Classic Mido Cafe In Hong Kong (Opened in the 1950s) - Original Cha Chaan Teng Unchanged By Time 香港风味50年不变 ~ 美都餐厅
There’s something about Hong Kong – its sights, smells and most of all the buzz and energy in the air – that keeps drawing me back in. And no matter how many times i return, there’s always something new to discover.
Nestled on the Temple Street stretch, the Mido Cafe in Hong Kong has been around since the 50′s. This was a time when Hong Kong was flourishing. Financially, many locals were enjoying decent cash flow so were looking to experience ‘Western’ culinary fare. ’Cha Chan Teng’ (the translation is literally – tea restaurant) were created to fill this void and the Mido Cafe is arguably the oldest of its kind. Its classic and tasty Hong Kong style fast-food, its unique and traditional interior and exterior design and its location in the old-fashion-styled Temple Street, are all the reasons why it has always been so popular among local people. The Mido Cafe is a institution which is a blast from Hong Kong’s historical past. Many Hong Kong cafes are becoming a part of history. Before Mido would ever disappear, just go to experience this ‘time machine’. Here's a tip for patrons, try to aim for the corner booth. That’s the ‘Hong Kong celeb’ corner. Hong Kong directors actors like to hang out at the old and nostalgic Mido Cafe.
美都餐厅位于香港庙街, 于1950年开业, 直至今日仍保留 1950 年代的装潢, 见证着香港历史, 除地下外更有当年十分普遍的二楼雅座, 可以浏览庙街及榕树头的街景, 不少遊客专诚到餐室感受香港传统风味. 美都餐厅的特别之处在于浓厚的怀旧色彩, 整体的装潢和内饰都保持着几十年前的风格, 极具旧日情怀. 美都餐厅是很多访港旅客会慕名而来的地方. 虽然第一次到访, 但往往它会给你一种似曾相识的感觉, 这是因为美都餐室是很多电影, 电视剧的取景胜地. 美都餐厅是一间有 60 年历史的怀旧冰室, 它首要吸引之处, 不是其食物, 而是它那份 50 年代老香港的怀旧味道, 亦因此令它很有电影感.
Incepted in 1952, Mido Cafe is one of the few traditional ‘Bing Sutts’ – Hong Kong-style cafes of the old days during the 1950s–70s, still in business to date, located along Temple Street, the building where it is situated is one of the few low-storey structures in Mong Kok. ‘Bing Sutts’ are also well-known as a micro-community where people got connected to one another in times past. Mido Cafe is no exception, even until now.
走进美都, 有种传统的香港茶餐厅风味. 一进店门的一楼景象, 无论是墙壁, 磁砖地板或是招牌, 都非常有复古的风味.
在众多的旧式冰室来说, 美都都可以说是有规模的了. 餐厅在这幢独立楼房内, 除了楼下, 还有二楼, 再上两层就是民居了. 因为处于独立楼房内, 地方是比一般的茶记阔落一点, 说真的, 其实似一间旧式茶居多一点.
The first floor is a nice place to have Hong Kong style fast-food, as there is a long window where you can see the Temple Street Market while eating. Unlike the ground floor, the first floor is air-conditioned in the summer and the seats are more comfortable.
二楼的场景, 让你感受到自己好似身为港剧中的角色一般. 美都餐厅是两层格局, 店墙是落地玻璃的, 不过不是豪华的钢化玻璃, 而是最普通的玻璃. 整家店看起来相当古朴, 这也是所谓老字号的共有外观吧.
Proletarian clientele vie for shabby seats at shared tables as ceiling fans whire and an ancient wall clock keeps time, rather pointlessly, given that it's forever 1950 at the Mido Cafe. What Mido Cafe does offer is a tasty and unmediated slice of Old Hong Kong. The city's culinary and cultural authenticity are potently concentrated in a few surviving places like this.
Step into Mido Cafe and you will see vestiges of yore – white tiled floor, plain beige walls, rusted steel windows, wooden tables (seven of which are part of the signature red teak-wood booths lined alongside opposite walls), old ceiling fans (some already in disrepair) and so forth.
By and large, the decor emanates a wave of nostalgia.
More of a living museum rather than a place to grab coffee, Mido Cafe is decorated with small tiles on the floors and walls, a feature which was typical of that old era. The 2nd floor is particularly atmospheric because of the hard bench seating, big windows, high ceilings and neon light filtering in from the sign just outside. It’s not a coincidence that so many movies and photoshoots were inspired by this place.
因为有特色, 因为够老资格, 所以很多香港的电视剧或者电影, 经常都会来这里取材作外景地, 所以说不定如果你常去这家店也会碰到一些明星或拍片之类的事.
美都餐厅里, 充满着怀旧的气味. 由地板上的装饰到傢俱陈设, 你也可以感受到岁月的痕迹.
天花板的吊扇, 使用传统的老电风扇. 风味十足.
一家餐饮店的名气, 最重要靠的还是味道. 美都有很多菜色一直以来是吸引本地客及游客光顾的诱因. 美都的菜式, 早餐有肉汤面, 土司, 热饮, 中晚餐有各类排饭焗饭, 下午茶有西多士等. 饮料当然有咖啡, 奶茶, 冻鸳鸯等. 一般的茶餐厅点心与面包坊里的糕点相比, 只能用朴实无华来形容, 美都也是如此.
The Mido Cafe is the kind of place you are quite likely to see a local film director frequenting. Someone with a sense of nostalgia who possibly remembers a simpler time, or at least yearns for it. It’s the type of place that looks like a still from a quintessential Hong Kong movie, so don’t miss the opportunity to experience its old world charm when you are in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong. With such a unique atmosphere, a trip to Mido Cafe is better than experiencing Hong Kong history in a museum setting. This place is the real deal!
美都餐厅, 是香港老式茶餐厅的代表. 它的历史已经有 50 几年了, 很多人都是在这里从小吃到大的. 这很多人中, 也包括很多香港本土的明星. 作为一家颇 “正港” 的茶餐厅, 50 年来, 美都的整个外观, 用餐环境及风味菜色都没有什么变化, 也因此, 你会感觉是在对一国两制的基本法致敬呢.
对香港人而言, 美都餐厅是旧香港的活化石. 虽然以怀旧心情光顾, 其实大部分童年时并无真正在此店留下足迹. 它带给人们时光倒流的感觉, 让各自重组旧日香港的回忆及提供无限的想像空间.
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