Given there are a lot of cool cafés popping up around the Western District (including Artisan Room, LIFETASTIC and ethos), this area is slowly becoming the new 'hood for us to hang out and escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Hidden away on an obscure street in Shek Tong Tsui is Artisan Garden Cafe, the owner's second opening after the first in Tin Hau. It consists of an outdoor patio and a cosy indoor space featuring a wall of Fire-King mugs. With its relaxing vibe, this café offers plentiful food options such as salads, all-day breakfast, sandwiches and pasta dishes.
Fire-King antique mugs
A menu highlight is the buttermilk fried chicken waffle. The buttermilk marinade keeps the chicken thigh well seasoned, juicy and crunchy.
The grilled cheese sandwich is made with two thick pieces of golden brown toast stuffed with ooey-gooey double Cheddar cheese and sliced avocado. It is ever so slightly too filling but definitely worth a try.
Buttermilk fried chicken waffle: crispy fried chicken with waffle and honey syrup
Grilled avocado and cheese sandwich: double Cheddar cheese with avocado and tomato
We've tasted so many great burgers in town, so what's so special about a burger from a non-burger joint? Artisan’s burger is unexpectedly delicious. It surprised us with a succulent beef patty topped with everything from crispy bacon and fried egg to avocado and caramelised onion. The side-order thick-cut fries came with aioli and ketchup.
Cheeseburger with mesclun, caramelised onion, Cheddar cheese, bacon, fried egg and avocado
The strawberry waffle sandwich was the perfect finish: a scoop of real vanilla ice cream – made with Madagascan vanilla beans and natural ingredients by Milk Top from Hokkaido – homemade strawberry compote and tangy plain yoghurt to balance the sweetness.
Strawberry waffle sandwich: classic waffle with vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries, strawberry compote and yoghurt
While they do a lovely fresh lemonade squash, the Australian-style coffee shop also pays detailed attention to their coffees. From the signature caffè americano, to French-press cafe au lait, to cold-drip coffee, every style of coffee is represented. The flat white we tried was impressive.
Passion fruit and lemonade squash
23 Po Tuck Street, Shek Tong Tsui, 2548 3261