May 23, 2005
First impressions are really important, and Kosmo has a clean and crisp appearance immediately suggestive of tasty, healthy food. The refrigerated counters hold the organic ingredients to make up your meal, and although some are already prepared, it’s more likely that you’ll see your meal taking shape before your very eyes. If you fancy an alcoholic drink with your lunch, then carry on walking, because Kosmo doesn’t do alcohol. What they have is a range of "healthy" alternatives. Some like Kosmo Fighter, Kosmo Surprise, and Kosmo Vitality, claiming to be healing juices; a range of superb-tasting fruit "smoothies" (Kosmo Bliss, Dream, and Harmony, to name but three); and energy giving "power smoothies" (Toner, Recovery, and Energiser). There are more healthy teas than I could ever imagine, a dozen coffees, and half a dozen iced brews, all with organically grown coffee. They all look superb, and we can vouch for the fruitiness of the "smoothies" and the tastiness of Kosmo Fighter (a blend of apple, ginger, lemon, and mango).
Although you can eat downstairs, it’s much better on the first floor. It was busy, but we found a place for four people and sat in comfortable chairs around a low wickerwork table. There was an internal veranda overlooking the main street, but this was full and obviously viewed as the prime dining area. Kosmo was decorated in crisp and unobtrusive colours, and it was a pleasure to sit, relax, and enjoy a tasty meal. There’s no piped music here, so you’re not competing with the musical taste of the restaurant’s staff.
The food is served in plastic containers, but if you’re eating on the premises, you can ask for a "proper" plate. As we were "mixing and matching" our meals, we had a plate and unceremoniously divided the separate dishes into even portions. To accompany the plate, we grabbed some biodegradable wooden cutlery off the counter. These do feel a bit peculiar to begin with, but they serve their requirement!
There’s no table service here, so anything you want, you need to make your way to the bar, but the servers are efficient and friendly, so you shouldn’t have to wait long. We ate Moroccan chicken in an egg-white wrap and chicken with a mixed leaf salad. The meat in both meals was superbly cooked, and the salad was fresh and crisp. We had no complaints about the quality or the quantity of the food, and the ambience of the place was great. Although busy, it was not cramped, and there was no pressure to move on.
From journal Eateries on Hong Kong Island