Authentic Canelés with a lovely vanilla taste
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Stephs852Diary (138 Review(s))
A canelé is a small French pastry made from egg, sugar, milk, rum, vanilla and flour. It is a specialty from Bordeaux in France, but can be found in other parts of France too.
Le Canelé d'Or is a company that sells and delivers freshly baked canelés everyday. The canelés come in 2 sizes, Grand size (about 60 g) and Cocktail size (about 15 g), and come in a few different flavours.
A box of 6 grand size canelés costs $178 and a box of 12 costs $328. For the cocktail size canelés, a box of 25 costs $218 and a box of 50 costs $398.
The canelés are delivered in a smart paper box to most locations in Hong Kong (you can check their website http://www.lecaneledor.com.hk/ for the locations that they deliver to.) You are recommended to eat them within the same day of delivery, or at most within 5 days.
You can also customise your order, so my friends ordered a box of 6 grand size canelés and two cocktail size canelés in three different flavours. The canelés are delivered chilled, but you are recommended to reheat them in a preheated oven at 200°c for 6 minutes, or in a microwave using the grill function for a few minutes, so that the exterior hardens.
(1) We tried the Traditional Canelé first, which was vanilla bean and rum based. The canelés from Le Canelés d'Or are actually some of the most authentic ones that can be found in Hong Kong. A lot of canelés in Hong Kong have a cake-like texture, but these ones had a soft and custardy centre and a crunchy, caramelised crust, which is what authentic canelés should be like. The vanilla and rum flavour in the canelés were very distinctive, but the egg flavour could have been a tad stronger.
(2) We also tried the Orange Canelé, which was refreshing with a citrus, fruity note. We didn't bother reheating the canelés when we ate them, but the centre was still soft and velvety, and the crust was also quite crunchy even when chilled. Some premium canelés found in Paris would be even more spongy and airy in the middle, but these ones were accomplished enough.
(3) The Coffee Canelé was delicious, with the lovely aroma and taste of coffee forming a remarkable contrast with the sweetness and softness of the pastry.
Canelés can be eaten for breakfast, for snacks, and as dessert. I enjoy eating them in the afternoon with a cup of coffee the best. Some people find the prices of these canelés a bit hefty, but considering that the canelés are delivered, I find them acceptable. I think that a box of delectable, authentic canelés would make a very nice gift!
Rating : Taste4 Service4 Hygiene4 Value for Money3
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holmes31 (169 Review(s))
My previous dining experience in Fiat was, frankly speaking, good but hardly memorable. Even the famous fig with ricotta cheese failed to persuade me to come back. However, I found that many foodies tried its new menu these days; some of the new dishes look pretty appealing.
To begin with, we had French Beans, Goat Cheese Walnuts and Balsamic Bianco Salad. These were all usual ingredients of my home-made salad. Fresh French beans, creamy and tangy goat cheese, and walnuts was a classic, if a bit conservative, combination. The French beans were well cooked and crunchy. The portion of Balsamic Bianco dressing was perhaps so generous that some may not like it, however. A little bit of fine-tuning would make it a good appetizer.
Another appetizer I picked was fig and ricotta, which came with Parma ham this time. I happily found that a healthy portion of olive oil was added. Apparently, Fiat did take note of the comments. Ham was what you paid for. Ricotta was delicious as usual, but I was not lucky enough to get some really sweet figs.
Pecorino cheese spaghetti was one of the dishes on the menu that caught my attention. I certainly appreciate the choice of Pecorino cheese. The spaghetti were covered by the tangy Pecorino cheese and the cheddar nest went well with it. I finished the whole nest on my own, although it was slightly oily.
Mussels were cooked to perfect with a welcoming smell of butter. While the white wine sauce was not a “wow”. It was delicious enough for me to finish all the bread with it.
Desserts were the best of the night. Although both of them were rich in alcohol flavour, they were complex and moist for my liking. Galliano Syrup was added to the peaches to balance the wine taste and was topped with light vanilla cream.
My Affogato was more like tiramisu. I loved it very much. The mascarpone was creamy and the ladyfinger soaked with coffee and wine to the fullest. This dessert might be too strong in flavour to some people, but not me, a coffee and wine lover. If there was something to complain about, it was a bit soggy.
I must say Fiat had improved quite a lot, though things could be improved here and there. At least, I did not find the menu boring – this separates Fiat from many other Italian restaurants in the town. If I happen to be in Causeway Bay and want to have something causal, I will pay a visit here.
