Mitsukiya, 15 Tsing Fung St., Tin Hau, Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Nearest Train:Tin Hau
Opening Hours:Tue-Sat 1-8am; Sat-Sun 11pm-9am
Tsing Fung Street is home to multiple Chinese dessert joints, which serve up all manner of soups with sweet dumplings, mango puddings and shaved ice. But Mitsukiya, with its enigmatic, curtain-covered entrance, is a horse of a different color. On the left side of this long, narrow Japanese dessert parlor, tables and stools are plastered with funky retro decals and vintage advertisement posters line the walls. To the right, a raised platform is covered by a tatami mat; patrons sit cross-legged or recline on cushions alongside a row of low tables. The setting is comfortable and quaint, but the desserts served are even more awesome. The menu’s offerings change often and are based on seasonal ingredients, but some mainstays include dango (balls of rice flour) with matcha powder for dipping, a three-ramekin-long crème brulee assortment and a delicious variation of apple pie in which a whole apple is covered in crust and baked. Drinks are exotic and unique. Warmer weather calls for an iced beverage, like one of their rose, berry or green tea options. As fall approaches, pick a hot tea served in a delicate glass pot on a platform above a warming tea light candle. Plus, desserts are in the $45 range, making this cute little respite even sweeter.