I’ll just come right out and say it: lately I’ve been obsessed with 208 Duecento Otto. Having recently popped by for dinner to try their new food and drinks menu, I couldn’t resist bringing a friend who was in town to 208 for brunch the following weekend. 208 has customers returning regularly in a city where a new restaurant pops up practically every day, so you know they’re doing something right. Aside from their stellar dinner and weekday lunch offerings, weekend brunch at 208 Duecento Otto is a delicious way to spend a lazy Saturday or Sunday.
We began with the Calamari Fritto (HK$178) with paprika mayonnaise. These large pieces of squid were lightly fried with just the right amount of seasoning. In an effort to be a bit healthier, we ordered the Mozzarella di Bufala (HK$128) with basil, aged balsamic, and roasted vine cherry tomatoes. Not only did this dish look impressive, the mozzarella was so fresh and balsamic complemented the dish as opposed to overpowering it.
Moving onto the mains, we started with the Eggs Royal (HK$138) with smoked salmon on toasted foccacia. Though a bit heavy on the hollandaise sauce, you can’t really go wrong with this traditional brunch option. We also had our eye on the Butternut & Pecorino Ravioli (HK$178) with nutmeg and grated chestnut. We felt it was slightly pricey for three ravioli, but it was cooked al dente and the filling was quite tasty.
Despite having just ordered the Chocolate Fudge Brownie (HK$88) when I was at 208 Duecento Otto for dinner the other week, I just had to have it again. Brought to the table warm, it’s so incredibly rich and gooey, and the espresso caramel drizzle is really the icing on the cake. We also couldn’t resist trying the 208 Tiramisu (HK$88), an Italian dessert staple. The tiramisu was light and creamy, with a good balance of ingredients.
208 Duecento Otto has a beautiful interior with lots of natural light shining in, making it a perfect spot for those who want to grab a bite to eat without having to feel stuck inside on a nice day. The food served at 208 is always of high quality and their consistency with both flavour and presentation is commendable. I will certainly be returning for 208’s brunch (in fact, it’s likely that I already have by the time you’ve read this).
208 Duecento Otto
208 Hollywood Road
Tel: 2549 0208