Rating : Taste3 Environment3 Service4 Hygiene3 Value for Money3
Ramen from Tokushima and Kitakata prefectures
1 day ago
supersupergirl (2537 Review(s))
Thanks to Ippudo and the communications team for organizing this tasting.
At this tasting, there were two new ramens, one from Tokushima and the other from Kitakata prefecture.
In between the two different noodles, there was an appetizer to refresh our palates and after the tasting we got to try their desserts as well.
Drinks from the menu were also provided.
Chose this one because it wasn't fizzy, it looked nice on the menu with a pretty colour gradient that was orange on top gradually becoming red at the bottom.
There was a red glacier cherry at the bottom which contributed to the red colour.
As for the taste it was really nice, it was natural with pineapple and orange juice.
The drink also tasted similar to the Virgin pussycat and the Virgin Pussy foot.
First of all we tried the Kitakata style ramen.
The broth for this had pork bone, dried fish and seaweed.
Flat and curly ramen.
Chashu, soft boiled egg, menma and spring onions.
As well as the broth, the type of noodle is also important in my opinion, and the flat curly ones here were really nice, they gradually softened and were good for slurping while being al dente.
The texture was similar to tagliatelle.
The broth was slightly too salty, but the taste was addictive because the strong seaweed flavour was enjoyable but the fish was not so prominent.
Interestingly there was some dried squid taste in the soup which gave it that excitement that bouillabaisse gives you.
It was good that they paired it with the white end of the spring onions because it was slightly spicy and balanced the fatty chashu.
I do not really like fatty pork but the chashu fat layers literally melts in your mouth and the taste was pleasant.
Chilled tomato in plum flavouring:
It was a fairly big tomato sprinkled with herbs and black pepper drenched in plum flavouring.
The tomato was firm and refreshing bursting with tomato and plum tangyness.
Pork bone and chicken broth.
Straight medium thin noodles.
Pork slices, green spring onions, menma and raw egg.
The pork slices were marinated with their special sauce so it was paired nicely with green spring onions which has a stronger taste than the white end of the spring onions.
The broth was lovely and strong and the noodles were medium thin noodles, although I would prefer the ultra thin noodles because it can absorb more broth.
After trying the noodles without mixing the egg, I mixed the egg to try it with the egg yolk.
The egg was really fresh because when an egg is fresh the yolk and white separate easily.
I popped the yolk on the spoon and just dipped the noodles into it and got this lovely creamy taste.
Almond tofu with green tea:
The green tea on top was quite watery but beneath that was almond pudding. the pudding was firm with a deliciously strong almond taste.
Okinawa donut with icecream:
These donuts are made in house at Ippudo, I felt they were dry and hard inside but when it is eaten with icecream the combination of the two were delicious.
The appearance and style reminded me of the donuts at Tai Cheong bakery but with a hard centre.
★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★I'll definitely be back for the Kitakata and thanks to Ippudo, I have now tried another different type of noodle that I like as well as the straight thin noodles.
After finishing the broth you should see the Japanese words Arigatou at the bottom.
Dining Offers: Tasting Event
Rating : Taste3 Environment3 Service3 Hygiene3 Value for Money3
Mother's Day special
3 days ago
Kiroi Fung (3 Review(s))
It was the night of the mother's day, last sunday,12/05/2013 when my children took me to the restaurant. As whenever their school bus passes from that road where this restaurant is situated, they watch the restaurant. This was our third time when we dined at Isabella and it was as special as our first experience over there. Even though only my husband & I with my two children, we were offered a 6-seat table. First we were served by a basket of baguette, grissini, warmly toasted, crusty with tender inside, served nicely with the tomato spread accompanied and much better was the heated garlic clove (one can simply spoon it out and spread it on the bread), didn't have to ask for balsamic vinegar or olive oil as they are available on each table. We tried quite a few dishes, including Parma melon ham and appetizer platter, black mussel with cream white wine sauce, penne with tomato and chorizo . At first we cant decide of what to order, than I got this girl, pretty face very nice and sincere girl with big necklace, I believe she is the Manager, I asked her at least about 10 dishes, lastly my children ordered from the special menu of Mother's Day- Rib beef steaks and baby pork ribs she explained to me very well and quite patience. I meant to order another 2 more main dishes, but she suggest me see, luckily I listened to the advise,
Although it was the busy time of the restaurant, but the staff was caring the order of every customer as in the end we have to pack the left over food. Usually the restaurant staff is always pushing you to order more but in there they didn't do which make me appreciated their service and food more. Food wise, their recommendations are good, however the plate and board are too big and tables are too small.
