As with many great restaurants in the 852, this one is found hidden inside an innocuous office tower, where you‘ll only find it if you know it‘s in there. Using their walk-in café and event space to bring African teas, coffees and cuisine to Hong Kong with an ethos driven by equality, sustainability and supporting women working within the production process, ACT‘s mission is to produce premium single-origin products in an ethical and community-edifying manner. This spirit shines through in everything from the framed images of the farms they work with down to the friendly staff. And the result is a beautiful thing.
With views overlooking the busy harbour, the vibrancy of the bright café offers tranquility and inspiration from every corner. The large private room is both elegant and eclectic, decorated with djembe drums, giant bags of coffee beans and colourful African artwork.
ACT sells its coffees and teas for purchase to brew at home or on their menu of beverages, with all the regular latte and espresso options and pour-over coffee from Ethiopia. They also have a host of natural beverages, from coconut water to sparkling raspberry and sparkling natural cola.
As for the food, if you are already a fan of Helina Tesega‘s private kitchen, Eat Ethio, you won‘t need to be converted to the cuisine and will happily make the journey to Wong Chuk Hang to experience the authentic menu at ACT.
You‘ll find items such as Ethiopian beef stew (doro) with injera, South African chicken drumettes, stir-fried tofu with Ethiopian Berbere spice and baked chicken thigh with coconut rice and veggies. Their all-day breakfast option, the rolex – not a luxury watch as they helpfully pointed out – is actually our fave for lunch. This is a light meal that hails from Uganda featuring a rolled-up chapati filled with scrambled egg, veg and other options. They offer several beef, chicken and veggie choices that come with a side salad and a signature dip, and you can have them to dine in or take away in recyclable packaging.
This lovely café also serves the hard stuff if you want to visit later in the day, with a fine happy hour offering that sees a glass of house red or white wine go for a paltry $50.They have a South African craft beer and “Friends of Africa” beer on the menu, as well as G&Ts, espresso martinis and a wine and cheese set. Oh, and some very pretty desserts.
In case we weren’t clear, we recommend a visit!
Suite 1501–1504, 41 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, 2180 7536
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