Date Taveled, January 2012
Mido cafe is one of those places that are recommended by various travel guides as a place to go to experience eating at a typical Hong Kong Cha Chaan Teng. I found myself at Mido cafe following one such guide and am happy to confirm the general recommendation.
Mido cafe is a typical "Tea Food Hall" or Cha Chaan Teng, cafes and restaurants in hong kong that serve a mix of chinese cuisine and western food items with heavy local influences. It may not have the greatest food, but it is certainly one of the most atmospheric. It occupies two floors of a corner building at 63 Temple street in Yau Ma Tei in Kowloon somewhat near the Temple Street night market. I highly recommend asking for the top floor if you do visit. The feel of the place that came to my mind after being seated there was like a scene out of some gritty old Hong Kong movie from the 70s or 80s. With its crowded tables and prominent large windows overlooking the bustling Kowloon streets and mix of patrons chatting or reading, the ambiance of the place is alone worth the visit.
Mido Cafe on Temple Street
Baked pork rice and fried pork noodles with milk tea
If you look at reviews of the place, the two major complaints are rude service and overrated food for the price. With regards to the service, when I visited I had no complaints and the service was helpful and even friendly. As for the food, I liked what I ordered and yes completely agree you can get much better food for a lot cheaper at other places, however at around 100-150 HKD for two people, it didn't exactly break the bank and in return you do get to enjoy the atmospheric setting. The dishes I tried while over there were the baked pork rice and fried pork noodles with milk tea. I liked the baked pork rice a lot, the pork comes cooked in a red sauce which went very well mixed with the rice. The noodles were good but nothing spectacular. The portions are a bit on the small size, which was fine for me as I wasn't looking to get stuffed as I planned to have dinner later. So you could have it as a middling meal or order other items to make up for it if you are looking for a filling meal.
We visited in the afternoon which I think was a great time to come in and relax a bit over a snack before heading off for more sightseeing or food. Next time I would like to get lucky and get a seat right by the windows and spend some time reading or just people watching on the busy streets below.