In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Mongkok, you can seldom find quality coffee shops – either because of tight space, because they are filled with noisy chatter and obnoxious laughter or because they serve poor-quality food that comes with a hefty price tag.
In its white and minimalist interior, Pause It strives to create a warm and inviting space for customers to enjoy their coffee, leaving guests feeling content and refreshed.
Instead of an English muffin for the eggs Florentine, underneath the poached egg was a slice of perfectly toasted bread. The homemade hollandaise sauce was brûléed to elevate the flavours. It was a pleasant surprise to find the hollandaise sauce tasting as creamy and lemony as it should be, but not too buttery to the point where the dish becomes too fatty. The spinach was seasoned well – I just wish there had been more!
The risotto has a nice balance of creaminess and flavour. A lot of times, risottos are either too heavy or too watery. Italians describe a properly cooked risotto as all’onda (wave-like), meaning that the risotto has a creamy, almost porridge-like consistency, but the individual grains are slightly firm with a discernible texture. I would not say that this is the best risotto out there, but this version did tick all the right boxes for a satisfying meal.
From a taste perspective, I am mind-blown by how well charcoal complements coffee. I have always been sceptical about beverages with striking colours, as often they only serve as marketing tools. But Pause It offers a charcoal latte that has both the taste and the look. The bitter taste of the charcoal did not overwhelm the coffee notes. I do recommend the charcoal latte over the taro latte, as the latter tasted more like hot milk.
84 Shantung Street, Mongkok, 2348 2138
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