Oh , be mine Fiat~ 2014-01-26 rebecca_red15 (190 Review(s))
What brought me here: The Fiat Caffe has always been on my list to try, so when my friend visiting from Canada asked me to pick a place in Causeway Bay to try, I chose this! Environment & Hygiene: The restaurant wasn't as big and comfortable as I had imagined it to be. It felt werid dining inside a show room. On the right side of the restaurant is where the car lies, along with some merchandise! Then, on the left was the main dining area. I think they need bigger tables, since the staff had to keep rearranging our plates whenever a dish came. Hygiene was okay, but I didn't understand why the staff had to remove the little plate of salad that came with the panini off the board because her hands almost or if not already touched the salad.
Taste & Value: My friend wasn't too hungry, but still we ordered three items off their menu, along with a drink each. Specialty Coffee- Coconut with Lime Espresso with Milk ($45) This was one weird drink. It wasn't bad, but not outstanding either. The taste of coconut with espresso was very interesting, but towards the end, the lime was too much. I would probably stick with a more conventional hot drink next time, but I don't regret trying it. I thought it was quite pricey for a drink that wasn't filled completely and had more ice than liquid. Appetizer- Grilled Octopus with Arugula ($88) The octopus was cooked just right; not tough or chewy at all. I liked the charcoal flavours that it had. Also, the arugula and acidity of the lemon made it a really refreshing dish to eat. Panini- Balsamic Mushroom & Cheese ($68) This panini was a bit disappointing. The sandwich wasn't very warm, and the bread didn't taste like leftovers. Also, I was expecting the balsamic to be stronger. This panini was underseasoned I can say. Pasta- Pesto Shrimp Linguini ($138) This pasta was the best dish out of everything that we ordered. It came with 4 reasonably sized shrimps that were cooked just right. The pasta was al dente, and the pesto was just amazing. This dish was so tasty that I could have had it all to myself! Service: The service was okay. Nothing too special worth commenting on.
Final Verdict: I really did like the pesto pasta, and would go back for it anytime.
Supplementary Information： I got 10% off by showing the Lee Gardens card.
Date of Visit: 2014-01-25 Table Wait Time: 0 Minutes
Spending per Head: HK$200 (Lunch)
Overall Rating : Taste3 Environment3 Service3 Hygiene3 Value for Money2
Wow...amazing =) 2013-11-04 BSTY (1 Review(s))
had friend in town this week, so i brought her to one of my favourite rest - Fiat Caffe.
Busy atmosphere but the staffs all with smile
We started with meat balls, mushroom soup and prama ham as appetizer.
I love the meat balls so much, not dry as traditional style! SO YUMMY Followed by Mussels and linguini with vongole
Mussels are so big and fresh today and the sauce was amazing.
For the linguini, so fair so good...i like the pesto with shrimp more than this.
We would like to have the creme burlee as desserts but its sold out
Recommended Dish(es): meat balls,linguini,Blue mussels Date of Visit: 2013-11-02 Table Wait Time: 5 Minutes
Spending per Head: HK$200 (Dinner)
Overall Rating : Taste4 Environment5 Service4 Hygiene4 Value for Money4
Very disappointing lately 2013-10-22 boybranik (1 Review(s))
When I first tried this place earlier in the year I loved it, my gf and I had a different pasta each, and a glass of wine, it was all very very nice, and not too pricey, but then again it is more of a cafe feel than a restaurant, so the price should reflect that.
My last 3 visits have put me off going again.
Visit 2 a few weeks ago - I had their creamy chicken pasta. Far too much cream, far too rich, and very difficult to eat a lot. Any Italian creamy pasta base must also be quite light to avoid being too filling, so I was very disappointed with this dish and could not finish more than half of it, and I felt very bloated afterwards.
Visit 3 shortly after that - I saw a screen near entrance showing they do paninis for take out, so I went there a few days later and asked for a take away lunch. The waitress said we do not offer take out. So I took her to the screen and showed her where it said take out available. This is poor staff training, if their staff do not even know what they are advertising and offering!
Rather than just say ok sorry, she asked me to wait one minute, and went over to a manager type person and talked to him. He then came over and invited me to sit down and asked me to read the menu to choose my take away item. This was much more professional.
I chose their bbq chicken salad, which on the menu sounded delicious. In reality when I got back to my office and opened it, I was looking at the blandest/plainest looking salad I had ever seen, nothing like the Italian tasty description on the menu. The chicken was in tiny diced cubes like a bad school dinner, and covered in a small amount of what tasted like supermarket bbq sauce. The salad itself was simipy lettuce and tomato as far as I recall, with no dressing or seasoning. For an Italian themed cafe/restaurant, this did not reflect any style of Italian cooking whatsoever, and seemed to be nothing like the attractive menu description.
