Room B1-B3, Dragon Rise, 9-11 Pennington Street,
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Don’t come here unless you have at least an extra hour just for lining up. I was lucky enough to be seated after lining up for 59 minutes, 11 seconds.
We went during lunchtime so I got to try their Loin Cheese Croissant Sandwich before ordering their waffles for dessert. I recommend trying some of the savory items on their menu as opposed to just ordering the waffles after lining up for so long. I also ordered the Oreo Smoothie, Ice Drip Coffee and the Strawberry Waffles.
Loin Cheese Croissant Sandwich:
Although I wished that their croissant was a bit flakier (my trip to Paris got me addicted to flakey croissants), the sandwich is one that I would recommend. Not only was it very appealing to the eyes, it was also appealing to my tummy. Most sandwiches only have a few slices of cheese inside but Coffee Alley also poured cheddar cheese sauce over the sandwich. It might be a little heavy for others but personally, I loved it.
I loved the Oreo Smoothie! I felt like Coffee Alley really made the drink to cater to the Asian population where people prefer their drinks not as sweet. I found the Oreo Smoothie the perfect amount of sweetness and the cookie/chocolate bits in the drink added a crunchy texture to the drink. I personally love a little bit of texture in my drinks, so this one is definitely recommended as well!
This waffle served with fresh strawberry, ice cream and a custard was not too much of a surprise for me. I thought the waffles were a little thick, which was a great value. You get a lot for the amount you paid for the waffles. First, I prefer Belgian Waffles and second, I did not like the scoop of custard served with the waffles. Since the waffles were already really thick and filling, I thought the custard was not something I would like to eat my waffles with. I did have to compliment Coffee Alley for serving it with fresh strawberries. From the pictures, I originally thought the strawberries were from a can and was pretty skeptical about the sauce. I’d say give the savory choices a chance before jumping straight into the waffles that everyone else seems to be raving about. It honestly is not that special and I wouldn’t line up for an hour just for the waffles.
Ice Drip Coffee:
I understand that the majority of the HK population likes to follow food trends but one thing I don’t understand is the Ice Drip Coffee. Perhaps I’m not a big coffee drinker so when I tried the Ice Drip Coffee, I didn’t detect too much of a difference from my regular iced coffee. I do want to find out whether this method of coffee-making gives it a specific taste!
I would wait for the line to die down a bit before going back to Coffee Alley. I definitely don’t think the waffles alone are worth the one-hour wait.
Joey Wong ♥