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Green Common

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Green Common’s Beyond Burger is an edible “hamburger.” A “burger” that is far beyond any other hamburger one has tried, a sham from a vegan affair; and if this is what the future tastes like, then it’s a burger destiny to rise against. Everything about this “hamburger,” from it’s burger taste balance to the discourse that surrounds it, has the feel of an Orwellian dystopia… a world where citizens are fed ideals of what a burger tastes like; a place where we’re told that our meals are made with intricately named ingredients, that we are provided with all the nourishments we’ll need to be “happy.”

The first bite isn’t bad, it won’t taste awful… it just doesn’t feel right, and every succeeding bite adds to the uncertainty of honesty. The Beyond Burger’s “burger” taste balance is an uncompromisingly false reproduction of a hamburger. The patty, comprising of stuff like pea protein isolate, refined coconut oil, maltodextrin, and natural flavors, tastes as if it’s trying to hard to be factual – a distinctive acidulous taste of grill that is not is professed. The cheddar cheese, a glue like substance that’ll fuse parts of the “burger” into solid blocks, cues a nutty acetic like cheese substance that sticks to one’s teeth.

It’s the uneasy feeling of deceit… the perception of eating something phony, no matter how good it claims to be, that doesn’t sit right in one’s judgment. At least the veggies and bun give a glimmer of hope in this dismal burger future. In grandiose form, the avocado fills each bite with its creamy effervescent greenery; and the bun is crisp, soft and tasteful. The burger construction is tenuous, not only from a lubricious layer of avocado that constantly slops, but from a patty texture that feels as delightful as a mouthful of small chewy pellets with a cartilage like texture.

For 108.00 HKD one should try this fradulous “hamburger,” if only to experiment. As a burger zealot the first step might be full of skepticism and low expectations, but it’s important to keep an open mind… to try new things. The beginning is better than you might think; but still, the insincerity of this “burger,” the artificiality of its taste, will eventually make the last interaction, the last bite, a disappointing incident. Walk out and look for those burgers that awake feelings, that make you feel free. The best burgers… are those that are honest and tell you what you already know.

Green Common
Shop B2, Basement 1,
Alexandra House,
16-20 Chater Road,
Central
Hong Kong
+852 3582 4463
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Gaucho

Gaucho Burger

GauchoThe Gaucho Burger from Gaucho is an unimpressively edible burger. From hamburger taste balance to burger construction, this trifling hamburger defers an accomplished misfortune that is expeditiously established at its first appearance; a downward spiral is re-enforced by what else might arrive at the table, and constantly insulted by the amount of cow that exists, compared to the burger, in the surroundings. This burger is an exemplar example of how an intriguingly worded hamburger is not necessarily rightly executed – a mediocre burger taste balance a meager burger construction lead to pure unadulterated disappointment.

A string of words on the menu will be enough to excite one for this burger’s burger taste balance – ‘a blend of four cuts’, which cuts of meat one does not know, but a patty made from four cuts in an Argentinean steak house… its appealing, enticing, an invigoratingly sounding patty one needs to taste. Once it connects with one’s palate there isn’t much to say. Not much to enjoy except a seasoned blandness that exists within the realms of a boring common carefree houseburger. One would hope ‘smokey bacon’ would enliven the burger’s balance – not smokey, not salty, nor crispy, knowing where the patty ends and bacon starts becomes a cloyed venture lacking bacon excitement.

The more bites one takes into the burger the more the debacle subdues. The caramelized onions don’t entail any semblance of sweetness, and even the strapping white provolone, with a tepid mildness, shows little effort. The lettuce and the tomato have a saving green, but there’s little point to it. Even the sauces on the burger, both the garlic mayo and homemade ketchup, leave an unmemorable impression. One has to look around, one has to consider what’s at hand and MacGyver this burger to make it work – the Chimichurri, herbs and oil rich in flavor – it’s impulsiveness will have something for this hamburger.

The burger’s slight build is enough to chafe one’s empty stomach, the sheer size of the burger seems unworthy of four meat cuts and every morsel taken substantially increases one’s hunger; the burger, professedly tossed on the plate, does hold its shape. The bread, soft and acceptable, maintains the burger with a chewy compression. The fries are alright.

