Cammino

1/F, The Excelsior, Hong Kong, 281 Gloucester Road 告士打道281號香港怡東酒店1樓 +852 2837 6780 http://www.mandarinoriental.com/excelsior/

Rating

Date of review

Feb 23, 2015

Cuisine

Italian

Location

Causeway Bay

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Cammino
1/F, The Excelsior, Hong Kong, 281 Gloucester Road

Overview

  • Dress Code

    Smart casual

  • Lunch hours

    Mon to Sat, 12:00 noon - 2:30 pm; Sun, 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

  • Dinner hours

    Mon to Sun, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

  • Corkage

    HK$250/bottle

  • Reservation

    Yes

  • Buffet

    Yes

  • Private Room

    No

  • Accept Credit Card

    Yes

  • Smoking Area

    No

Signature Dishes

  • Seared sardine fillets with caponata on toast

    輕煎沙甸魚, 西西里甜酸燴雜菜多士

  • Baked sea bass in 'cartoccio'

    意式紙包焗鱸魚 ‧ 鮮蜆雜菜

  • Penne with clams, basil, garlic, shallot and white wine sauce

    鮮蜆長通粉,香草白酒汁

Review

Setting

Cammino is located in the Excelsior Hotel, which is tucked in a quieter end of Causeway Bay. The hotel immediately takes one away from the frenzy of the district, and Cammino’s humble, trattoria-style interiors further enhance this feeling of calm. Details such as timber shuttered windows and clay tiling create an intimate ambience, which somehow facilitates more conversation given that there is no view or extraordinary décor to distract you. 

Food

The menu includes classic Italian favourites such as caprese and carbonara, but these are not the stars at Cammino. We start with the sardine in caponata toast, which is probably the most playful appetiser on the list. The pasta and risotto also appears to be on the safe side, but the saffron risotto with crab meat, fennel and asparagus caught our eye. The mains include well-loved dishes such as osso buco and porterhouse steak, but we went with the waiter-recommended sea bass “cartoccio”. The fish was moist and the flavour mild, but it wasn’t as fragrant as expected. Dessert is reputed to be a highlight here; but at the time of our visit, we didn’t find either the Cammino tiramisu or limoncello trifle that impressive. 

Wine

As expected, Italian wine from Tuscany to Umbria dominates the selection at Cammino. They do have a few from France, Australia, New Zealand and the USA and serves them by glass and half bottle. 

Service

Staff are helpful and enthusiastic, which perpetuates the warm and friendly vibe of the restaurant. Our waiter explained every dish and was always ready with recommendations without being too pushy. 

Price

A meal for two comes to approximately HK$1,500, and considering that Cammino is a hotel restaurant, we find this price to be reasonable.

cuisines

    • Chinese
    • European
    • French
    • International
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Mexican
    • Spanish
    • Steak House
    • Thai
    • Peruvian

locations

  • Hong Kong

    • Admiralty
    • Causeway Bay
    • Central
    • Tai Hang
    • Tsim Sha Tsui
    • Wan Chai
    • West Kowloon
  • Macau

    • Cotai
    • Macau