Shop 201-206, 2/F, Causeway Place, 2-10 Great George Street, Causeway Bay HK
When the craving for dessert hits, look no further than local family run cafe, HeSheEat. Satisfying those with a sweet tooth on both sides of the harbour, HeSheEat was the talk of the town when it first opened in Mong Kok in 2014. Expanding to a second location in Causeway Bay just one year later and extending its menu to include both savoury and sweet delights, HeSheEat continues to surprise and delight.
A chic minimalist haven, HeSheEat was founded by the three Lam brothers, Wai, Ken and Max. Wai is the culinary director, bringing to the table years of experience working in Michelin-starred kitchens including Hong Kong’s L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, as well as Melbourne’s renowned Vue de Monde. Inspiration from Wai’s travels is evident, from the friendly cafe vibe to the complex yet well-balanced flavours in the Western-oriented desserts.
The trendy cafe draws in everyone from university students popping in for a study break, to groups of friends looking for the perfect Instagram shot, with its cute décor and eye-catching presentations. Whether you’re seated downstairs near the open cake display or upstairs in the more private alcove, the vibe is buzzy and infectious, crowded with millennials chatting and snapping away.
Often, the subject of their shots is the kitchen’s piece de resistance: the salted caramel hotcake, a masterful creation that continues to make the rounds on social media. If you’re ordering the signature creation, make sure you arrive hungry – the generous serving resembles a more traditional cake rather than a brunch offering.
Pierce the golden top with your fork so that as you pour over the decadent salted caramel sauce and maple syrup, the flavours soak into the very centre. Scoop it up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an icy-hot mouthful.
Other desserts are just as visually captivating, from the delicate blueberry cheesecake paired with a cloud of cheesecake foam, to the yoghurt panna cotta, built like a terrarium inside a glass with layers of mixed fruit, panna cotta and yoghurt sorbet.
While dessert is clearly the main attraction, a well rounded savoury selection makes HeSheEat a worthy stop for breakfast or lunch. The menu features lighter options such as crabmeat and avocado salad, and roasted Angus beef salad as well as guiltier indulgences such as barbecue pork ribs and deep-fried mushrooms sprinkled with parmesan cheese.
Drinks, meanwhile, are a category worth exploring on their own: there’s a frothy toffee coffee frappucino, or a chestnut milkshake – served in a mason jar with a straw and a spoon to devour the thick, nutty concoction. If you’re a coffee purist, enjoy a latte or espresso and explore the flavours of beans from Guatemala and Brazil.
Whether you’re popping by to boost your sugar levels or your Instagram following, HeSheEat is a welcome paradise in the heart of the city’s hustle and bustle. Offering something sweet for all, this reputable cafe is without a doubt here to stay.