Address: Shop A, G/F, Shun Ho Building, 1 Sun Street, Wan Chai 灣仔日街1號順好樓A舖
Telephone: 3589 5678
Spoil Cafe is an incredibly adorable little cafe on Sun Street, just around the corner from Star Street. You will be very surprised to find that reservations often have to be made a month in advance, due to the fact that the cafe is very small and only seats around 16 persons at a time.
Spoil Cafe is famous for their cakes, and people often come to buy their signature Crunch Cake. I came here for lunch on a Saturday with G and S, and the set lunch was $104 for an appetiser, a main course and coffee/tea, and $132 with the addition of a Homemade Cut Cake. Remember to bring sufficient cash as they don’t accept credit cards!
(1) I had the Garden Salad with Mango and Avocado as my appetiser, and found that it was simple and delicious. The combination of sweet mangoes and buttery avocado delightfully brought the salad together.
(2) For main course, the Chicken Linguine with Spicy Thai Sauce was accomplished. If you ever come to Spoil Cafe, you must try the Spicy Thai Sauce – it tasted a bit like Thai red curry, and was only mildly spicy. The sauce was appealingly creamy but not heavy, and was absolutely inspiring. Instead of chicken, you could also try the linguine with prawns.
(3) I also tried some of the Fish Linguine with Spicy Thai Sauce. Spoil Cafe used frozen fish, which was not the most flavourful, but I found it acceptable given the price of the set lunch.
(4) Even though the Spicy Thai Sauce was known to be the absolute star, we still decided to try the Wild Mushroom Penne with Tomato Sauce, just to see what the other sauces were like. The tomato sauce turned out to be quite watery and bland, but at least the penne was nicely al dente.
(5) We finally got around to sampling Spoil Cafe’s celebrated Crunch Cake, and also their Chocolate Cake. The Crunch Cake was a magnificent bundle of delight – whereas other crunch cakes’ cream is simply sweet, Spoil Cafe mixed equal portions of sweetened and unsweetened cream: we loved the perfect level of sweetness achieved! The honey crunch was deliciously crunchy, and cake was fabulously light and fluffy! I often hear people comparing this Crunch Cake with the one at Sevva, and to be honest, I can’t tell which one is better but this one only costs a quarter of Sevva’s! The Chocolate Cake was decadently tasty and the chocolate was refined. I adored the firm and satisfying texture of the Chocolate Cake, and just like the Crunch Cake, it was not overly sweet at all, which was awesome! These two slightly chilled cakes were all the revitalisation we needed after a long week.
(6) We washed down the delectable desserts with Spoil Cafe’s Latte/ Iced Latte. They were beautifully frothy and creamy, and we loved the cute cups!
Conclusion: Even though the cakes were pretty much the highlight of the meal, there was something about this cafe which I found strangely alluring. It is a little sanctuary in the heart of bustling Wan Chai, and under the summer heat, the homeliness and intimacy of Spoil Cafe was deeply comforting.