Saturday, April 09, 2011

Nikkoffee


When Kish heard I was craving tea, he introduced me to Nikkoffee, a new cafe on No. 3 that serves a special kind of milk tea. They call it Nikkoccino, but the drink was originally invented in Taiwan where it's known as 奶蓋茶, literally translated as milk top tea. There are 4 choices of milk top: traditional, chocolate, salted and matcha green tea. The traditional is $4 and the rest are $4.50. Both of us opted for chocolate which is just chocolate powder sprinkled on top of the milk, but he chose green tea and I chose black.The sweetened tea was served in a glass mug with a thick milk top much like the foam on top of a beer.  The milk was extremely smooth and creamy with a consistency similar to whipped cream. The drink should be taken like a latte, with the foamy top and the tea on the bottom coming together in the mouth. It should not be stirred or it would taste completely different, as I found out through experimentation. The portion was huge and I only managed to finish half of the glass despite trying very hard, so I decided to experiment with the leftover half. After stirring the milk into the tea, the drink became a frosty milkshake which was still good, but lacked the contrast of texture and flavour.


In conclusion, I would revisit for the milk top tea but would probably refrain from trying the food. Kish ordered a curry rice to go with his drink, and it didn't look very appetizing. I'm confused about the market position of this place, as it seems to be a little bit of everything. There is a small display counter with homemade bakery items that are supposedly French desserts and pastries. The food menu offers dishes ranging from American to Japanese to Italian to Hong Kong style cafe fare, while drinks like the milk top tea are distinctly Taiwanese. The waitresses are dressed in maid uniforms like the maid cafes in Japan, and the decor is half quaint British style (with fences crawling with plastic flowers as partitions) and half Hong Kong cafe style. This is one confused little cafe...

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6 comments:

eeScorpius on April 11, 2011 3:15 am said...

I been wondering about this place after seeing so many pictures in my friends' photo albums!

krispymilk on April 11, 2011 3:24 am said...

Try the milk top tea! It's unique and interesting. I wouldn't get any food here though... looks like HK style cafe type of food.

FlyEXB on April 20, 2011 5:00 pm said...

Woo, yes their nikkoccino is superb~!
as for there food, i have to say is not as bad as i thought. at my third visit after trying their Smoke Salmon Pasta, and Sandwiche... decided to try their rice 'stuff", didn't have the curry, but had the Grilled Chicken rice w. italian mix. the Chicken was very nice, and the rice mix was wonderful....

to me they was certainly very european in terms of food comparing with my europe trips.

Staff are kind of slow though.

and then i started hitting myself in the head not ordering their creps and matcha cheesecake as the table next to me ordered that....

krispymilk on April 20, 2011 6:14 pm said...

Maybe because I visited kind of late at night, but the leftover desserts/pastries in the display didn't look that fresh! And I'm not a fan of HK style cafe food in general, but the nikkoccino was definitely worth the visit.

Pie on June 08, 2011 3:56 am said...

There's a bubble tea place near the dojo I practice at that I occasionally frequent with friends. Tonight, when we went there, we noticed a new item on their menu - "cream cap black/green/matcha tea". I immediately recognized it as the nikkochino here.

I tried the cream cap black tea; the cream top was creamier in texture and taste than the one at Nikkoffee. And then I saw what must've been their secret ingredient, poorly blended into the cream top of the drink - a blob of butter.

I wonder if Nikkoffee uses the same ingredient in their drink?

krispymilk on June 08, 2011 1:57 pm said...

A blob of butter?! I'm not sure whether Nikkoffee uses butter, but the milk top didn't taste buttery or overly creamy. Then again maybe they did a better job of blending the butter in. This is not something I plan to drink on a regular basis though, so I'm not too worried :P

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