Cafe Boheme is a casual Italian restaurant with outlets in Tseung Kwan O and the West Kowloon Cultural District. The menu runs from light bites to salads, pastas, and pizzas. Not to mention beverages and desserts! Close to museums and performance venues, the Cafe Boheme West Kowloon outlet offers a spectacular view of Victoria Harbour and the dramatic Hong Kong skyline!
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The Back Story
With the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions, I went to the West Kowloon Cultural District to visit the newly opened M+ museum. While in the area, I decided to explore the newly opened promenade along the waterfront of Art Park and take some photos.
To my surprise, I stumbled across a series of small cafes, and they had outdoor seating with fabulous harbour views. While I had already eaten lunch at the museum, I couldn’t help but think it would be nice to take a seat and have something cool to drink.
After all, it was a very hot and very sunny afternoon!
Cafe Boheme West Kowloon – the Menu
When I saw sangria on the menu of a small café, I couldn’t resist. The only question was, could I sit at that empty table on the sidewalk, or would I have to sit at one of the tables inside?
Even though I was solo, I was allowed to occupy a table for four. So I ordered a red sangria and decided to peruse the menu, which ranged from light bites (called Bites & Co) to salads, pastas, and pizzas.
And I’m happy to report: there were two popular but missing ingredients on the pizza list. Neither pineapple nor corn appeared in the description of either the 10 standard pizzas or the 13 add-on toppings.
My kind of place!
As for beverages, they ranged from aperitifs to beers, wines, spritzers, soft drinks, coffees, and bottled waters. And then there were three decadent sounding “guilty pleasures” – Tiramisu, Dame Blanche Ice Cream, and Nutella & Banana Pizza.
Would somebody like to share one with me on a future visit? Perhaps we could wash it down with a double espresso!
What I Ordered
I’ve been to Cafe Boheme West Kowloon twice in two weeks. So that should tell you something!
On my first visit, I wasn’t hungry enough for a main course, and I wasn’t about to order a dessert. So that left the light bites: chicken wings, French fries, green mixed salad, parma ham platter, and beef meatballs.
Talk about decisions! Do I follow my brain or my heart? I decided to follow both.
The green mixed salad (HK$58) was both the cheapest and the healthiest choice. And I DO love salads! So that is what I ordered.
When it arrived, it was exactly what I was hoping for: a simple mixed salad with a variety of leafy greens. And help-yourself bottles of olive oil and a spicy vinegar were sitting on the table.
I re-visited the place two weeks later, And fortunately, I was a bit hungrier. So I ordered the fresh mushroom ravioli (HK$138), which were bathed in a mouthwatering sauce comprising porcini mushrooms, button mushrooms, pecorino cheese, and cream. And it was sprinkled with crispy bits of bacon, adding a subtle, salty crunch.
The ravioli were perfectly cooked. And the sauce was rich and creamy – a delight to the palate! Again, I washed this down with that delightful red sangria.
Cafe Boheme West Kowloon – the Ambiance
Cafe Boheme West Kowloon had a casual vibe. And there were two distinct seating options: indoor and outside.
Inside, the décor was colourful and contemporary. There were high tables with stools, best for digital nomads, solitary soles, or those there for drinks or light bites with friends.
In addition, there were low tables with conventional chairs, best for those having something to eat and drink with friends.
Outside, tables were situated beneath two large umbrellas. And they offered spectacular views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline.
And if none of the tables were free, I would be tempted to order take out and consume it on one of the nearby lawns. Art Park is dotted with open spaces offering magnificent harbour views.
Cafe Boheme West Kowloon – the Verdict
The fact I returned to Cafe Boheme West Kowloon two weeks later – and brought friends! – speaks volumes. While the first visit was serendipity, plain and simple, the second visit was a very deliberate choice!
So what brought me back?
The sangria was flawless, the food was delicious, and the view was as good as they get. Finally, Hong Kong has food-and-beverage outlets with views that do justice to its magnificent harbour!
But if anything stands out, it was the friendly and welcoming staff. They were both warm and professional – without being intrusive.
If I have to find fault, it’s a bit of a quibble, but I’ve had this same complaint about other restaurants in Hong Kong – and other places.
If you are going to serve a mixed salad, PLEASE put it in a bowl with sides so that it can be tossed. Because it was served on a plate, I had a very difficult time tossing the salad without its falling onto the table.
A minor point, to be sure. And it won’t stop me from going back. I’d have to give this place an enthusiastic two thumbs up!
Cafe Boheme – 22 Museum Drive, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
The restaurant is a five to 10-minute walk from Elements, the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, and Kowloon Station on the Tung Chung and Airport Express MTR lines. The 26D and 74D minibus lines also stop nearby.