If you’ve ever tried to find a restaurant in Hong Kong for a good value weekday lunch, you’ll know that it can be overwhelming thanks to the sheer number of venues offering their “weekday set lunch” promotions. So, which one do you choose? What’s the best bang for your buck? Though I may not be able to give a straightforward answer to this, I am on a mission to find some of the cities best weekday lunch spots and 208 Duecento Otto in Sheung Wan is first on my list.
If your job allows you to have an hour or more break for lunch or if you’re a tourist visiting during the week (or, perhaps, cheekily playing hooky from work), then this is a great restaurant to visit.
208 Duecento Otto is a modern restaurant with a rustic and laid-back feel that exudes itself as a place to go for a casual dining experience on the main floor, but also as an excellent choice for a slightly more fancy dinner or intimate brunch with friends in their upstairs dining area. Combined with their attentive and friendly staff, there’s lots to love about 208.
The weekday lunch at 208 Duecento Otto might be a tad pricier than other restaurants throughout Central, but it’s a steal when you compare it to their a la carte menu (there is also a fancier version of their weekday lunch set served upstairs, but, let’s be real here, I’m all about the good-value eats).
To start your lunch off there is an antipasti buffet served at the bar for only $108, and you’re able to help yourself to as many servings as you’d like. There was an assortment of salads (leafy greens, tomato, and octopus), roasted peppers and vegetables, focaccia bread, and cured meats.
Most of the items at the buffet were very tasty – the focaccia bread and cured meats are highly recommended, and the semi-roasted cherry tomatoes were deeelish! Unfortunately, some of the items were also a bit of a miss – the roasted pumpkin and the tomato salad didn’t have much flavour. Overall, though, the food did taste fresh and they were quick to refill the plates.
For an extra $20 you can add a pasta dish or an extra $30 for a pizza (including the antipasti buffet). Since that was a steal compared to the a la carte pricing and since I’d heard that their pizza was some of the best in Hong Kong, we decided to try both a pasta dish and a pizza.
We ordered the Pappardelle Wagyu Bolognese and the Diavola pizza (mozzarella, spicy salami, chili). The bolognese came out first and, though it looked tasty, was not memorable. The sauce wasn’t rich and you could barely taste the flavour of the wagyu. This was pretty disappointing, especially considering our waitress had recommended this dish.
Thankfully, the pizza saved the day. The taste of the pizza more than made up for its rather plain appearance – you could tell the ingredients were of high-quality and fresh. After the first bite we had wished we ordered two pizzas instead!
After we filled up on carbs we finished our lunch with a cappuccino, which is included in the buffet.
This weekday lunch buffet comes highly recommended if you’ve been wanting to try their pizzas, but aren’t too keen on paying their a la carte prices. I’m a bit torn if it’s really worth it to go solely for the buffet and/or pasta. Overall, the atmosphere is a huge thumbs up and (if you’re willing to take a chance on the food being hit or miss) is a good option for a weekday brunch if you’re in Sheung Wan.
208 Duecento Otto
208 Hollywood Road