At 230.00 HKD the burger comes as part of a lunch set, unsure if the dinner burger holds the same experience, one can skip this burger… there are better Argentinean burgers in the area.

Gaucho

5/F, LHT Tower
31 Queen’s Road
Central
Hong Kong
+852 2386 8090
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East Side Tavern

EST's 8oz Big Cheese Burger

EST’s 8oz Big Cheese Burger

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East Side Tavern’s EST’s 8oz Big Cheese Burger is an edible hamburger. The burger, as its name suggests, is sure to make an impressive entrance – greeted with an unsightly apathy due to its malformed unwieldiness, it is hard not to uncomfortably glare at this hamburger’s awful hourglass shaped burger construction. With an obliging attitude, never judging a burger’s taste balance by its burger construction, one takes a confident step forward only to find out that this burger’s callous erection reverberates into its burger taste balance.

The bun, an ingredient mis measured to such extent as to ridicule the rest of the burger, becomes a primary focal point upon this hamburger’s arrival; its crumpled texture and flaky exterior gives the impression that this giant has been kept in slumber past its heyday – bites make a bland strenuous revelation of a staleness that is hard too chew. Continuing on this path as one dwells deeper into the burger taste balance, as if a gargantuan ancient was nestling a small gentler creature, a patty which’s radius and thickness grossly overpowered by the bun is encountered; within this patty, topping a plane of bread, an acceptable beef taste with subtle hints of seasoning is flavored while a pink dense chunky texture is grasped.

The rest of the ingredients, sticking out trying to escape the hulking beast-bun hovering above, manage to just lurch their adequacies in the burger taste balance; the bacon, with a pliantly crisp touch of mellow saltiness, provides a plentiful sensation; an overtly melted layer of cheddar cheese which almost seems as to have abated, still remains with its mildness; and the vegetables, tomato, lettuce, and onion, all suffering the span on the bun, offer a copacetic freshness. What these ingredients fail at, together with the bun and patty, and made evident through an invulnerable compression that forces one to constantly fight the burger breadth and chew chew chew as if there’s no tomorrow, is a deplorable burger construction. Frozen fries are pretty OK, with some nice seasoning.

At 168.00 HKD plus 15.00 HKD for the additional bacon, the most exciting aspect of this burger will be the pull and pray that happens as you gently oust the wooden scepter from the heart of this hamburger – afraid as to the burger toppling over itself, one immediately holds fast showing more responsibility for this burger than others have demonstrated.

East Side Tavern
Shop 29, G/F, Empire Centre
68 Mody Road
East Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon
Hong Kong
+852 2367 8770
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Holly Brown Coffee

Beef Burger with Cheese

Beef Burger with Cheese

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Holly Brown’s Beef Burger with Cheese is a demoralizingly edible ‘hamburger’. From the plastic burger model illuminated behind the counter, covered with a piercing white light, it should have been obvious that this was not going to be a great hamburger; that an eating hour with dispiriting cumbersome mouthfuls of disappointment would ensue, a low single moment in one’s life that will incur a contemplation as to why life can be so unforgiving sometimes…

The burger’s arrival is met with a laughter of disbelief, looking over all its different parts – with a remorseful sense towards the paltry care this burger has braved, what else can one do to hide the tears but to take this as a mean joke with the ‘patty’ as the distasteful punch-line. Chunks of bargain masticable beef steak, with a contemptible meat taste that’ll have you picking at your teeth and constantly re-stuffing the burger, doused in a spoonful of what can be described as a semi-icky canned gravy should by no means be accepted as a burger patty; this could perhaps be considered a steak sandwich, but a burger this is not – having a well formed patty is equally as important as having an appurtenant hamburger bun.

