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21 May 2011

Otaku Ippiki goes abroad: Maid cafe "Cafe Dre@min' @kiba" @Hong Kong

This report is on Hong Kong's maid cafe "Cafe Dre@min' @kiba"[CDA]. This is my 3rd report on HK maid cafes since 2010.

How is CDA different from a close maid cafe(ex. Cafe Matsuri) ?  Here's my report.
(Note: full marks is *****)

This is a backlog. The date which I visited was in Feb./2011 .

[Location: ****]
"Cafe Dre@min' @kiba"[CDA] is located between Mongkok旺角)and Yau Ma Tei油麻地), the all-time busy shopping belts. It's very close to the otaku complex: Sino Centre(信和中心) and Cafe Masturi (which I wrote about last year.).

After alighting at the Yau Ma Tei MTR station, it takes only a few minutes to walk to the cafe.
If you are coming from the south end of Nathan Road, please look for Soy Street(one street north of Dundas Street) and turn right (head East). You'll find a small  multi-tenant building, named "Fook Tai Bldg" (please see photos).

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(A view from Soy Street)

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On the G/F, you'll see a sign directory of the floor plan. When you arrive at 6/F, you can easily see a flashy signboard(please see photos).

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(On the G/F)


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(Some photos on the 6/F. )

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[Atmosphere/Interior: ***]
The cafe is comfortably spacious for HK standard. I don't feel cramped. The color scheme is white (like Cafe Matsuri). All the furniture is in white, with about eight two-seater tables. Sunlight shines in through the large windows. CDA has two good points: one is that guests can enjoy the nice view of Hong Kong's busy street, looking down on the Sai Yeung Choi Street South(西洋菜南街, the busiest street in Mongkok). Another is the free Wi-Fi access service for guests.  However, I CDA need to improve on its interior design, which didn't seem professionally done.

[Foods: **]
The menu is limited to items such as beverages and some sweets, and light meals like Omurice.
I ordered a cup of hot coffee, and tea. The coffee was served in white although I don't order milk coffee. The tea is served with tea-bags(*1).The price tags is similar to other maid cafes in HK.

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[Maids' attitude/Service: ***]
When I visited CDA, it has two maid-sans, and one butler. One maid-san(*2) who serves me is able to speak good Japanese. According to her, she is studying Japanese in a HK university, and CDA has two Japanese speaking maid-sans(one is her, another is "Kong/Koh(孔)" san). Her manner, serving guests is good enough to meet guests' expectations, I feel.

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The white uniform is ordinary in Japanese maid cafes. (Sorry for no photo of maid-sans. Because they have no-photo policy. However, I can take a photo of a staff listing in the entrance)

[Overall: **+]
CDA is not so bad cafe as I imagined before. Nice viewing and free Wi-Fi are very good. However, you can't expect so much for its foods, and beverages.

[misc]
Open Rice(HK food community site) has an entry for CDA. According to reviewers, CDA had be given good(better than average) poins.

[Note]
*1) In Japanese cafe, serving tea with tea bag is not positively accepted. Tea bags seem to be a cheap quick solutions only for fast food outlets, and self-serviced canteens.

*2) Her name is maybe "Cherry". But I'm not sure since I forgot to write a memo. Her name was seen in the upper left of the staff list.

[Cafe/Restaurant DATA]
Name    : Cafe Dre@min' @kiba (please read "Cafe Dreamin' Akiba")
Address : Fook Tai Bldg, 6F, room-B, 24-26 Soy Street, Hong Kong
Phone   : +852-2337-7020
Business time:
         M-F:15:00 ~23:00
         S-S:14:00 ~23:00
Official HP  : http://blog.yam.com/dreamakiba

[Related articles]
Otaku Ippiki goes abroad: [2010.08] Cafe Matsuri @Hong Kong review
Otaku Ippiki goes abroad: [2010.04] Akiba-Kiss @Bangkok review
Otaku Ippiki goes abroad: [2009.10] Maiderland[now defunct] @Hong Kong review
Otaku Ippiki goes abroad: [2009.07] Torashabu @Singapore review
Otaku Ippiki goes abroad: [2009.01] Cafe Royal/T @Los Angels review
Otaku Ippiki goes abroad: [2008.10] Maid Date @Hong Kong review
Otaku Ippiki goes abroad: [2008.05] Cosafe @Singapore review
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