The best dish I think is the black mussel and the penne pasta was also fine, I think it can be more creative , it's quite boring compare with other food. So the fresh prawn and spring chicken , I'll order next time.
The antipasto platter was a delight, with thick sliced and rolled tuna piece, 5 types of ham each with its distinct taste, freshly accompanied by the Caesar salad, well this isn't authentic and yet they match anyway, not to forget the tuna roll, smoked tuna mesh rolled with a slice of wheat bread was a surprise, and pork ribs brought another surprise with slight but strong flavours.
We ordered a pasta and a black mussel, while the plates were served, I asked to place them in the middle as we were going to share, But gosh, the two dishes had already been divided and was served in a single plate for each of us, how nice of them.
All in all the steaks are still very good. We tried the Argentinean rib eye. They actually took the sirloin off the menu, see pic of menu attached. These were done to various degrees of well-ness. All were superb. However, the Argentinean rib eye is still by far the best. I would recommend this anyway who want to try something different especially if you're a steak eater who's tried everything under the sun.
We should have tasted the angus Argentinean steak first, coz it's subtle taste would easily be masked by the strong tomato flavor of the pasta. The tomato sauced penne pasta was indeed al dente with giant fresh prawns, scallops, mussels and clams, taste enlightened by herbs on top. Still I don't deny the well cooked pizza, cheesy and yummy with a slight flavor of truffle oil, one minus point would be the pizza was a bit dry, bit more crispy would complete the dish well.
Last came the dessert, we got tiramisu and espresso on top, there were some complimentary petit four which were very good.
The taste was good but itself was a challenge to taste, it's way too snobbery one's got to hold it at one end while trying to spoon it out on the other...
Quite frankly speaking ,the restaurant is cozy, nice, quiet and romantic. For the quality of food and service, I will say every penny is worth the value for money and this restaurant I would definitely recommend.
Date of Visit: 2013-05-12
Table Wait Time: 0 Minutes
Occasion: Mother's Day
Spending per Head: HKD150 (Dinner)
Rating : Taste5 Environment5 Service5 Hygiene5 Value for Money5
HKU Alumni, Here I Come Again!
3 days ago
InnInn (9 Review(s))
It was my uncle's birthday hence 9 of us including my relatives all went to celebrate at their fav restaurant. I've been here quite a few times already and I have always loved their food. First off, we ordered more dishes than this but I decided to just post the best out of the lot.
Even though many are afraid fo the chicken flu now, but we still really wanted to order the smoked egg.
The yolk was perfect, but they just weren't as good as before because the smokey flavour was a bit blend. It just tasted like soft boiled eggs (I have high expectations for this place)
I'm a lover of stinky tofu and this was fried perfectly! But again, it wasn't too stinky, but I guess that's the norm in HK because owners are afraid they'll stink out all the other patrons. I still like this
This was stewed fish head with glass noodles. I'm not a huge seafood fan, but I couldn't taste alot of seafood in this hence, not sure if that's a good quality for all you seafood lovers out here.
This fried duck is absolutely amazing! Crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside with just the perfect amount of fat. MUST ORDER!
My favorite dish of all time--stewed fatty pork! Yes, it's a very fattening dish and I don't recommand eating this all the time, but GAWD this was delicious. Everythign just melts in your mouth and I think I ate half the dish...
I love spices especially green onions so I ordered this sesame green onion biscuit. It came hot and crispy, but the aroma of the green onion just didn't come out. Still like it though, just not what I expected.
Everyone loved this! Lots of soup and flavour and at one point, we ever ordered another one because it tasted so delicous! <3 <3 <3 LOVE
We orderd the vegetarian bun because everything else had been so fatty. I didn't feel much for it because it was super blend and not just in a vegetarian way, but not too special. Hence, there were still 5 left by the time we left.
Overall, it's a pretty good restaurant and even though I don't know much the whole bill was, I'm sure it's not cheap. We also bought 6 bottles of wine there and yes they do charge corkage $50 per bottle. However, sometimes you can talk to the waiter and they might waive a bottle of two of the corkage fee (depends on your luck)
Recommended Dish(es): 蝦多士,古法鹽焗雞
Date of Visit: 2013-05-21
Table Wait Time: 0 Minutes
Rating : Taste4 Environment4 Service4 Hygiene5 Value for Money4
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