I was hoping after trying this salad that Fiat Caffe would become a regular take away lunch spot for me, due to their salads and paninis being very tasty, but it seemed I was wrong about this, and I immediately vowed never to have a take away salad lunch from them again. The salad was definitely not worth the charge of almost HKD 90 either. If it would have had big chunks of tasty grilled chicken, and Italian style salad, like the menu description, then maybe my opinion would have been different, but the chicken was the plainest and most boring tiny cubes I have ever eaten. An Italian person would have laughed in their faces had they seen this salad, and would no doubt have refused to pay.
Visit 4 today - I hadn't tried a panini yet, so I thought I would try today. I arrived there to be the only person in the cafe. I ordered a cheese, mushroom, and tomato panini, and a latte. The latte came quickly around the same time that a woman and her young son came in. A salad arrived for them shortly after, and it took over 15 minutes for my panini to arrive.
Considering there were no other people in the caffe, and a few chefs visible in the kitchen, I was surprised that they could not get the panini done it less than 10 minutes.
When it arrived I was quite shocked. It was tiny, like a child's portion size. For HKD 68 it should have been a lot bigger. I also could not see any filling, as there was hardly any inside, so it was not visible from the sides of the panini. Not at all attractive to look at. Food is not just about taste, it is also strongly about presentation. You know the feeling when you are looking forward to a meal, and when it arrives it looks and smells fabulous, and you smile and can't wait to taste it. My feeling today was the opposite of this, and one of huge disappointment.
The bread also was not cooked properly, it was soft and just warm, but a panini should be crispy on both sides and hot, with melted cheese in the middle, when cooked in a proper panini machine. It was as if they just put the ingredients in to a raw panini. I am sure that they did not use a proper panini machine for this.
The overall flavour with the mushrooms and tomato was poor and virtually tasteless, due to there being hardly any filling inside the panini. This plus the salad I had last time were both extremely disappointing.
It's such a shame, as the cafe itself is lovely to look at, it has a nice vibe, and some of the pastas/evening meals are very very good. But to be a good cafe/restaurant, it is not enough to just have a few select meals that are good.
Everything has to be good, AND value for money, and until Fiat Caffe realises this and ups its' game, I shall not be returning.
Date of Visit: 2013-10-22 Table Wait Time: 0 Minutes
Spending per Head: HK$111 (Lunch)
Overall Rating : Taste1 Environment5 Service2 Hygiene5 Value for Money1
Nice dining on a red baby seat next to a red car 2013-10-09 lauloretta (1 Review(s))
We finally got the chance to try this restaurant. This is one we (actually my son – mainly because of the eye catching red car inside) wanted to try for long time but we didn’t because they didn’t have baby seat previously – finally they have, which is a pretty nice one. This time my son was very excited siting on a red baby seat, eating next to a real red car! ;P We went there for tea so ordered mainly light dishes. ~ The wild mushroom with cheese pasta (forgot the name) was pretty nice – I loved the strong wild mushroom taste. And even my “picky” son liked it quite much. This is a kid friendly dish. ~ He also liked the sea salt caramel ice-cream very much – he again liked the red car on the cup! The mixture of salty and sweet taste is very special indeed. ~ What I liked most is the molten chocolate cake, which served with the vanilla ice-cream – warm melting chocolate crossing cold ice-cream! Yum!! ~ We also ordered the fig ham salad – the taste is not bad (I liked the honey taste), but they should improve the presentation by placing the figs on the top instead of at the bottom.
Recommended Dish(es): wild mushroom cheese pasta (forgot exact name),sea salt caramel ice-cream,molten chocolate cake Date of Visit: 2013-10-06 Table Wait Time: 5 Minutes
Spending per Head: HK$80 (Tea)
Overall Rating : Taste4 Environment5 Service4 Hygiene5 Value for Money4
Special design/decor restaurant with nice food 2013-09-24 lorettalmw (1 Review(s))
I went there for lunch with a friend. We were very much attracted by the special design/decor/setting (esp with an eye catching car inside the restaurant which I never found in any other restaurants in HK) and the nice environment there. Why not have a try? We ordered from the lunch set menu. I especially like the “wild mushroom soup” which has a very nice & strong wild mushroom taste – YUM! Also I ordered the “asparagus & crab meat with ink spaghetti” - I pretty like the al dente spaghetti. My friend said the “orange duck breast salad” is a good choice too.
The price is very reasonable, esp in Causeway Bay. And considered the special design/decor/setting, food quality, nice envir, etc., I’d say it’s definitely a value for money choice. I’ll go again with friends next time.
Recommended Dish(es): asparagus,wild mushroom soup Date of Visit: 2013-09-23 Table Wait Time: 0 Minutes
Spending per Head: HK$110 (Lunch)
Overall Rating : Taste5 Environment5 Service4 Hygiene5 Value for Money4