This summer will probably be the last full summer holiday that I have as a college student. So to make the most of my time, I applied for a 3-week internship at an art studio in Hong Kong Island. Learning arts is always so much fun and I am really looking forward to my job. On top of that, I am sooo excited to try out the different restaurants in HK Island!(I studied in a highschool near Central/ Admiralty but I didn't have much time to eat around back then ) Finally, today is my first day of work and I guess this also marks the beginning of my 3 weeks food diary
I forgot to take photos of my breakfast and lunch so I will just begin my food diary with my dining experience in Fiat Caffe. As a cheese fan, I was immediately drawn by Fiat Caffe's cheese-overload menu and I chose the Goat Cheese Pasta almost without a doubt. The pasta is not served in a creamy cheese sauce as I expected. Instead, it was fried with olive oil, onions, garlic and herbs, and then served in a bowl-like crust which was made of goat cheese.
Despite it's appealing outlook, the dish didn't taste good at all. The pasta was too dry; The spicing was extremely unbalanced: the taste of onion was too strong while that of herbs and garlic was too weak (as shown on the photo, there was only a small pinch of herbs and the garlic was almost absent). Also, the pasta was slightly overcooked.
The crust was even more disastrous: I suspect it was premade at least 20 mins before because it was cold, thick, hard, unchewable and extremely oily.
All in all, it was a rather disappointing meal. Maybe I should try their other signature dishes next time and hopefully the food will taste better. Please stay tuned for more reviews on my food experience around Hong Kong Island!
Date of Visit: 2014-07-14 Spending per Head: HK$120 Rating : Taste1 Environment3 Service3 Hygiene3 Value for Money1
I must write coz I am angry with this cafe 2014-06-14 chinxsuika (2 Review(s))
It was a bad experience.
We only determined to try this restaurant at the last minute. In the morning, I called the cafe and the waiter said all bookings were full. I asked if we can walk in, she said yes. So at 7 pm, I arrived earlier on my own, and get a waiting ticket. The man told me that I was on the 3rd table and should be able to get sit down by 7:30 pm. So I just stood near the counter and waited.
15 minutes have passed, all the waiting people have gone their seats, even for those who arrived later than me. I was thinking maybe I have three people and we needed a larger table than those with two, that's why I need to wait for longer. I can understand.
But after that at 720pm, the man come to me and said : "you can now get in, but you need to finish the dinner at 830 pm." It is radiculous, you are a cafe and how come you can force your customer to finish the dinner with 1 hour and 10 minutes. And he knew that my friends re still coming. If this is the case, he should tell me at the very first beginning. I double confirmed with him if we really have to return the table at 0830pm. He said, lets wait until 730pm, I will tell you. I think, ok, i have waited for 20 minutes, 10 more minutes is not a problem to me.
And then I wait, .. till 730pm, the man didnt talk to me, just keep on busying with his stuff, but actually not much customers have come in. I am so angry. At least, you should tell me there is no table, and then I can go away to another restaurant.
10 more minutes passed but nobody spoke to me. My friend has arrived and I was super furious. I told her the case and we both walked out of the restaurant. And just a few steps away, the man went out and waved his hand to me. Okay,,, we didnt want to find another restaurant because we were tired. So we accepted his offer.
We got into the cafe, and found out that there were lots of space actually.. Just didnt let me in and keep me standing for more than half hour outside. What's a customer service.
Okay, we ordered the food:
1. Salad with truffle and cheese
It was a disaster, the salad is sweet and and the cheese is just like cream.. We asked why the cheese tasted like this, the waiter answered because it tasted like this. What answer is it.. And the portion is so that "Small"!!
2. Barbecue-sauced Chicken wings
Ok, this is acceptable, but there were only four wings.
3. Mussels in white wine and bread
Omg, another disaster. The smallest mussels I have ever seen .. And the sauce is very salty. Three of us cant eat the bread in salty water..
4. Shrimp Spagehetti
Ok, this is the best. Spagehetti is good.
It seems like we have eaten nothing .. and we decided to have another meal in another restaurant. What's a disaster!
Date of Visit: 2014-06-12 Table Wait Time: 40 Minutes
Spending per Head: HK$180 (Dinner)
Rating : Taste2 Environment3 Service1 Hygiene3 Value for Money1
Confused 2014-04-20 Jess1ca (6 Review(s))
The decor of this restaurant is quite interesting. From the outside, I could not tell if it was a car showroom or a restaurant. I still couldn't really tell when I got inside! There was a car inside the restaurant, and more empty space than table and chairs.
It was tea time but we were given the lunch menu. Since it was quite confusing, my friend and I only ordered 1 creme brulee to try. After ordering, we saw the tea set menu on the wall...
Looking around in the restaurant, parts of the decor were a bit weird. There were glass cake stands around the cashier. From a distance I was excited, thinking it might be some cookie/brownie. Instead, it was stuffed full of tea bags and pasta.
Anyway, the creme brulee came after around 5-10 minutes. The toppings of the creme brulee was not as appetizing as the previous photos. When I tried to scoop my first spoon on creme brulee, the spoon made a loud tap. The hard layer of caramel is extremely thick and hard. It took more than a few taps to take it apart. The caramel layer was not sweet enough, and rather a bit bitter.
However, the inside was very smooth. Not too sweet, and could definately taste the flavours of natural eggs (not custard powder).
The price is reasonable considering it is in Causeway bay and the size is alright.
Date of Visit: 2014-03-22 Table Wait Time: 5 Minutes
Spending per Head: HK$53 (Tea)
Rating : Taste3 Environment3 Service3 Hygiene3 Value for Money3
Oh , be mine Fiat~ 2014-01-26 rebecca_red15 (270 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)
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)
Rating : Taste4 Environment5 Service4 Hygiene4 Value for Money4