Pirata Group is taking Hong Kong by storm this month with two new restaurant openings: TokyoLima and Pici Pasta Bar. After the sustained success of their other Italian restaurant, Pirata, their decision to open a pasta bar in an up-and-coming neighbourhood in Wan Chai was a smart move. Pici Hong Kong’s focus is on creating authentic, homemade pasta dishes in a cozy, modern dining space. What’s more, the price of each dish is around the HK$100 mark, making for exceptional value in a city where diners often pay a pretty penny for less-than-stellar food.
The much anticipated and talked about restaurant Mercato, helmed by acclaimed Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, has finally landed in Hong Kong after four years of success in Shanghai at Three on the Bund. Located in the California Tower in LKF, Mercato Hong Kong serves up family-style modern Italian food in a large, open space dining area. The food and drinks are reasonably priced given the quality and location, and you’re sure to leave Mercato feeling satisfied and full.
NOM (Not Only Meatballs) has brought Italian comfort food to hungry Hong Kongers for two years, and while I had been to NOM for after work drinks, I had never actually sat down for a meal. I jumped at the opportunity to go to NOM for dinner after I heard about their new summer menu, where the food far exceeded my expectations.
Hong Kong has no shortage of Italian restaurants scattered throughout the city. However, if you’re looking for truly authentic dining experience, that may prove to be more difficult to find. Thankfully, Gia Trattoria Italiana is here to provide Hong Kong’s Italian food-lovers with truly authentic, home-cooked, large-portioned Italian dishes that will leave you oh-so satisfied.
Giando is likely familiar to most of us living in Hong Kong from their former location in Wan Chai in Fenwick Pier. Relocating to the increasingly popular Star Street location, the modern Italian restaurant remains devoted to sourcing and serving only the finest ingredients. While their a la carte options are drool-worthy, what you should really come to Giando for is the weekend brunch. This is one of the few semi-buffet brunches in Hong Kong where the quality, freshness, and taste of the dishes at the buffet (and, of course, the mains) were flawless. For only HKD$338 (includes buffet + main + dessert), heading to Giando for brunch is a must-try.
If you’re looking for a consistently good Italian restaurant in Hong Kong, look no further than 208 Duecento Otto. I’ve been a big fan of 208 for awhile now and was incredibly excited to try the new food and drinks menu (despite thinking it couldn’t get much better than it already was). Well, I was certainly wrong: 208 Duecento Otto’s new dishes, curated by Chef Michael Bolam are just as delicious and ever-reliable, and the cocktails are made to your liking under the watchful eye of mixologist James Barker.
SEPA’s focus on Venetian’s cooking and culture sets it apart from other Italian restaurants in Hong Kong. Specializing in ‘cicheti’ (small dishes that are to be shared), SEPA’s menu ranges from amazing bomba’s and affettati boards, to pasta and seafood. It’s not hard to fall in love with SEPA’s intimate and rustic decor, embodying the designs and cool color palate of Venetian’s iconic buildings. From SEPA’s delicious dishes to its unique interior, it didn’t take me long to became a fan of this traditional Venetian “bacaro”.
Cecconi’s Italian, part of the well-known Dining Concepts venture, recently relocated to Wyndham Street from their former spot on Elgin and have brought over new head chef Michael Fox from the Cecconi’s in Melbourne, Australia to throw his modern contemporary flare into the menu. In lieu of their change, we wanted to head over to Cecconi’s for dinner to check out their new location and try some of the food.
Now that Hong Kong has been blessed with two of Jamie Oliver’s restaurants; one on the island side in Causeway Bay and one on Kowloon side in Tsim Sha Tsui, how are we to make the decision of which to go to?! Fear not my fellow Hong Kongers, I’m here to offer you an unbiased (well, mostly) overview of the Jamie’s Italian branch in CWB and in TST, in terms of location, decor, atmosphere, and food.
Hong Kong is a food lover’s paradise with its saturated market of restaurants, cafes, and bars serving cuisine from all over the world. Just when you think that there couldn’t possibly be another restaurant to pop up that could set itself apart from the hundreds of others, EAT.it comes along and drops itself in the foodie mecca of Causeway Bay (also known as everybody’s worst nightmare on a Sunday afternoon). So, what exactly sets EAT.it apart from the many other Italian eateries in HK? This is the first restaurant I know of in the city that has implemented a marketplace dining concept.