Cafe de Coral

Address: 2 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, China
Telephone: 2369 1210

- Budget

3.6

Chinese food, served in seconds, clean surrounds and all for a few dollars.

Cafe de Coral (the Chinese name is "Big Happy Family") is a chain of restaurants found all over Hong Kong, but deserves inclusion here for its excellent standards and prices that belie Hong Kong's reputation for being an expensive city. 

Food and drink
3.5
90%
Service
3.2
90%
Food and drink
3.5
90%
Value for money
4.9
90%
Ambience
2.7
90%
Location
3.3
90%

Food and drink

The food is essentially Chinese, though there are some dishes like spaghetti bolognese, with rice instead of spaghetti. Alcohol is not served, but staff will turn a blind eye if you BYO, and there is a range of mocktails. 

Recommended dishes

I'm writing this about 12 hours after having barbecued pork and rice, with the green vegetable called choi sum and a green onion sauce at the Cafe de Coral in Granville Road. If there was an audio application here, you could hear me smacking my lips.

Ambience

You get all sorts in here - construction workers, office clerks, old folks in for breakfast after a morning tai chi session, students; non Chinese are a rarity. There is plenty of mirrors, bright lights, and seating that is comfortable but not so that you'd want to spend the afternoon here. 

Service

Service is DIY, though waitresses clear away the plates and clean the tables. Menus are displayed on the wall in English and Chinese - you pay first at the till by the door, then flourish your receipt at the kitchen counter.

Location

I have yet to find anywhere in the built-up areas of Hong Kong that doesn't have an outlet.

Price advice

My wife and I generally eat for a total cost of less than HK$60, which converts to just over £2 a head. Octopus cards are accepted.

Tables to book

Booking is not feasible, but I'd suggest avoiding any tables right underneath an aircon outlet. It's quite acceptable to sit down at a table that's already occupied if there are spare seats. 

Branches

There are branches all over Hong Kong - see the website for details.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with younger children
  • People watching
  • No fuss

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