If you fancy a spot of fusion food before boarding then you can’t go wrong with Le Grand Pokka Café, the more high-end offering from the Japanese-style café restaurant chain Pokka Café which has been serving Hongkongers for over twenty years.
Le Grand Pokka Café prides itself on serving top class specialty coffees together with a menu offering a wide selection of French, Italian and Japanese fusion cuisine. This one at the Departures Check-in Hall Mezzanine, Level 8 at Hong Kong International Airport is spacious, and with its luxurious decor and elegant design, it’s more akin to a cafe that you would find in a five-star hotel rather than an airport.
There’s plenty to choose from on the menu including vegetarian dishes, which is always a bonus for me. To kick off, my friend and I ordered Le Grand Super 10 Mixed Vegetable Salad. As the name suggests, it is a combo of ten different vegetables, including bell peppers, purple onion, broccoli and a medley of mushrooms, and of course it’s super healthy! The salad comes with a special grapefruit and onion dressing which has just the right balance of a little sweet plus a little sour, making it the perfect accompaniment to this dish.
For the main course, we plumped for the Assorted Mushroom Fettuccine in a Light Cream Sauce, and the Morel Mushroom Risotto with Black Truffle Sauce. Italian risotto is never an easy one to pull off. But this one was cooked to perfection having just the right creamy texture. As for the fettuccine, the pasta was cooked al dente, and the cream sauce was as it said on the menu light and not too heavy to overpower the succulent mushrooms.
Next came the dessert dilemma – we simply didn’t know what to pick as there are so many beautiful desserts on offer. We were guided by the waiter who suggested the popular Tiramisu Cubed Toast with Ice Cream. Be warned this dessert is big enough for two! The toast was crisp outside but soft inside, and not too sweet; it was just delightful.
And who could leave Pokka without ordering one of their specialty coffees? Although I’m not much of a coffee person, I had to try their Blue Mountain No.1 to see what all the fuss was about. Blue Mountain No.1 is Jamaica’s national treasure. It has a mild flavour which is not bitter and has a hint of sweetness which together with its silky smooth texture, make it a very pleasing drink indeed. No wonder it’s known as the “King of Coffee”. Le Grand Pokka Café also has the decadent Kopi Luwak on its menu – how could a coffee lover resist?!
07:00 – 23:00
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