With new restaurants and cafes popping up on each turn of its streets, Hong Kong is a city eternally fuelled with budding businesses and buzzing energy. With its limited space and towering rent, there is only a modicum of artistic getaways in the city that stays true to its artisanal roots.  This week, I discovered a true gem in the blossoming district of Sai Ying Pun: COBO HOUSE & Artisan Room.

Juxtaposed each other on South Lane,  COBO HOUSE, by 2am dessertbar, is a new restaurant in collaboration with two-times award-winning pastry chef Janice Wong.  Next to it is the tasteful Artisan Room, with the first and only groundbreaking Dutch-style slow-drip cold brewer (Gothicism) in Hong Kong, distilling coffee in cold temperature for its refined taste.

 

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Take a short break from the bustling city in the open padio with breathing space and greeneries

 

 

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Landscape artpiece by Lui Chun Kwong set in a decor of tasteful minimalism

 

 

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The beautiful Makil mustard yellow chair, Cutipol tableware and paper-friendly iPad menu

 

 

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Macchiato Latte with organic almond milk, served on one of the most beautiful chrome pieces hand-made by Master So (蘇廣偉師傅)

 

 

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The Kimchi Fried Chicken with lovely home grown herbs

 

 

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Inspired by the dried seafood shops around the area, culinary consultant Janice Wong designed a special dish, Tapioca Crackers, to commemorate our Hong Kong tradition

 

 

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And what a sight of culinary beauty

 

 

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Coco with a splash: Chocolate H2O plated on Janice’s Water Series ceramics

 

 

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The Berry Purple dish that looks just like a piece of edible art

 

 

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This wall of mint green also happens to be the only place in Hong Kong where you can get the Papis Loveday Champagne

 

 

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Custom-made lighting fixtures by designer Max Lam, inspired by the tramways of Hong Kong

 

 

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In Artisan Room is a hand-drawn wall art by Hong Kong artist Margaret Chu that took four full days to complete in shop

 

 

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Artistic white brick stairway with lighting by Italy leading up to the exhibition room and private dining area

 

 

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It’s all squares and circles in the lights of the Artisan exhibition room

 

 

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Next to it is the beautifully raw private dining room with a designated cooking area

 

 

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Wood, chrome, marble – the trinity of minimalistic textures

 

 

With its full dinner menu launching on March 7, I am for once excited to return for more.

:)

 

xx

Ruth

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