English Address : M/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central Central
Chinese Address : 中環干諾道中5號香港文華東方酒店閣樓
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Phone No. : 2825 4005
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Categories : Western | Western Restaurant | Hotel Restaurant | Casual Drink
Spending : $101-$150
Overall Score : 3.9
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LL99 (73 Review(s))
It seems that I am having quite a scone obsession lately as I find myself sitting down to an afternoon tea set practically every weekend~
So having heard about the renowned scones served at Mandarin Oriental accompanied with their special rose petal jam, I finally made a reservation for a Saturday tea. Originally, I was planning to book at the Clipper Lounge which is the usual place where afternoon tea takes place at the Mandarin, but since it was full already, I took the second option of tea-ing at Cafe Causette.
The lay out of Cafe Causette is like a long corridor, with a row of tables facing the windows. It's not exactly what you would call a relaxing environment, but is more like a casual setting. The Cafe actually adjoins the Mandarin Cake shop, so for those that plan to walk-in but end up waiting for a table, you can always admire their display of chocolate sculptures as well as their pretty, dainty cakes.
There are two variety of tea sets that can be ordered, the Classic Afternoon Tea Set or the Mandarin Tea Set. They both offer finger sandwiches, cakes and scones, but the only difference is that the Mandarin Tea Set allows you to select the fillings of your sandwiches and includes a third tier of warm savoury pastries.
I ordered the Classic Afternoon Tea Set with Earl Grey Tea. The tea was only so-so, but perhaps I have been spoilt by the Earl Grey from Fortnum & Mason so I really should not compare.
Now to the tea set. First came the scones, raisin and plain, served warm and toasty in a basket.
They are quite big in size which is good if you are a scone lover and the waft of buttery aroma really is quite comforting. The texture of the scone was balanced where the outside had baked to a firm shell while the inside still retained its fluffiness. So with the jam all spread evenly on the scone, I was really anticipating my first bite.. but.. the scone itself was slightly bitter which I assume is from too much bicarbonate in the mixture.
I must say I preferred the raisin scone over the plain as the sweetness from the raisins helped mask the bitterness. The jam itself was a mixture of rose and strawberry and was noticeably more sour than your normal strawberry jam. Not really to my taste, but it was worth trying.
The tiered stand soon arrived, with the top tier holding the sandwiches and the cakes on the bottom. The sandwiches consisted of york ham and mustard, cream cheese and cucumber in a soft roll and smoked salmon with sour cream. They really were not that special. The bread was dry and a little hard, and the fillings were minimal.
The cakes however were surprisingly good, very pretty with pictures drawn on fondant icing decorating them. The left yellow square was their version of a New York cheesecake, but with no biscuit base. This was very good. Smooth and creamy with a rich flavour. Recommended! In the middle was a slice of coffee/tiramisu cake. Quite ordinary, it was not dry, but not exactly moist with a light coffee flavour. And on the right was a chocolate ganache cake. This is perfect for the chocoholics out there, dark and decadent with a full bodied cocoa taste. Also recommended~
All in all, I will definitely come back for their cakes
Date of Visit: 2012-05-12
Spending per Head: HKD220
Overall Rating : Taste3 Environment3 Service3 Hygiene4 Value for Money3
Limited Edition Pulled Burgers
辣子 (1474 Review(s))
Having heard so much about the limited edition pulled burgers @ Café Causette, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, I finally had a chance to try them out with some fellow foodies.
At just $88 for a tasting platter of five different mini pulled burgers, it was definitely a steal. You can also vote for up to 2 of you favourite burgers so that they would be added to the menu (in regular size) on April 2.
(Just a small issue on the naming here - would it be more appropriate for them to be called pulled (meat) burgers as one of my fellow foodies rightly pointed out, it was the meat NOT the burger that was pulled ).
Anyway...we were seated at Café Causette at 7 pm, and shortly afterwards we saw the burger platters started churning out from the kitchen.
And before long we were served bread with herbed butter and onion chutney,
yes the bread (with a little bit of melted cheese inside) was hearty, but by then our burgers had already arrived and we started snapping off from every possible angle so this bread sadly got ignored later on...
Here comes the burger platter. These mini burgers are usually called sliders and are popular pub food. I don't frequent pubs and have no further comments on this point. According to promotional material from the restaurant, the pulled burger meat is marinated and slow cooked in a particular combination of sauces for about 14 hours to keep the juices and flavours.
And these are the 5 kinds of burgers (not eaten in that order):
Slow-Cooked Short Rib Pulled BEEF: Kansas City Rib Sauce - the pulled beef shreds were sweet like beef jerky, not that impressive
Braised Pulled PORK Culottes: Kentucky BBQ Sauce, XO Mayonnaise - there was that bit of smokiness in the BBQ sauce, and the meat flavour was on the sweet side as well
[Stewed Pulled LAMB Shoulder: East Texas BBQ Sauce, Mustard Mayonnaise -
OK this was voted my #1 favourite not only because I love lamb but also that it was really well executed. The lamb was gamey yet still tender, the mustard mayo was tangy and complemented the relatively strong taste of the lamb. I wouldn't mind having it in normal size, but for this one, small is more beautiful.
Confit Corn-Fed Pulled CHICKEN Leg: North Carolina BBQ Sauce, Hot Pepper Mayonnaise - the only things I remembered tasting in this burger were the small ring of onion and the piece of pickle, i.e. the so-called "hotness" in the sauces wasn't that prominent.
Pork BELLY: Kim Chi, Freshly Shucked Oysters -
Hmm this is the 2nd best. Lucky that I ate this one first. The combination was quite innonvative: pork belly + kimchi + oyster - was it an imitation of some Korean dish? The kimchi was blended into a sauce which provided some pick-me-up sourness; the small oyster was juicy, and the slice of pork belly was rich but not greasy.
