Omotesando Koffee is an extremely popular and well-known coffee shop in Japan. Despite being Tokyo’s favourite coffee shop, the shop had to close down back in December 2015. But very soon after, owner Eiichi Kunitomo managed to re-establish the business and, very shortly after, he’s also branched out internationally and opened a shop in Hong Kong. You can find Omotesando Koffee Hong Kong at the Lee Tung Avenue in Wan Chai, which is a newly redesigned free-lined pedestrian walkway. The shop has a very minimalistic wooden setting and has a very chilled out atmosphere with plenty of seating at the back.
Omotesando Koffee: All About the Barista
Omotesando Koffee puts all its emphasis on the barista when it comes to brewing the perfect coffee. Quoting the man himself:
“Roasters search for good beans from good places, and baristas look for good roasters over the world. After that, it’s the professional barista’s aim and job to use the beans to maximise their flavour, see which type of beans, flavour and brew the customer likes, and then go from there”Kunitomo
After making your order at the counter downstairs, you take your receipt upstairs to the barista. It is an open lab-like coffee station, where you can see every single step the barista does to make your coffee. From the grinding, the setting, the drip of the espresso, the milk steaming, to the delicate pour of the drink – you wouldn’t miss a single detail. To add a more professional look, all baristas wear a lab coat too!
The Food & Coffee
Year of visit: 2018
Full of anticipation, I took a sip on my coffee. The coffee wasn’t too bitter and in overall very delightful. A sweet piquant sensation hits your palate upon each sip and the intensity of the coffee was just right to my preference. Texture-wise, it’s very smooth, rich and velvety to taste as well.
Egg Sandwich (HKD$58)
These egg sandwiches are probably the most neatly cut sandwiches in the world. They are very neatly presented in a box, with the thickness of each piece of bread and the egg pretty much identical. The egg was super smooth and almost silky as if it were a pudding. As expected in Japanese eggs, there’s a hint of sweetness in it.
Initially, all have been very pleasant. Until a pungent wasabi-like and mustardy taste kicked in. It definitely took me off guard there. Thankfully, it was relatively subtle so I just quickly scoffed it and washed it down with water. If you love mustard/wasabi, this might just hit the spot. I think the sandwich is a pretty interesting one and worth a try if you don’t mind the price which I find to be on the pricier end. But heads up there’s a touch of mustard in it.
While I absolutely loved the latte, unfortunately, I wasn’t a huge fan of this one. The matcha wasn’t blended smooth enough in my opinion and it tasted a tad bit too overwhelming either. There was an immense rush of matcha bitterness. As opposed to the smooth velvety latte, this one has a more ashy texture which I didn’t appreciate much. I do have a lot of trust in the quality Omotesando Koffee offers so I guess this one just didn’t suit my palate.
All in all, I enjoyed Omotesando Koffee quite a lot and definitely consider it a top coffee spot. I really liked the concept of the place and admired its style. What I liked most though is the passion and drive behind the shop, which you can clearly tell from both the people and their drinks. Despite having certain items not entirely my cup of tea, one thing that’s undeniable is that the shop serves up quality coffee – and that’s the most important bit in my opinion.
Quality coffee with unique concept, featuring an open space to observe the whole coffee making process.
Nearest station: Wan Chai