It seems like every time I have walked by Ninetys in Wan Chai, there has been a line out the door. This Australian-style cafe serves a variety of food but its roots and heart are in coffee. It's founder and head barista Bruno Koo placed first runner up at at the American world latte art championship in San Diego.
The restaurant's aim is to be a "platform where craftsmanship is appreciated [and] a place where human is connected." The focus on coffee craftsmanship is high, with a large team of dedicated baristas who are devoted to their craft.
When I ordered a pourover coffee (HKD 68), the barista asked me to choose between fruity, nutty, or chocolately. I likely chose nutty, which might explain why he paired the coffee with some raw almonds?
It was very fun and quite interesting to play around with tasting the coffee with and without the almond. I could really taste the difference.
The food at Nintys was perfectly enjoyable but did not blow me away. The presentation was artistic and overall the ingredients were fresh, but the use of big bunches of raw kale was a bit much for me.
Certain dishes are influenced by Australian cafe culture and reminded me almost of a British-style breakfast with a twist.
All in all, the place has a fun atmosphere, enjoyable food, and good coffee. The flagship restaurant is also in a vibrant happening part of Wan Chai. (They have two other smaller locations in Central.) I certainly wouldn't mind coming back again. I think there are limited reservations that are available, but not during peak times.
They also offer some services that sound like fun, like different types of coffee workshops (latte art, anyone?), corporate catering capabilities, and even use of their venue for private events. It's cool to see their dedication to the neighborhood, and I hope to someday take advantage of one or more of their offerings . . . like learning latte art!
Ninetys Wan Chai
Shop 2, 222 Queen's Road East
Wan Chai, HONG KONG