33 Café y Mucho Mas
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. $$