Happy Hong Kong is a modern canto style cafe located on the third floor of the Neo 19 building. They offer all sorts of cantonese fare you could expect from a cafe, but they do it with more class and innovation. The prices are around 250 NT per entree. That is not exactly cheap, but you get what you pay for. The entrees are prepared very well and presented in immaculate porcelain tableware. The service is very prompt, fast, and thorough. If you have a hankering for Hong Kong cafe style food, this could be a good option.
Take out: yes
Waiter Service: yes
Outdoor seating: no
Food Quality: 4 out of 5
Decor: 4 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
The 2 item combo bbq appetizer plate goes for 280 NT. You can order any two items in their HK style bbq section besides the roasted goose. We got the Cha siu and the salted chicken. These items were tender and flavorful, but nothing particularly unique. It seems like items you can get for cheap at other hong kong bbq stores around Taipei, but platted on a porcelain dish. This item is definitely over priced here. I don't think i'll go for this item again.
What dessert could be more cantonese than the egg tart? So for 60 NT, I had to get a couple of em. They didn't go with the traditional hong kong style cakey tart, or the portuguese style flakey tart, but they fused it into a cakey and flakey egg tart with a liquidy filling. Actually, we got the first batch of freshly baked tarts, so i'm not sure if the filling is mornally so fluid, but ours was able to swirl around in its shortcrust cup. They are not bad, and for that price I would say it is a fair item.
All in all, this is an interesting restaurant to go to and a unique spot amongst your choices in the Xin Yi district. I would return and try some more interesting items like their "Black and White Layer Cake" and their "Carmalized Duck Breast with mango & lychee jelly." These are two items that i regretfully could not order at the time, but will return and post on. Check the menu on their website to see the pictures. The black and white layer cake is interesting because it is the tofu & thousand year egg dish reinvented into the form of a layered cake. At first glance it looks like a creamy, chocolately, cake, but in reality its tofu and salty duck egg topped with dried minced pork. The item seems delightfully cheeky and enigmatic. It is a great appetizer for only 150 NT. I will have to order it next time. The duck breast is slightly more expensive at 280 NT for 4 servings, but it just looks and sounds so good.
Happy Hong Kong is a special restaurant in Taipei and offers stylized cantonese food in a classy and modern setting. If you are tired of small dirty cantonese restaurants with people shouting in cantonese or drinking questionable tea from a dirty stainless steal kettle and muggy looking tea cups, then you should pay Happy Hong Kong a visit soon. But don't expect to fill yourself up with just 80 NT.