English Address : Shop G5-G6, Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Road Causeway Bay
Chinese Address : 銅鑼灣禮頓道77號禮頓中心G5-G6號舖
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Phone No. : 2960 9222
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Categories : Italian | Coffee & Tea Shop
Spending : $41-$100
Overall Score : 3.9
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Stephs852Diary (137 Review(s))
Fiat Caffè是在Fiat汽車陳列室內的一間意式餐廳，以汽車為主題，並供應一系列意式小吃。我很喜歡Fiat Caffè各式的意粉，食物整體而言都是有水準的。店舖面積小，不算闊落，但食物價錢不貴，而且不收加一服務費，是銅鑼灣的一個好去處。
We Hong Kongers love nothing more than a bit of gimmicks, and Fiat Caffè, an Italian cafe at the car brand Fiat's showroom in Hong Kong, is definitely abound with novelty factor. This cafe opened in September 2012, and is located on Leighton Road, just off the heart of the shopping area of Causeway Bay.
Fiat Caffè, catered by Swire Hotels, is a small venue which only accommodates up to around 20 people. The brightly-lit restaurant has a casual set-up which overlooks the street views of Causeway Bay. As this is a cafe as opposed to a proper restaurant, the majority of the dishes are simple and light. Many ingredients are imported from Italy, and the cafe also serves illy coffee. Reservations can be made for dinner, but not for lunch or afternoon tea, and I was invited to have dinner at the restaurant to try some of the new items on the menu.
(1) We started off with the Ricotta, figs, white truffle honey and olive oil ($95). The ingredients of the salad were not chopped up, so we had to do a bit of cutting and slicing ourselves. The figs were fresh and juicy, and the ricotta cheese and creamy and alluring. There was a mild, sensuous taste of white truffle and I wished it was a tad stronger!
(2) Next, we ordered the Seared tuna, cauliflower, almonds hazelnut oil lemon dressing ($110). The seared tuna was chunky and delicious, and the almonds' crunch formed a nice contrast with the softness of the cauliflowers.
(3) One of the signature dishes at Fiat Caffè is the Polpette meat balls, extra rich tomato sauce, riso and chopped parsley ($95). Riso means "rice" in Italian, and I love riso pasta as it is often smooth and fabulously springy if cooked properly. The pasta was cooked to the right consistency, and the tomato sauce was tangy with a mild spicy kick and a fresh taste of herbs.
The meat balls, which were made with beef and pork, had a bouncy texture and a good bite.
(4) We also tried the Strozzapreti pasta, bottarga, lemon parsley and extra virgin olive oil ($185). Strozzapreti pasta is another type of pasta that I adore, as the pasta's curled up shape gives it an excellent texture. The semi-translucent orange slices were bottarga, which are pressed dried eggs of tuna or grey mullet. The bottarga was firm, sticky and a bit salty, as it was prepared by salting fish roes, leaving them to dry for a few days and then pressing them into an elongated shape. Bottarga has to be sliced thinly or sprinkled over pasta, otherwise the taste would be overwhelming. At Fiat Caffè, they have appropriately served the bottarga with pasta simply dressed in olive oil, so that there was enough room for the characteristics of the bottarga to shine. However, our only complaint was that the pasta was a bit dry and more olive oil could have been drizzled over it.
(5) As the all-day menu is limited, there are a few Daily specials available at dinner. On the day we went, it was a rib-eye steak and a Seabass, zucchini, capsicum, balsamico ($145). This dish offered great value for money - priced at $145, there were two to three large pieces of seabass, which were well grilled, moist and tender. The balsamico dressing was very complementary with the fish, and the zucchini and capsicum, even though a tad oily, were vibrant and delectable.
(6) A selection of Gelato Italiano ($40), with a Fiat car printed on the carton's cover, was available, and I went for the Caramel banana flavour. The gelato was airy and smooth, and could be easily scooped up. The taste of banana was fabulous.
(7) The Affogato, Italian Lady Finger Biscuits, Orange Mascarpone ($60) is usually made with ice cream, so this affogato made with orange mascarpone was quite inspiring. Using illy coffee from Italy, the Affogato had a fine, bitter taste and the layering was well balanced, but the mascarpone could be lighter and less dense.
(8) The Peaches, Galliano Syrup, Whipped Vanilla Cream and Almonds ($60) comprised of peaches immersed in Galliano syrup and topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream. I would personally prefer a dessert which is more substantial, but it was sweet and indulgent in its own way.
