33 Café y Mu­cho Mas

HK Magazine - - DINING -

Colom­bian. 33 Haven St., Cause­way Bay, 9636-3371. You can stop whing­ing about there be­ing no good Mex­i­can food in Hong Kong— be­cause now you can get Colom­bian in­stead, at this lit­tle res­tau­rant tucked away at the back of CWB’s so-cool-right­now Haven Street.

HIT We went for a bit of ev­ery­thing, start­ing with the chichar­rones ($88): won­der­fully fla­vor­ful deep-fried nuggets of pork belly. It may not have been good for us, but it WAS very good. The stars of the meal were the var­i­ous arepas (from $48, or $128 for set of two with drink and side): small corn breads stuffed with a se­lec­tion of fill­ings. The bread it­self was su­perb: Rich in corn aroma, light but with a sat­is­fy­ing tex­ture on the teeth. Fill­ings didn’t dis­ap­point ei­ther, from a hefty “red beef” to a lighter av­o­cado, pesto and mush­room. We also or­dered the sig­na­ture Ban­deja 33 ($180 with drink and em­panada), which was a large plate stuffed full of good­ness: rice topped with a fried egg, plus stewed beans, av­o­cado, chorizo, grilled corn, more chichar­rones and mini arepas. While de­li­cious, it didn’t quite have the draw of the arepas them­selves.

MISS A chicken sofrito em­panada was crispy and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing gar­licky mayo sauce was great, but the fill­ing was a lit­tle lack­lus­ter. Given the small size of the space, the kitchen is hardly light­ning fast—we waited quite some time for a few of the dishes.

BOT­TOM LINE “33 Café y Mu­cho Mas” means “33 Café and more”— and this Colom­bian res­tau­rant cer­tainly de­liv­ers much more than your av­er­age south-of-the-bor­der eats.

Open Wed-Sun noon-10pm. $$

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