Hong Kong Eats: Capital Café, Wan Chai

A few Hong Kong bloggers whom we met recently at the inaugural OpenRice Bloggers Luncheon introduced us to Capital Cafe (華星冰室) in Wan Chai (灣仔) when we asked for recommendations for brunch on our last day in the city. ‘Better scrambled eggs and much better service’ were their exact words as they tried to dissuade us from going to the highly raved Australian Dairy Company (one of the legendary Hong Kong Cha Chaan Tengs (茶餐廳) famous for their eggs and toast, ham and macaroni, steamed milk puddings and the usual suspects) and convince us to try Capital Cafe instead. ‘Trust us. It’s really good!‘ they said. And so we did.

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Taking the MTR to Wan Chai and exiting at A4, our map and instincts brought us for a ten minute walk down Hennessy Rd before we turned into a little lane (Heard St) and found this Hong Kong diner. The place was not empty but neither was it insanely crowded and we were quickly ushered to a table without much of a waiting time. With walls decked with multiple signatures and posters of Cantopop singers (word has it that one of the owners was the former manager of Capital Records- thus explaining where the name of the cafe was derived from) and a floor made up of black and white tiles, the retro setting made it hard to not feel nostalgic.

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We spent about 5 minutes trying to figure out the 繁体字 (characters) on the Chinese menu before one of the guys picked up on our struggle and instantly handed over an English menu to us with a chuckle. Scanning through the concise menu with items that most Cha Chaan Tengs serve, we settled for a Breakfast Set (早餐) HKD$30– extremely affordable for a combination of Macaroni with Ham (火腿通粉), Fried Eggs (西煎雙蛋), Toast (奶油多士) and Coffee/Tea (咖啡/茶), adding on a Condensed Milk and Peanut Butter Toast (奶酱多士) HKD$8, a French Toast (西多士) HKD$19 and an indulgent Scrambled Eggs with Black Truffle (黑松露炒蛋) HKD$37 as well.

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Popping outside for a bit to snap a couple of shots, the food was already all on the table by the time we returned. Fast and efficient. Even requests of extra cutlery and plates were met with a smile. I was impressed even before I started my meal.

And once we did, there were absolutely no more reservations. Our verdict? Best scrambled eggs we ever had. Though I was in no position to judge and compare, my friend who had been to Australian Dairy Company reached the same consensus as I did. Perhaps the swift and friendly service right from the start had already won us over. Nonetheless, that simple dish of eggs and toast was both outstanding and divine. You have not had scrambled eggs until you have eaten the ones at Capital Cafe that simply ooze with creaminess. I loved mine plain but the others found it hard to resist the black truffle variation.

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The Condensed Milk and Peanut Butter Toast was a delectable treat, sticky and sweet in a good way, especially when matched with the trademark thick toast and while we thought the Macaroni with Ham tasted quite ordinary, we noticed that every other table was happily slurping up their bowl of macaroni soup.

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Anyhow the meal ended on a great note, with nobody rushing us out of our seats and people actually thanking us cheerfully as we were leaving the place. And we forgot to mention how clean, bright and airy Capital Cafe was- though slightly out of character for a Cha Chaan Teng (茶餐廳), it is a deviation we wholeheartedly embrace.

For more food in Hong Kong, do check out my list of 10 Places To Eat in Hong Kong

Shop B1, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building
6 Heard Street, Wan Chai

Opening hrs:
0700- 2300 daily

Hong Kong

5 Responses to Hong Kong Eats: Capital Café, Wan Chai

  1. […] alternative place to Australian Dairy is Capital Cafe – similar menu with more personal space and much better […]

  2. I am going to try both Australian and Capital and tell u how! Haha

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