Rating: ★★★★☆

Address: M/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central 中環干諾道中5號香港文華東方酒店閣樓

Telephone: 2825 4005

https://www.mandarinoriental.com/hongkong/fine-dining/cafe-causette/

As a food blogger, I try out many new restaurants every month, so I rarely get the chance to visit the same restaurant too many times. However, there are a few tried and tested restaurants in town that I don’t mind going back time after time, and Cafe Causette at Mandarin Oriental is one of them.

Cafe Causette is an all-day dining restaurant that offers a range of international dishes in a bright, relaxing venue. Some of the restaurant’s signature dishes include the Hainan Chicken Rice and Mandarin Burger, which are both definitely very delicious! It is worth noting that this is a restaurant that serves refined, healthy food using topshelf ingredients. The flavourings are generally quite light and the food is generally not oily at all, therefore do adjust your expectations accordingly!

The restaurant has recently introduced a set dinner menu at $248 for 2 courses and $348 for 3 courses, which offers excellent value compared with their à la carte menu. Even though I love coming to Cafe Causette and ordering the same dishes every time, I decide to give this set menu a try.

(1) Cafe Causette’s signature Charter Cheese Bread is brought to our table, and it is served with a homemade pesto dip.

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(2) There is a range of juices on the menu designed by detox expert Jennifer Thompson, who is visiting the Mandarin Spa, and I definitely have to try one of them out! I order the Banana and Coconut Water Recharge ($98), which is made from a healthy blend of banana, pineapple, flaxseed, ginger, coconut water and baby spinach. The juice is smooth, and tastes sweet and mellow. However, I personally prefer a thicker, more smoothie-like texture.

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(3) The beetroot marinated salmon arrives, and this dish tastes as delicious as it looks. The salmon is well cured and tastes pristine, and the salad leaves and fish roe add extra touches of flavour.

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(4) The salad of baby gem is not for the faint-hearted, as it tastes quite distinctively of blue cheese. If you are a cheese lover, however, you are going to adore this pungent salad.

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(5) The egg yolk ravioli is my favourite appetiser of the three. The ravioli is perfectly al dente, and the flavours are attractive and succinct. Each of them is completely packed with egg yolk, which elegantly flows out as you cut it open.

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(6) Moving on to the mains, we first try the spicy lemon chicken. I love the tenderness of the chicken, but it isn’t spicy or lemony enough. I would also like the surface to be more crispy!

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(7) The homemade spinach and ricotta cannelloni is gorgeously stuffed with spinach, and the flavours are clean yet fabulous. A very tasty option indeed for vegetarians! 

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(8) The pan-fried sea bream has an excellent outer crispiness and is tender and flaky underneath the skin. Again, this is a light, clean-tasting dish that won’t leave you feeling uncomfortably full.

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(9) I haven’t had pavlova in a long time and this one at Cafe Causette is very well executed. The pavlova is crispy and airy, and the level of sweetness is perfect for me.

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(10) The tiramisu is creamy and delicious, and I particularly adore the chocolate shavings on top of it.

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(11) Last but not least, the crispy chocolate devil cake arrives. This is surely a dessert for chocolate lovers, as the cocoa flavour is impressively strong.  The white rum ice cream is a beautiful match with the cake, and there are some crunchy elements which help break up the richness of the cake.

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The dishes on the set dinner menu are well executed and delicious, and certainly offer great value. I will surely order the set menu again if I ever need a break from the addictive Hainan Chicken Rice here!