The concept of a café is never alien in many cultures. A latte or a cappuccino was not invented in Hong Kong. The perfectly baked cherry bun or croissant is not new to the world. But are all of these things good at the Pantry, Bread and Pastries? Most definitely yes.
Every time I visit Hong Kong, a trip down to Pantry is mandatory. Situated at Towning Mansions, the café isn’t exactly a local hang out, nor is it exactly a tourist trap. It just is. The Pantry may linger in this liminal catagorisation, but its inviting interior and fine selection of cakes and pastries welcome you.
The Pantry’s latte and cappuccino were made just the way I like it. I’m unsure of the roast or origin of the bean, but the process does my coffee justice. There wasn’t too much milk to clag the taste buds and the espresso shot(s) were never acidic with enough body for the right caffeine hit.
I’m always there in the afternoons and never deviate from ordering an accompanying cherry bun or croissant with my coffee. It has a slight crisp on the outside while the bread inside is beautifully soft and stuffed with whole juicy black cherries. This cherry bun has truly become a component in my prisoner’s last meal scenario.
You stare upwards into the grittier, but still exorbitant Hong Kong high rise residences and ponder its stark juxtaposition. Gazing to the side, the titan fashion houses in the surroundings with immaculate lighting and visual merchandising sitting amid the ground floors mock the less swanky walls of the apartments above. A lift creaks open, but the sound quickly disappears just as the shiny silver gate closes and an entrance into another world vanishes.
How could I have spent my afternoons otherwise?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.