(9) Lastly, I ordered a cup of Hot Cioccolata, hand whipped cream, almond ($35), and it was thick and creamy, finished off with a few delicate slices of almond.
The cafe only offers a small selection of dishes, but the ones I tried were all reasonably accomplished. Even though the seating in this small venue is not the most luxurious or comfortable, the prices are reasonable and the restaurant doesn't impose a 10% service charge on the bill. Most importantly, Fiat Caffè's location in a car showroom and its car theme certainly helps it stand out from some other eateries in the area!
Rating : Taste4 Environment3 Service4 Hygiene4 Value for Money4
Part Two: Vroom Vroom with Fiat Italian food !!
supersupergirl (2535 Review(s))
Thanks to the lovely cheerful team at Fiat for inviting me to try their new Italian dishes.
I have previously dined at Fiat when they opened last year.
At this tasting session, we tried most of the new signature items.
Seared tuna, cauliflowers, almonds, hazelnut oil, lemon dressing:
I loved this salad because it tangy seared tuna balanced by the delicious hazelnuts.
Not many salads have hazelnuts so this was a real treat.
The cauliflower was nice and soft and there were crispy pieces of bread that add crisp to the salad.
Slow cooked cod fish, mixed capers, shallots, lemon, fried garlic and herbs:
This salad was green and grassy which brought out the flavour of the cod.
The cod is sliced thinly and tasted really nice with the salad.
The red leaves in the salad gave it a nice visual touch.
Portobello mushrooms, castelmagno cheese, artichoke, mint and fava beans:
This was my favourite because it had all my favourite items.
The mushroom was nicely grilled and extremely juicy, the cheese was very crumbly and floury but not that cheesy.
Polpette meat balls with extra rich tomato sauce, rice shaped pasta and chopped parsley:
This was one of my favourites because the rice shaped pasta was delicious. It was similar to eating rice but it was slightly softer and al-dente.
The tomato sauce was rich and tangy too with lots of parsley too and paired nicely with the minced meat balls.
“Cacio e pepe” spaghetti, black pepper, pecorino cheese and olive oil:
The appearance of this was interesting, the spaghetti was contained in a dish that was made of fried cheese.
It is similar to the chinese taro nest made of grated taro, but here it was grated cheese made into a bowl.
The spaghetti was heavily spiced with black pepper which balanced out the cheesyness of the cheese.
Blue mussels, white wine, onion and parsley:
The mussels were plump and fresh and not the frozen ones.
The white wine sauce was full of flavour and made every mussel a star.
Peaches, Galliano syrup, whipped vanilla cream and almonds:
To end the gorgeous meal, this dessert was light and dreamy especially the whipped vanilla cream and the crunchy almonds.
Affogatto, Italian lady finger bisciuits, orange mascarpone:
This was delicious and the alcohol in this was really strong and the affogatto concoction was extremely creamy.
Honey figs margarita:
I have never tried a drink with figs so this was worth trying and it was non-alcoholic too.
When it came, it was pink garnished with a sprig of mint on top.
I was worried it would be quite sweet but it turned out really nice with crushed figs at the bottom of the drink.
The drink was really refreshing and not syrupy followed by the lovely fizzyness of the carbonated water.
Home marinated limes, cinnamon, cloves, cane sugar:
For cinnamon lovers, the cinnamon taste and smell is strong and very different to cinnamon powder.
They serve a whole cinnamon stick/quill in the drink.
The marinated lime was not sour and the drink was quite sweet as a whole.
Tea by Forte:
Compared to my previous visit, the tea is now served in a ceramic cup and not in a tall glass which is an improvement and brings out the full tea flavour.
Fiat is part of the Swire group where they take catering seriously, and it is really nice to have casual Italian food every now and again in a fun environment.
However for improvements, the table could be more spacious.
The salt and pepper grinders and the cutlery holder seem to take up some space on the table.
Since my last visit, this seems to be the only improvement I want to see because their food is great.
First visit in April 2012 - Paid and not a tasting:
Dining Offers: Tasting Event
Rating : Taste4 Environment4 Service4 Hygiene4 Value for Money4
mamamia great Italian cookies
charmama (13 Review(s))
Yes, we went over to Fiat Caffe for chaser after the big brunch at Fung Shing this morning.
We ordered coffee, cappuccino and assortment of Italian cookies. Coffee and cappuccino arrived first. They were ok, nothing to brag about except they offered top quality La Perruche sugar which i must give them credit for attention to details. (one 5 star hotel in town use packed sugar...) BUT Wait..the Italian cookies were outstanding. The macaroons with chocolate mousse dipped in dark chocolate was heavenly- not too sweet with great almond flavor. The fruit biscotti had interesting texture which when dipped in coffee, was made for each other. The cone shaped almond macaroons tasted honest and not some look alike as in other shops.
