Whenever I stay in the Tsim Sha Tsui area, I usually take little notice of the YMCA building; although I am aware of its presence. Coming from the Peninsula, on my way to the star ferry terminal, I passed by the Y and made a sudden decision to make a quick trip first to Peking Road. That was when I noticed the exterior entrance to the cafe, along Kowloon Park Drive (see photo); and made a quick scan of the menu displayed by the entrance. The set meals and their prices quickly got my attention (check photo); and I decided to have dinner.
The interior was soothing and warm. The staff was friendly, and I was promptly ushered to a vacant table. I chose the duck set meal that night, and while my main course was being prepared, I made my way to the soup and salad bar. There were two choices of soup that night; and I chose the pork ribs and vegetable soup. The different ingredients and dressings at the salad section was more than enough to make as many variations as your imagination allowed. I had a very satisfying meal with just the very tasty and hearty soup, and my salad. The price of the set meal for dinner allowed for free helpings for salad and soup; as much as you want.
When my duck arrived, I was happy with my choice (see photo). The portion was big; I was actually sorry to have eaten a heavy serving of the salad and the soup. The duck was moist and tender. The vegetable sidings were very good. The sauce was thick, but a bit too subtle for my taste; I craved more salt, which was on hand. Nontheless, even after the heavy meal of salad and soup, I was able to demolish my main course. I was very sated and happy.
I don't know why the cafe wasn't crowded. The meal, and the ambience made it feel like I was eating in a fine dining restaurant of a four star hotel; and not the Y. I had a great, satisfying dinner, with all the salad and soup I could want; all for less than US$20.
This cafe is worthy of being listed in any good restaurant guide.
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