Dining

Quick Bites

Mano Café (Closed)

Rating

Date of reviewJul 23, 2015
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Cuisine South East Asian
LocationCentral

G/F, The L Place, 139 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong

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Overview

Opening Hours

Mon to Fri, 8:00am - 10:30pm
Sat, 11:00am – 10:30pm
Sun, 9:00am – 8:00pm

Dress Code

Casual

Reservation

Yes

Buffet

No

Corkage

N/A

Private Room

N/A

Accept Credit Card

No

Smoking Area

No

Review

We’re hoping it’s third time lucky for Mano – in the span of less than a year, it’s gone from casual café to fine dining brasserie (and picked up a Top 20 Restaurant accolade from us for their efforts!) and back to casual all-day diner – this time with the help of the Corner Kitchen crew. Gone is chef Frederic Chabbert and his high-end but still approachable modern French cooking, and in its place is a cheerful, globetrotting menu that Corner Kitchen is known for. There are vibrant salads that promise big flavours, and crowdpleasers such as fried chicken, colourful wraps, and all-day breakfast. We opt for the Balinese fish tacos, which come with a spicy kick and herbaceous freshness from a judicious use of coriander – it’s messy eating, with the juices and sauces running out of the warm corn tortillas, but entirely satisfying. Smashed avocado bruschetta is instantly Instagrammable, the avocado studded with slices of Japanese radish sweet, ripe cherry tomatoes that threaten to topple off with every bite. It’s a shame the toast is overly charred, the acrid notes showing through despite the high quality ingredients. To drink, there’s plenty of refreshing choices, including Mountain Goat ale on tap and an iced jasmine and calamansi tea. The vibe is relaxed and staff are keen (if still a little green), making this a pretty good weekend brunch choice, especially since there’s always enough seats to go around. 

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