Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Pokka Cafe (Macau)

Posted by Kimberly on September 7, 2007


where: New Yaohan, Level 2

phone: +853 2872 6120

website: http://www.pokkacafe.com/

opening hours: 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM

cards: Visa/Mastercard/Amex

reservations: recommended

take out: not offered

vegetarians: Yes

access: no disabled. Only escalators

parking: as per New Yaohan


Entrée (1), Mains (2), Drinks (2), Dessert (1)

Total: 320 patacas for two people

ratings: overall: B food: B- atmosphere: A service: C

pluses: large servings minuses: service could be better

Pokka Café (Macau)

The first thing you notice when you enter Pokka Café are the large open bags of coffee beans sitting invitingly on your left. The second, had you been walking slowly, is the ubiquitous plastic food display behind a glass cabinet just before the coffee bags but outside of the café.

One of the café’s supervisors seated us immediately after giving us a choice of smoking or non-smoking. The room is divided such a way as to ensure this separation is effective.

Upon being seated at a table overlooking Fisherman’s Wharf, we were presented with large menus to peruse while our waitress rushed to serve someone else. The menus, while having only a simple statement of the dish, provided the diner with large images for reference.

The menu was varied enough to please most people, with soups (average 35 patacas), snacks (average 45 patacas), main steak courses (average 100 patacas), rice and pasta (average 70 patacas), desserts (average 40 patacas) and drinks (average 40 patacas).

While a limited salad bar was available the menu offered a variety ranging from Korean and Japanese to Portuguese, with even a selection of sandwiches on offer. A quick glance around the café showed a relatively decent crowd with about two thirds of the available tables filled at the time we were there, about 1.30pm.

The room seemed to be divided into three, with the smoking section on one side, and the non-smoking section divided in two. Half of this was lit by low-hung chandeliers providing a soft intimate ambience, while the other, the area we were seated at, lit by small globes. This gave the effect of a more open atmosphere. The café seemed to be frequented by a variety of couples, businessmen and families.

The bright orange and brown uniforms of the wait-staff were set against the muted brown and black tones of the room. Tables were evenly distributed with a container of cutlery and napkins rather than the traditional setting. The décor was simple with the only music coming from the shopping mall outside.

Speaking of which, this is also where the rest-rooms are located, on the left as you leave the café. Our waitress re-appeared to take the order, using a modern PDA rather than the old-fashioned notebook and pen. Unfortunately, the combination of a rapidly filling café and low numbers of staff (about five in total) meant the waitress had to rush off mid-order to attend to those waiting to be seated. She apologised profusely upon return though.

Once the order was taken, my entrée of pumpkin soup arrived at the same time as my main. The soup contained beans, something that wasn’t obvious from the menu, while my main of smoked salmon, avocado and mango sushi rice was accompanied with a swirl of mayonnaise that didn’t quite suit the dish. It also contained squid which wasn’t mentioned in the menu.

The consistency of the pumpkin soup seemed a little thinner than expected but the main was simple and done well. The salmon was fresh and tasty, the mango pieces sweet and the avocado ripe.

My companion’s main of stone grilled deep fried rice ball with black curry came about 15 minutes after my own meal but was piping hot. The beef was tender and fell off the fork while the sauce had a smoky but not unpalatable taste to it. Both meals had a simple and neat presentation with large servings.

Having chosen a mango smoothie for myself and a Hokkaido coffee rocky by my companion, both arrived five minutes after our meals. The smoothie was lovely and sweet, with iced mango purée on the bottom and a rich cream on top which needed to be stirred through. My companion’s coffee came on a tray with a separate small jug of milk and a test-tube of syrup to add as per one’s taste, which was deemed delicious.

As the café is famous for its choice of coffees their menu reflects this, with coffee from Tanzania, Honduras and Sumatra. No alcoholic drinks appeared to be offered. Dessert consisted of tofu pudding with red beans and sesame rice balls. It was a little soggy but not too sweet.

Customers are given the opportunity to leave a comment via specially-made cards, with the ones selected, offered VIP membership. When paying the bill, it must be noted that a 10 percent service charge is added to the total. The meals gave great value for money both in terms of quantity and taste.

Both mains would be recommended although the pumpkin soup should be overlooked. Those looking for a reasonably-priced, casual dining experience but aren’t too pedantic about the quality of the food would find Pokka Café a great choice.


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