The burger’s burger taste balance is not deplorably repulsive; this thing, this steak sandwich in burger’s clothing, has a better taste than one might expect considering its appearance – that’s not to say it’s a good one, as a realization sets in that most ingredients seem to originate from an un-fresh factory genesis of pre-packaged foods. Notwithstanding the ‘burger’ can still be finished, but it never quite feels like one is trustfully eating a hamburger. The bun is perhaps the more enjoyable of the bunch, soft and chewy-spongey, it compresses around the chunks of meat desperately gripping everything inside for as long as its physicality will allow it.

The cheese appears to exist in this burger not so much for its white mild savor, but more so because of its plasticesque composition that serves as a barrier, that deafens the gravity of having gravy in contact with bread for an extended period of time. The greens, both the tomato and the lettuce, seem passable for a burger though do feel overloaded. The fries are alright.

The Beef Burger with Cheese from Holly Brown is not worth the 72.00 HKD one has to wage for it. One could commend on the creative liberty that has been taken with this hamburger… but really no.

Holly Brown Coffee
G/F 22 Stanley Street,
Central,
Hong Kong
+852 2869 9008
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Cedele

Beef Portobello Bacon Burger

Beef Portobello Bacon Burger

Cedele QRThe Beef Portobello Bacon Burger from Cedele is an edible hamburger. A hamburger, whose name stacks up better than the actual burger, arrives in an unexcited flaccidness – its leaning parts, toweringly toppled across the plate held by a crutch, should be a numb turn off; never a good entrance, this cussed keel only indicates an annoying reconstruction that has to happen before the first bite transpires… worser yet is the dread one might feel as to whether or not the burger build will hold its physique.

Once re-erected the burger doesn’t particularly boast well in hand. Feeling rather small, there is not an impressive appreciation one has of the hamburger construction or the burger taste balance once in reach of the mouth-grip; the burger taste balance is not lamentable, it’s a decent one that has been pruned by the shapes. The portobello mushroom provides a rebounding sensation that is endured but not so much savored – it’s fractious to understand why this shroom, canopying the patty, is here… Perhaps a veggie burger that never was to be. Cowering behind the portobello is a homemade patty with a light slightly old beef taste; rather small and measly the patty’s eventual textured disintegration will dissipate the meat into scarce memories within the bun, specs of beef within a universe of mushroom and bread.

The bun, a recommended spinach ‘bap’ (which is actually a bun), is an enjoyable compressible indulgent bread with spinachey green marks that only give off a hint of the flowering plant – not specifically designed for burgers it adds to the burger taste balance; the downfall being that its shape and softness give the sense on an eventually rupture. A striking dijon mustard hue does make a surprisingly peculiar appearance midway through the eatery – unsure how to react, the ingredient is eventually accepted into the burger taste balance; unlike the bacon, with little to show for itself it shyly only gives an allusion of its presence, and the onion marmalata will in perpetuum remain a mystery. The veggies are comprised of an ordinary leaf of lettuce and a tasteful tomato. The truffle fries are good.

For 150.00 HKD this Singaporean burger (Cedele is a Singaporean bakery/cafe) is one that can be forfeited. The predominant hurdle of the burger is not the burger taste balance, which is actually quite decent; it is the awfulness that exists in the burger’s planning and engineering as a whole and as individual ingredients.

Cedele
G07-08 Infinitus Plaza,
199 Des Voeux Road,
Central,
Hong Kong
+852 2581 0808
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The Foreign Correspondents’ Club

FCC Burger

FCC Burger

FCC BurgerThe FCC Burger at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club is an edibly unimpressive hamburger. Tremendously boring, outstandingly austere, and immeasurably dry, each impending bite from this burger will suck any moisture in one’s mouth and leave behind an unprincipled burger taste balance; this burger is so dry it could literally be used as a dehumidifier during one of Hong Kong’s hot n’ heavy summers. The hamburger and its ingredients will have you gasping for wetness, for a droplet of liquid to engulf one’s mouth and body. The ingredients don’t manifest into a great burger, and a struggle to finish the hamburger might transpire… however, it hasn’t reached depths of repulsiveness as one, with an empty stomach, mandates to complete the summons.

