be real good to begin with. I will come back for this!
Customers are not allow to buy these egg tarts as takeaway through walk in . Each dine in customer is entitled to only 3 tarts per purchase. However, you can takeaway if you are unable to finish. They will provide you with the box but the folding of the box, pls self service!
Seriously, I wouldn’t understand why people will pay $7 – $8 outside eating instant noodle and egg. But this dish as changed my perception totally! Only cost $5.5o, they served you cabbage, carrots and 2 eggs to go along with. Most places only provide 1 egg. The soup doesn’t taste instant at all and in fact it taste like brew soup.
Soy Braised Chicken Wings
This dish is nice however I will not reorder this because I felt that my mom makes better Chicken Wings.
I nearly wanted to ask the waitress where are all the utensils when my sister told me that they are all underneath the table. It was neatly arranged and I really think this is a better idea than leaving them out.
Almost all the table will have this French Toast. Enough Sin I know.. but this was very hard to resist. They coated the bread in nice egg mixture which doesn’t give too oily feel after eating. However, I think this dish can do without ordering if you come more than once.
My personal feedback is the food that Honolulu Cafe brings really create a whole level of heightening the level of Hong Kong Cafe. Although they dun have 6-7 pages of menu, they were quite determined to make their food last in our mind. I secretly hope they will not expand because usually the food level will drop.
But Be prepared to wait for 30 mins as there are many patrons.
I will return.
*P.S. My Sister chatted with the cashier lady and found out that they brought their oven from Hong Kong so that authenticity of their food can still be loved by the people here. It is like some food must have Wok Hei feels..