A good part of the credit goes to the burger buns though. Presumably backed up by MO Cake Shop fame (just my guess), the lightly floured buns were soft and spongy, but even better if the burgers were hotter on serving. (A bit hard to prove given that we'd been taking picutures of them for so long. )
Overall an interesting experiment on flavours, and I definite look forward to seeing which burger(s) eventually stay on the menu which may prompt another visit.
Available till Sunday 25 March 2012.
Spending per Head: HKD100 (Dinner)
Overall Rating : Taste4 Environment4 Service4 Hygiene4 Value for Money3
Mini Pulled Meat Burgers from 12th to 25th March
HK Epicurus (1077 Review(s))
Cafe Causette will be hosting an American themed Pulled Meat Burgers event from the 12th to the 25th of March. A set of 5 Burgers are available at only $88 after 6pm during Dinner - after the tasting session, the customers are asked to vote for their favourite 2 burgers so they could find a place on the next menu update, as a permanent fixture!
The recipes are quite promising indeed, although I think they could do with a bit more sauces too. I have my favourite 2 choices, what are your ones?
Bread and Cream Cheese spread has always been good here
Set of 5 Mini Pulled Meat Burgers - $88 for 5
1. - Pork Belly with Freshly Shucked Oyster & Kimchi (Bo Ssiam inspired)
2. - Braised Pulled Pork Culottes. Kentucky BBQ Sauce & XO Mayonnaise
3. - Slow Cooked Short Rib Pulled Beef, Kansas City Rib Sauce & Bone Marrow Mayonnaise
4. - Stewed Lamb Shoulder, East Texas BBQ Sauce and Mustard Mayonnaise
5. - Confit Corn-fed Pulled Chicken Leg, North Carolina BBQ Sauce, Hot Pepper Mayonnaise
Braised Pulled Pork Culottes with Kentucky BBQ Sauce & XO Mayonnaise burger..
Pork Belly with Freshly Shucked Oyster & Kimchi (Bo Ssiam inspired)
Salad & Chips, for additional $58
Tiramisu with Shaved Chocolate $82
This is a very huge serving of Tiramisu and really good. Recommend to share between a few people!
Warm Winter Drink -
Made by boiling Cider and a bit of Cinnamon and spice. Very enjoyable this one.
Dining Offers: Tasting Event
Overall Rating : Taste4 Environment4 Service5 Hygiene4 Value for Money4
Solid food and service
muncher (2 Review(s))
I am a regular at Cafe Causette. The food is generally solid and likewise the service. I feel comfortable because I know I will be getting consistency, quality of food ingredients and attentive (but not overbearing) service every time. I come here to decompress and just enjoy my meal time. This is the Mandarin so if you have a reasonable request they will try to make sure you get what you want. They are also very respectful of people's need to finish the meal by a certain time, so service is prompt. They will also let you know if a certain dish has a minimum preparation time so that you may choose something else if pressed for time.
I have not tried everything on the menu,. As noted above, I come here to decompress, not to be adventurous. Personal favorites of me and my significant other: healthy braised bean curb with brown rice, salmon pizza (special request), Singapore laksa, vegetarian noodle soup (special request), flower salad with hummus dressing. The pasta is OK, but I don't really come here for the pasta. Interestingly, I never eat curry in Cafe Causette (only in the Captain's Bar for lunch or the Chinnery for dinner), but Mandarin curry is a good, moderate curry that won't cause digestive explosions. Once upon a time when I ate chicken, had the Hainan chicken rice (a Cafe Causette signature dish apparently). Would recommend it to chicken eaters (can specify dark or light meat). Don't really eat the desserts from the cake shop, but on the occasions I have they are delicious (would expect that!).
Definitely need reservations for weekday lunch (regular spot for the business crowd) and weekend lunch/tea. Dinner I haven't found the need for reservations. This is a hotel restaurant so expect prices to be a bit more expensive. I regularly spend HKD400-500 for a business lunch for two or HKD600-700 for dinner for two. But I've spent as much or more at restaurants in Soho with cr@ppier service, so I consider Cafe Causette a relative bargain for no headache.
Date of Visit: 2012-03-06
Table Wait Time: 0 Minutes
Spending per Head: HKD300 (Dinner)
Overall Rating : Taste5 Environment5 Service5 Hygiene5 Value for Money5
winkipinki228 (77 Review(s))
fresh blew Latte, good coffee aroma
The tea set has 3 layers including sandwiches, salty snacks and sweet patries, also has two scones. The scone is very soft and heavy butter tasty. They provide fresh cream and fresh rose jam. The Rose jam is the best part of the scone. The scone with the Rose jam cost HK$65 + 10% service charge. Now the two scones are included in the Tea set.
The sandwiches are good.
The pastries are not too sweet.
I will not forget how tasty the Scone was!
Cafe Causette is a good place to hang out with friends or business chatting. It has comfortable seating and good service. I was there with my girlfriend on a Sat afternoon. We did not make reservation in advance but lucky enough to have table upon arrival. While we enjoyed our tea set and coffee, we saw a crew of TVB team was casting outside of our hotel. We watched their filming for the whole time, very fun experience. The tea set for one person could serve for two people if you don't eat a lot. We wanted to save room for dinner.
I'll definately bring friends and family to there again.
Recommended Dish(es): Scones,Cafe Latte
Date of Visit: 2011-09-10
Table Wait Time: 0 Minutes
Spending per Head: HKD180 (Tea)
Overall Rating : Taste5 Environment5 Service5 Hygiene5 Value for Money3
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