Restaurant review:, Causeway Bay - you're spoilt for choice

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 June, 2015, 11:37pm
UPDATED : Monday, 24 April, 2017, 10:33am

The main problem with, a casual restaurant in Causeway Bay opened by Gianni Caprioli (chef and owner of Giando in the Fleet Arcade), is that with all the dishes displayed in front of you, it's hard to choose what to eat.

It's cafeteria-style — you're given a card at the entrance then browse the different cooking stations, which include antipasti, pasta, salads, desserts and drinks. You order, hand over your card so the amount can be added (you pay when you leave the restaurant), then take the food to your table. Staff will bring you any dishes that need to be cooked or warmed.

The Ferrarini cold cut platter (HK$188) had a great selection of top quality meats — mortadella, prosciutto di Parma, cooked ham and salami, and chunks of parmesan. The pizzas —margherita (HK$28) and rustica (with sliced potato and ham, HK$36) — were excellent, with a puffy, chewy crust that had a crisp bottom.

From the extensive selection of pasta (fresh and dry, with and without egg) and a choice of toppings, we ordered tortellini with truffle-parmesan sauce (HK$168) and fettuccine amatriciana (HK$138). The former, while delicious, was too rich — three of us shared it but could only eat half. We finished the fettuccine, with its lighter topping of tomatoes, cheese and cured pork. Chicken milanese (HK$138) — served with fries — had moist dark meat coated with a crisp, well-seasoned breading.

For dessert, the cannoli (HK$20) was disappointing as the pastry was far too thick and hard. Sfogliatella (HK$15), on the other hand, had crisp, delicate flaky pastry and a creamy filling. We also liked the gelato trio (strawberry, chocolate-hazelnut and milk and vanilla, HK$66)., Shop 1, 9 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, tel: 2489 8822. About HK$250 without drinks. There's no service charge