This cafe located at the basement of Champagne Court is a favourite with locals, who come here for their tomato soup noodles with egg and luncheon meat. Not many tourists know about this place as it may be a little difficult to find.
In order to locate this cafe, look for the road sign which says “16-20 Kimberley Road” and enter the building next to it. There are only two staircases leading down to what seemingly appears to be a dodgy basement and the easier one to locate is to walk directly to the back and on the extreme right, you can find Sun Kee Restaurant (新记餐厅), whose specialty is charcoal-grilled pork slices with instant noodles topped with melted cheese (豬頸肉芝士撈公仔麵) – there is a partially hidden stairway next to this restaurant which leads down to the rather dimly lit basement.
I decided to have my breakfast at Star Cafe as I had heard that it can be quite difficult to get a table during lunch and it isn’t that crowded in the mornings. As I walked towards the cafe, an elderly lady, who was busy arranging the tables and chairs outside the cafe, called out to me in Cantonese and said, “This is the place for tomato noodles!”. Okay, this confirmed that I was at the right place!
The deco here looks very retro and I felt as if I had stepped back in time.
There are no English menus here so do let me know if you require any translation.
My hubby and I decided to try their famous tomato soup noodles and the menu states that you can choose between instant noodles, spaghetti, bee hoon, mee sua and macaroni. Another optional item which can be added to your noodles is egg.
We decided to skip the egg and I chose to have my noodles with beef, while he opted for the one with luncheon meat.
When our orders arrived, both bowls looked identical as they were brimming with a soup full of diced fresh tomatoes so I only photographed one of them.
Once you put the spoon in and scoop up the contents of the bowl, all the ingredients are then revealed!
Beef Macaroni in Tomato Soup (蕃茄牛肉通粉) – The beef was tender and the soup was light and refreshing.
Instant Noodles with Luncheon Meat in Tomato Soup (蕃茄餐肉出前一丁麵)
Help yourself to the pickles if you feel you want to add an extra sourish flavour to your food. We didn’t as we wanted to savour the original taste of the tomato soup.
Verdict: Not bad, the tomato soup is a nice change from having wonton noodle soup and it’s not as sour as it looks.
Star Café (星座冰室)
Shop No. 36, Champagne Court, 16-20 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.
Telephone: +852 2724 4408
Getting There: MTR Tsim Sha Tsui, take exit B2 and walk for about 5 min.