Emergency Lab is an experimental art space championing emerging talent in Hong Kong. Operating from third floor premises along Lockhart Road, a stone’s throw away from Causeway Bay station, Emergency Lab also plays host to Zwing Cafe. This casual cafe-restaurant doubles as a shop that sells all manner of design objects and artworks, making it perfect if you want to feast your eyes, feed your mind and refuel all at the same spot. An extensive list of hot and cold beverages meets a menu dominated by Asian cuisine, with a few European flourishes for good measure. Do remember that Zwing is a member’s only hangout, so be sure to book.
Many visitors to Hong Kong’s art incubator Emergency Lab stop by Zwing Cafe for a good coffee (the rose latte is a fruity surprise), all manner of teas, hot chocolates and smoothies. Heading up to the mixed use gallery, cafe, and gift shop space is a fantastic way to unqind if you’re in the vicinity of Lockhart Road and Causeway Bay, and while you’re there you’re very likely to be tempted by Zwing’s surprisingly comprehensive lunch menu of Asian and European food.
The kitchen at Zwing @ Emergency Lab is headed up by Hong Kong chef Carl L., whose specialties include chicken wings, a whole lotta chicken wings. Order a serve cooked Swiss-style, satay, lemon and herbs served up with salmon and blue cheese spaghetti, almong honey wings with seafood pasta in a white wine sauce, or honey chicken wings served with garlicky mushroom and bacon fried rice. We like the drunken chicken wings best of all! Japanese beef rice, curries, and pizza round out the selection at this tidy little Causeway Bay cafe-restaurant, but be sure to remember that Zwing is open to members only, or for private hire and events.