The bun offers an imposing vista over the burger, its megalomania dominates the plate with a mediocre taste and a parched presence, one that’ll clearly state that the bun means to stay until its death. Deep from within, with a sinister grayness, peers out a shriveled lump; a patty that has been, almost as if there is something to be ashamed of, covered in a shroud of pepper. Together, these two shape up a burger of precipitous construction – a chunk semi-rubbery texture causes the unsavory beef to consistently crumble under the pressure, and the hulking bun, who’s destined to collapse with its grilled undertones that only exist to exacerbate its livelihood, is bound to disintegrate within one’s gentle hands.

There is no savior in this hamburger, other than the bun and patty there are no noticeable residents here; and not even a calculated broadcast of ketchup can conform the burger plight at one’s plate. The vegetables at its side function as a foreboding of the experience to come; a thinly lettuce, a skirmish onion, and a mushy soft tomato – all visibly weak should have been laid to rest time ago, instead they have been made to withstand this desert with little chance of making it through, with their respective flavors unnoticed. The fries are just really alright.

For 65.00 HKD this is one hamburger that can be missed, in any case one would need to be a member of the FCC to actually be able to enjoy this desiccate burger, do not accept a member’s burger invite. When I think of the FCC i’d like to think of it as a place where journalists can hang out after reporting stuffs all day, for their hard efforts I kinda wished they’d be rewarded with a better burger.

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club
North Block,
2 Lower Albert Road,
Central,
Hong Kong
+852 2521 1511
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Wilbur’s

Black angus burger

Black Angus burger

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Wilbur’s Black Angus burger is a edible hamburger. The hamburger leads in with an admirably appetizing presentation, an exposition that serves as a means to provide hope for what this burger should bring into realization – an outstanding burger experience to content, case that is undelivered by the quiddity of the burger which carries forth an unbalanced burger taste balance and an incommodious burger buildature.

The hamburger is afflicted by a single omnipresence that envelops the burger’s taste balance, one that subtly haunts each bite with a delicate off-ness that is not really off, just inappropriately selected – the mysterious overpowering white cheese that takes an iron reign over its burgdom. At the cheese’s right hand are the vegetables, the plentiful buttered lettuce and powerful tomato, serve and overtake what the cheese is unable to govern – similar to an overbearingly proud vegetarian, these ingredients make their stance well known, forcing a salad-esque feeling onto the burger, repressing other components into submission.

The moist beef patty, a destitute of taste, is in shortage of both a hint of seasoning and a willful angus beef taste; instead what the flimsy underpowered patty entrusts are chewy chunks that momentarily cause wreaks of confusions as to what these motes may be. The bun doesn’t show much flair either, with a vacant taste and infirm hold, it won’t take much for it to rend. Between the beef and the bun, and the veggies and the cheese, and a discernible bacon pulling its weight caught in-between; this burger exists with a taste imbalance that manifests a bleak burger satisfaction. The fries were alright.

As mentioned, the hamburger proceeds with an attractive demeanor – one to get excited about one that looks enticing one that begins to crumble instants after holding the burger and calculating the taste proportions, percentaged ingredients that don’t particularly buttress this hamburger.

For the price of 148.00 HKD this is a pretty unexceptional burger, nothing too special unless one is looking for a salad between two buns at which point one can have a great time with this hamburger. Some of the ingredients aren’t bad, simply not fit; and when one is engulfed in a burger – the beef, and the bun, should take reign.

Wilbur’s
G/F 34 Wyndham Street,
Central,
Hong Kong
+852 2525 1439
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Café Causette

Classic

Classic burger

Cafe Causette ReviewCafé Causette’s classic burger is an edible hamburger. Found in Hong Kong’s Central district, inside a lavish hotel and surrounded by a luxuriant environment – this humble looking burger, with a familiarly simple burger visage and no apparent extravagantly gourmeish touches makes for an unexpectedly interesting entrance; one that falls short the moment you enter the realm of its burger taste balance and hamburger construct.

Within the first uplift of the burger there is a noticeable density to the burger feel, a restraining press that is slightly felt on the outer bun regions that gets stronger towards the hamburger’s beef core; a brawny patty with a thickset quality, a set of awkwardly cut vegetables, and a bun that feels too chompy – build a hamburger with tough burger construction that is accompanied by an equally resilient hamburger texture that level down the burger taste balance, resulting in a heavy burger experience that is felt by both one’s burger hold and each ensuing bite.

