L16 Cafe & Bar – Like dining in a public toilet.
L16 has an enviable location bang in the middle of Hong Kong Park. You’d have thought that if someone could work out how to keep the mozzies at bay, this would be THE prime location in Admiralty/Central for a proper pukka restaurant/bar – sadly not.
I recently went for a late lunch here on a Sunday because I’d been walking through the parks and was hot and bothered. First off I had to move from table to table to find the location that reeked least of toilet (this isn’t a one off, I’ve moved outside before for drinks because of this issue). Really, really unpleasant especially when you realise that the toilets and the kitchen are in one central block in the middle of the room, but I was in need of air-con having to choose between eau de urine or heat-stroke.
Food: Thai. Bog standard menu, nothing special, nothing bad, middle of the road cheap fare.
Ambience: They rely totally on their location and the surrounding greenery to detract from the fact this place is in massively bad repair. Sit outside and you are attacked by mozzies, but other than that it’s a pleasant place to be. Sit inside and you are faced with tatty menus, chipped chairs, tables with the laminate peeling off, stained floors and the underlying bouquet of privvies.
Service: We waited a long time for both food and drinks even though there were very few people in the restaurant. Dishes came at very long intervals so you had almost finished one of your mains before the next one appeared, so not great.
Cost: It’s reasonably priced considering you are in the centre of the park and the quality of food is decidedly average. You’d be pissed if you had to pay more.
Location: Close to the Pacific Place end of Hong Kong Park in Admiralty.
This is such a shame. Props that they are making the venue accessible to all pockets in such a popular tourist spot, but come on! If a place like Nha Trang on Wellington Street in Central and in CC Wu Building on Queen’s Road East, Wanchai can make tasty, interesting, quality food at very reasonable prices, in a smart and clean venue, what is the excuse of these fools in Hong Kong Park?
If you have to go, just go for a glass of vino and sit outside, that way you remain oblivious of its massive failings.
Bloody dreadful – it needs new management and new vision.