Monday, February 16, 2015

Cafe Causette, Mandarin Oriental Hotel - New Set Dinner Menus from $248

 We were invited over by the Hotel to sample the latest Dinner Set Menu,  which are priced at 2 Courses for $248 and 3 Courses for $348 + 10%.    I am starting to feel that in the past Cafe Causette was more casual in concept,  yet  these days they are being more exploratory and doing a lot of either modern dishes or traditional European dishes too,  which is elevating it to upper class bistro or even fine dining quality with certain dishes.  A previous combined review of 3 separate visits can be found here  (     We dined as 3 people and since each Course Category had 3 options,  we naturally just pick all of them to share !  


Cheese Bread -
With Pesto dip.   The permanent item here although the dip changes occasionally.

Nourishing Juices – $98
I ordered Green Apple,  Cucumber,  Stevia Powder, Celery & Mint Leaves. 



Beetroot Marinated Salmon,  Roasted Beetroots and Puree with Herbs and Edible Soil -
Also has some creme fraiche and salmon roes on top,  this was a lovely starter and the salmon is chunkily diced,  which is a novel idea and I loved it.  Note that this is a little salty but I like salty food so it doesn’t affect me!    ~ 8/10




Salad of Baby Gem with Blue Cheese Sauce,  Grapes,  Pears and Walnuts -
This sounded too healthy initially but surprising this was very likeable with the blue cheese dressing,  which worked surprisingly well with the fruits and there was another type of shaved cheese on top.   ~ 8.5/10




Egg Yolk Ravioli with Dehydrated Cauliflower,  Cauliflower Veloute, Parmesan and Truffle -
A must order here and so artisanally hand made,  and hence I find Cafe Causette to be upgrading itself these days.  The pasta skin is baked too so it carries a crispy edge to it,  noticeably different compared to the other egg yolk ravioli versions in town.   I had the urge to pop all of them morsels into my mouth for myself,  but I am a gentlemen so I shared and divided!  ~ 9/10




Pan-fried Seabream,  Boulangere Potatoes, Salsa Verde sauce -
This fish had a really crispy skin and there’s a lot of sliced potatoes underneath. 
For a fish dish this is actually a bit heavy but during winter,  I like them this way.   ~ 8/10




Spicy Lemon Chicken with Sesame and Rice -
It’s not that spicy.  Whilst the chicken was fried well,  the sauce which is made from both Lime and Lemon wasn’t sour enough personally speaking.   It’s going down the safe route quite a bit and I think it needed just a tad more character?   ~ 6.5/10




Home Made Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni,  with Tomato and Pecorino -
Surprisingly this was my favourite Main Course!  The lovely thing about this dish is that it has a lot of flavourful spinach inside,  rather than the other way around and too cheesy.   The gratinated Pecorino on top was fragrant and the tomato sugo actually had a great acidity which made this more the appetizing.  Can’t believe this is Vegetarian in hindsight as it had a lot of packed flavours!  ~ 9/10




Crispy Chocolate Devil Cake with White Rum Ice Cream -
It has a crispy base and was rich and lovely,  but I had to stop after 1 bite as it was a ladies world after the mains for me.   I think the rum ice cream can have more rum taste though.  ~ 8/10




Tiramisu -
Seems to have evolved again.   A safe version without alcohol spike.


Pavlova with Seasonal Fruits -
Interesting presentation.   The meringue shell reminds me of the ones you see in Europe a lot,  and this is filled with some fruits – quite artistic looking and daring actually.  I loved this the best as it’s lighter and not too sweet for me !     So for only $248 starting with 2 Courses,  this is actually quite decent value for money especially for this Hotel Setting.  For an additional $220 you even get 2 glassed of wines !  ~ 8.5/10




Price:  $348 + 10% Per Person  (This Meal was via Invitation as a Preview)
Food:  ♕♕♕♕ - ♕♕♕♕ 1/2

Address:  中環干諾道中5號香港文華東方酒店 Level M
Level M, Mandarin Oriental Hotel,  5 Connaught Road, Central,  Hong Kong
Ph:  2825 4005

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