Date of visit : 22 Aug 2013 (Thu) 1:15 pm
No. of diners : 2
Average cost per head : $100
Food quality : 7.3/10
Environment : 8/10
Service : 7/10
Value-for-money : 8/10
Overall rating : 7.5/10
This was my second visit to the café which is located at one of the industrial buildings in Siu Sai Wan (a 10 minutes’ walk from the Chai Wan MTR station). On a sunny day, the view from the windows gives a clear visibility of the loading bay facing the building. Chaiwanese is one of the few decent and yet casual cafés in the area where they serve from breakfast to dinner at reasonable price.
It’s in fact more like a cafeteria where diners have to get their cutlery and food from the bar area. The food served here are generally mild in seasoning thus a tad of salt and pepper is required for most of the dishes.
a) Carrot & Ginger Soup (Lunch set) – 7.5/10
With natural sweetness from carrots and grinds of ginger were definitely a nutritious and soothing soup. However, a splash of extra virgin oil would enhance the flavour further.
b) French Bread ($20) – 5/10
Bread was only served with salad, being curious to try the baguette from Bread Elements whose factory was also located in Chai Wan, I paid an additional twenty bucks for the five pieces of bread. To my disappointment, the texture was too dense, just like the required amount of yeast was not used.
c) Angel Hair with Clams & Capsicums in Tomato Sauce ($80 for set) – 7.5/10
The bowl of pasta was appealing with it’s mixed colours and clams on top. However, sand was found in some of the clams. The angel hair could have been cooked for half minute less.
d) Linguine with Chicken & Zucchinis in Cream Sauce ($78 for set) – 7.5/10
The chicken fillet was a bit tough due to overcooked, apart from zucchini, eggplant was added. The linguine was al dante though.
e) Mocha (lunch set) – 7.5/10
Nice latte art, chocolate flavour dominated in the drink.
f) Orange Cake ($42) – 7/10
A similar cake prepared by Mansons Lot was much better than this one. Uneven reheat process made the surface warm only but with a cold inner part. Lack of egg flavour too.
Q : When will I go again?
A : For afternoon tea if I work around. The have a tea set which is quite an attractive deal.
Q: What will I next order?
A : May check out their dinner which is quite different from the lunch menu.
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