Go for the Italian cookies when you visit this cute coffee shop.
Recommended Dish(es): Italian cookies
Date of Visit: 2012-10-09
Table Wait Time: 0 Minutes
Spending per Head: HKD40
Rating : Taste4 Environment4 Service4 Hygiene4 Value for Money4
Still A Bargain for Dinner. No 10% either
HK Epicurus (1077 Review(s))
Daily Menu -
I have already reviewed here previously, this is a re-review of some of the NEW or likable Fiat Caffe dishes.
Red Wine -
Figs with White Truffle Honey and Ricotta - $80
I like this combination of flavours but the white truffle is not so apparent, and the honey is over-poweringly sweet. I think the combination of Sheep Ricotta vs Honey really needs judiscial judgment to bring out the best. ~ 6.5/10
Fried Pancetta, Tomato, Fried Egg and Truffle - $70
This sounded promising, but somehow the Pancetta flavour was overwhelmed by the sour tomatoes, and the truffle influence was muted. Needs more balance. Could have been great. ~ 6/10
Sardines and Toasted Sourdough - $70
Haven't seen this for a while now, but it was one of the BEST dishes here. With fatty and meaty sardines, served with a capers mayo and tomato sauce. Hope they bring it back 1 day. ~ 9/10
Spaghetti with Duck, Tomato -
A bit ordinary. Not much sophistication in terms of recipe. But edible. ~ 6/10
White and Green Asparagus, Poached Egg, Salted Pork Neck and Truffled Butter - $90
This was great. everything worked well together. The truffle paste butter with the runny egg-yok was a match in heaven. The twin asparagus sprigs were cooked well and not fibrous. Addictive stuff especially with the salty pork neck. *Asparagus are not in season in the Northern Hemisphere but they can be sourced down South, but it works well with the truffle component somehow. ~ 9/10
Shrimp with Radicchio, Basil and Linguine - $85
Pastas here were never that great, but as time goes by it has improved!! The linguine was finally not limpy but cooked spot-on, and for the price a lot of prawn was given. The Radicchio and Basil balanced the meal. This was quite good and didn't tasted all localized Hong Kong at least by execution. Good job. ~ 7.5/10
Overall, you can spend under $100-$150 per person here on average, and there is no 10% surcharge. The food is done adequately but not exceptional, but then again as a Caffe, it was always meant to be daily approachable!
Spending per Head: HKD90
Rating : Taste3 Environment3 Service5 Hygiene4 Value for Money5
Prestigious vehicle dining in a hustle
oishiideliciousx2 (38 Review(s))
Feeling fatigue and drowsy after getting my new pair of glasses in Causeway Bay and on medication due to foot injuries. So this time we would like to have a meal in a relaxing environment just like that in Fiat Caffé.
Fiat as you all may have known is an Italian car brand and it opened a café in the middle of Causeway Bay!! The café is so close to Time Square where all the hustle and bustling are and I cannot believe such oasis exists until Adorable leads me to the place.
The place is where a car dealer situated and the café itself is covered up by the cars outside (so that’s why no one finds this spot!!! ). The place is very tranquil and we are the second pair of customers in the café. The cuisine served in the café is Italian, and we ordered: A dinner set including: 1) Broad beans dill Risotto, 2) Minestrone, 3) Italian salad and Branded gelato (XTC: One of our favorite ice cream brands!) and a meat ball with extra tomato sauce dill risotto.
The Minestrone came first and the portion is small but of good quality . Italian salad is okay and not much special. However, the broad beans dill Risotto and the meat ball with extra tomato sauce dill risotto are al dente . The sauce is rich in flavor and rice is very tangy . Meat balls are handmade and you will never feel that it is the type that you taken from the refrigerator .
After we had the main dishes, Adorable enjoyed her Gelato and I had order a nice cup of mocha after meal. The experience is fine and relaxing as we are surrounded by expensive cars in a quiet place and in a bustling Causeway Bay.
A quiet and tranquil place in Causeway Bay. Worthwhile to go.
Recommended Dish(es): risotto
Date of Visit: 2012-09-03
Table Wait Time: 0 Minutes
Spending per Head: HKD150 (Dinner)
Rating : Taste4 Environment5 Service3 Hygiene4 Value for Money4
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