The burger taste balance was undermined, lessened by a set of ingredients that didn’t fully commit to their roles and one overtly dedicated entity – the blue cheese. As one savors the beef patty there isn’t an adjacent strong beef taste, and along with its awkward texture, it introduces an indecorous seasoning that is deluged by an overwhelming punchy saltiness instigated by the ungainly cheese. The tomato and the lettuce do bring forth a frangible feeling that unfortunately doesn’t elevate the burger taste balance by much – if anything, as you look at the environment and consider the price, these components become prosaic companions. The bacon, entering with an appropriately firm stance, can’t hold itself against the power of the cheese – and with each jab of the burger, as it struggles to escape the salty clutches, it’s only reduced to a slight peep. The fries are alright.

Priced at 228.00 HKD, plus 12.00 HKD for additional items such as cheese and bacon, and considering where this burger originates from – this is a pretty unexciting hamburger that is not worth the attention. With a simple burger mien, comparable to many of the plebeian burgers in this city and the world, this hamburger barely manages to put up a fight, much less keep up – at least it’s housed in a great location that many would be envious of.

Café Causette
5 Connaught Road
Central
Hong Kong
+852 2522 0111
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The Diner

The DIner

The Diner

The Diner QRThe Diner’s diner burger is a pretty unexceptionally edible hamburger. Unlikely to fulfill any such desires for that Americana burger dinner feel, the burger, lacks any form of excitement; in its burger taste balance in its burger construction in its menu listing, there isn’t much that this hamburger does to impress… on the other hand, the burger doesn’t reach the depths of an unsavory outrage. Put very simply – the burger is just plain and boring, as monotonous as a burger could ever dread to be.

The hamburger’s appearance, though somewhat messy at its core, seems decent enough upon its approach. It is when one begins to manhandle and mouth this hamburger that a collapsable tedium ensues; the burger feels awkward as the two 3 .oz patties, which poorly sealed assimilate each other into a malformed untextured beef, fail to reach the surrounding bun-border. Further into the burger, as the bun begins to tear itself and the patties to break apart, the pitiable burger construction comes alive and the mis-proportions pertinent.

The bland burger taste balance isn’t truly encountered on the first bite, instead, an overwhelming sour tingle from a heavy-handed mustardly taste. Glancing over the menu it is clear that mustard is the condiment of choice at this diner; while mustard can be a great companion to any burger, what is lacking here is a balance from the other ingredients. Once one’s savory senses adjust to the mustard, one confronts the boredom of this burger. Incased in a bun that feels dry, the two patties, perhaps lacking a sense of salt and seasoning, unsuccessfully deliver that radiating USDA angus beef taste. This seems to be the story of this burger, ingredients that lamentably almost seems absent – one can barely hint at the two slices of monterey jack cheese and can fail to distinguish the ‘diner’ sauce, one can’t perceive the caramelized onions, and can narrowly relish the bed of un-crisp vegetables. The bacon, which does have a slight of taste, is a tad chewy and stringy. The fries are alright.

For 135.00 HKD this won’t be a great American burger one might be looking for in Hong Kong, one should really be expecting a diner’s burger that, while it may not have the best ingredients, delivers a not too shabby burger experience.

The Diner
G/F, 4-8 Arbuthnot Road,
Central,
Hong Kong
+852 2562 3181

 

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Cafe Gray Deluxe

Burger

Burger at the bar

Cafe Gray DeluxeCafe Gray Deluxe’s burger is an edible burger at most. The hamburger, unlike the location, doesn’t have much to offer in terms of a burger experience. What lays in front of one is an unexciting burger that lacks any form of vibrancy, a hamburger that simply just seems off; off in its colors, off in its disposition, and off in its ingredients and proportions – one soon is overwhelmed with a feeling of having to fix something, to re arrange some aspect, but what? One can’t be certain.

