Mido Cafe, Yau Ma Tei
I’ve been meaning to go here for quite some time because it combines several of my interests. It’s housed in one of those rare gems found in HK: an old and very stylish building. It’s amazing how many times in HK age and style seem to be found together in one package (though that doesn’t seem to apply to people ).
Not only is it old but it is also one of the better looked-after ones and seems to have undergone some refurbishment in the last few years including re-opening some previously boxed-in balcony space.
The cafe is as old as the building it seems and the menus inside proudly proclaim that it has been running since 1950. Whether it’s family run and is still the same family I have no idea and I can’t actually determine the building’s proper age – neither the Govt’s Ratings and Valuations Brochure nor the recently introduced (to me) Centamap faciliity shows its build year. However, we can safely assume it was certainly there in 1955, the reason why I shall explain in a moment.
When you go inside and up to the first floor room you will see that the owners are well aware of it being in the background of one of the scenes in The World of Suzie Wong (filmed in ’59, released in ’60) when Lomax is outside the front of the nearby Tin Hau Temple. But it seems that no one has informed them that you can also see the building – 5 years earlier – in a similar background shot when Clark Gable goes to visit the same temple in 1955′s Soldier of Fortune.
Anyway, I notice that the Big Bus Tour stops right outside so that people an go and visit the temple. Well heck, why doesn’t everyone take the opportunity to come and visit its historical neighbour as well and partake in some true HK-style baked pork chop rice and cold lemon tea. The place has an English menu so there really is nothing to stop them.