One of the things I love about Hong Kong’s dining scene is that, if you look beyond all the street level, overhyped restaurants, you can stumble across some true gems where you’d least expect to find them. The most recent little gem I found is 3/3rds in Wong Chuk Hang.
I work in Wong Chuk Hang, so I have by now grown accustomed to finding great restaurants or private kitchens tucked away in huge industrial buildings, which you have to ascend in rickety old industrial lifts, not knowing if you’ll make it out alive. One day when doing some Instagram research on WCH for work, I came across a photo of a beautiful looking pizza from newly opened 3/3rds – which turned out to be just around the corner from me – and I knew I had to find it.
3/3rds is the brainchild of brothers Wesley and Daniel Wan, together with Daniel’s London-based girlfriend, Adelaide Tam. As with most WCH eateries, they have kept the warehouse-like feel of the space, making use of the high ceiling for hanging jam jar lights, as well as a stonewashed floor and exposed bricks. Adelaide can take credit for the design of the space, as well as sourcing most of the unique pieces of furniture from England. Each piece of furniture is actually for sale – if you like what you’re sitting on, you can simply ask one of the team and it can be yours to take home!
The other, more important concept at 3/3rds, however, is the food. A large kitchen, separated from the lounge area by a glass wall, displays all the daily offerings, canteen style. There is always a wide range of soups, salads, pizzas and desserts, and these change weekly. All of the recipes are inspired by dishes the three of them have eaten on their travels around the world.
Wesley and Daniel wanted to move away from the boring salads offered elsewhere that are just salad leaves, tomatoes and dressing. At 3/3rds there is barely a salad leaf in sight; instead, you’ll find things like grilled aubergine with pomegranate and saffron yoghurt, or wild rice salad. I tried a little bit of everything displayed that day, which included the two I’ve already mentioned, plus broccoli with chilli and garlic, Moroccan style carrots, and beans with hazelnut and orange vinaigrette, each of which was fresh, light and delicious.
The soups are also more exciting than your average soup, with 6 options including two vegetarian, each of which can be served on its own, with rice or vermicelli. On the day I visited, the selection included Portuguese fish stew, lemony chickpea and spinach, Cajun chicken, minced pork and tofu, peas and rice and harira beef. You can actually try a tiny serving of each soup before you decide which one you like best; although this was an almost impossible decision, given how tasty they all were, I decided on the Cajun chicken soup, served simply, without rice or noodles.
Seeing as it was a photo of 3/3rds’ pizza that lured me in in the first place, the boys insisted I try at least a slice of their favourite one – chorizo, black olive, caramelised onion, mozzarella and mascarpone pizza, topped with fresh rocket. The base was so thin I would even call it healthy and the toppings deliciously moreish. This is the kind of pizza you can devour in minutes and not feel remotely guilty.
It would have been rude not to finish with one of 3/3rds’ homemade desserts, so I ordered the Valrhona chocolate and hazelnut brownie. I fully intended on just having one bite and saving the rest for later, but this gooey, delicious brownie was so good it was impossible not to finish it. The addition of hazelnuts in place of the usual walnuts made it even more special. I begged Wesley to tell me that even the brownie was healthy, but unfortunately he couldn’t do this!
3/3rds truly is a lovely little café. I love the fact that it’s a family affair (even the Wan’s sister has now joined the team) and that you can really feel the passion they bring to it. Prices are very reasonable, with soups priced between $55 and $65, salads at $55 (or $35 as a soup-salad combo), pizzas at $138 and desserts between $35 and $50. I’m very excited that this is just around the corner from work and will most definitely be returning for more delicious goodness.
Unit 22D, Yally Industrial Building
6 Yip Fat Street
Wong Chuk Hang
Tel: +852 3462 2951