An inexplicable amount if cheese highlights the suffering of this hamburger; it greets one with a lazy plastic sweaty feeling, unbeknown if this is a slight of hand seemingly trying to cover something within, one continues onwards towards the first bite – towards a boring burger taste balance that does little to delight. Not surprisingly, the cheese causes most of the brunt with a beset of cheesiness that is hard to escape; the cheese’s wrath doesn’t just stop with its flooding proportions but also with a sharp harsh taste. The beef patty, cowering underneath, isn’t the inspiring leader a burger needs – bringing with it an unrelenting chunky texture and blandness in taste, a weak beefiness, and a dryness that burdens the burger whole, making the hamburger experience hard to swallow; a slow almost never-ending eat.

The vegetables and the bun make feeble attempts to improve the burger taste balance. The little bit of greens add a slight crispiness to the burger, one that is soon thwarted by mushy sun-dried reds that are a tad too tomatoey; and the bun, giving of a glimmer of hope at first, with an acceptable taste and soft sponginess, is brought back down by a discerning tear-ability that results from improper burger planning. There’s little to say about the resulting burger construction that is plagued by miss-proportions, breakages in the bread, and a general sense of aridness. The fries are alright, but the spicy ketchup is a bit too sour and piquant.

With little to show for, except a great location and view, 235.00 HKD is a hefty price to pay for a cheese with burger hamburger that is both edible and prosaic  – and that is pretty much it.

Cafe Gray Deluxe
JWM Hotel Hong Kong, The Upper House
88 Queensway,
Admiralty,
Hong Kong
+853 3968 1106
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Tipping Point Brewing Co.

Classic Cheese Burger

Classic Cheese Burger

Tipping PointThe Tipping Point’s classic cheese burger is an edible hamburger. The overarching burger experience has an unwelcoming feeling from start to finish; and at the end, rather than a sense of satisfaction, there is one of relief – solace that one has completed the difficult task of stuffing this salty burger down one’s throat and leaving this locale.

As the little sized burger arrives, literally dumped in front of you by the irate staff, it brings with it a smelly smell of burntness and old oil that lingers throughout the first moments of this burger’s existence; the small size, which makes it possible to finish the burger within a few good bites, means that the burnt smell will waft throughout most of the hamburger experience – later on, this smell of uncleaned grill, will exit through the nostrils as the burger enters the mouth.

Peering beneath the hood won’t make a thing better, what one does have is: blackened grill marks on a bun that is soft and spongy; a patty that is both thick and compact, that is properly pinked inside and at first has a great beef taste that diminishes into saltines as one eats through; you have slivers of bacon, that’ll aren’t all that tasty but are all that salty; a cheese that is pretty oh-kay; and finally, a feeling of desolation as one notices that there isn’t any sort of greenery or verdure amongst this party. All this combined makes for an edible charred grilled burger taste balance, one that is reminiscent of a Burger King’s cheeseburger – except that Burger King will more likely offer a superior burger experience.

Also, have I mentioned how salty this burger is? They really tipped the point on that one. It does appropriately seem like bar food though, it is after all a micro-brewery, the burger’s so salty it’ll definitely encourage some beer ordering. At least, besides the burger mass, the burger has a good hamburger construction, it is burger sturdy and it’ll hold its shape… but so will a BK cheeseburger. The french fries felt a little soggy and old.

This cheeseburger is undoubtedly not worth 180.00 HKD (24.00 USD), and 28.00 HKD for a couple of slivers of bacon is preposterous – for this price they could of at least included a shred of vegetation. Tipping Point really tipped the scales on this burger – unfortunately towards the more shoddy side…

On another note… I seldom talk about the locales and I don’t usually mention stuff about the services I receive, but sometimes the service in places can be ridiculously abysmal. I don’t think anyone would appreciate having cash tossed across the table because the waiter thought the tip was insufficient – seriously waiter dude, we hadn’t even finished discussing how much tip we’d leave, or if any would be left at all, but you’re attitude made the decision pretty simple.

Tipping Point Brewing Co.
79 Wyndham Street,
Central,
Hong Kong
+852 2868 2892
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