We arrived at around 7:45pm and it was apparent that this was their peak time. When we requested for a table for two, however, the waitress informed me that we would have to wait at least 30 minutes. I repeated to her with a shocked face “what?! Thirty minutes??” My friends all know that I’m not a very patient person in general, especially when it involves food. However, I’m glad I did not let my impatience get the best of me this time because as soon as we sat down at the bar and ordered a drink, we were told our table was available! The staff were very friendly, introducing popular items on the menu, and making sure that we were satisfied with our food
Contrary to what I said I’d do in my previous review (http://www.openrice.com/english/restaurant/commentdetail.htm?commentid=2192468), I did not manage to try any of their main courses as their pasta options were far too appealing – there are simply too many choices! Anyways, I’m a little annoyed I did not take any photos, but hopefully my descriptions will compensate.
1. Watermelon Basil Punch (Vodka, basil, fresh lemon)
Unlike your usual vodka mixers, there was no vodka aftertaste in this drink. Rather, it was refreshing and cool - a perfect summer drink. The basil was a good twist, adding sweetness to the otherwise slightly sour watermelon juice. However, little did I know, despite the lack of apparent vodka in the drink, it was actually fairly potent (I guess I’m a light-weight)! I only managed to drink half of the glass before beginning to feel the effects of alcohol - so ladies, be careful!
2. “Caprese” – Organic tomatoes , Pubblico mozzarella, basil, 30 year balsamico
We ordered this dish because the waiter highly recommended their homemade mozzarella. Being a big fan of CHEESE, I have to say, the mozzarella was truly amazing. It was fluffy and bouncy, every bite was soft with a balanced creamy taste to it. There is proof that the cheese is homemade as you will see blobs of fluffy white mozzarella balls fermenting by the kitchen. The tomatoes were definitely fresh and crunchy. Can’t say there was anything wrong with this dish!
3. Fried calamari
The calamari in this dish was covered in a dry and brittle coating, and so, whenever you took a bite, the whole crust would disintegrate in front of you, leaving an exposed piece of calamari on your fork. However, my dinner partner did point out that there were red peppers (that were somewhat spicy) and pairing it with the calamari gave it an exotic twist to the somewhat bland calamari.
4. Bucatini Amatriciana – Guanciale (bacon made from a pig’s cheek/neck), cherry tomatoes, chilli pepper
I had originally ordered something different. However, when I saw this dish being served on the next table I was just too tempted to try it. I enjoy eating pasta dishes that have generous ingredients and an abundant amount of sauce and this dish definitely satisfied my checklist. Guanciale bacon is typically stronger in flavour and more delicate than the typical bacon we eat, as it is cured in red peppers or black pepper. The dish was generously scattered with bacon and I was pleased to find that there was a good proportion of meat on the bacon relative to fat. The bacon was extremely crispy and the chilli tomato sauce added some spiciness to its texture as well. The sauce was also rich and the cherry tomatoes were soft but not overcooked. The only downside to this dish was the amount of chilli I found sitting at the bottom of the dish after I had finished.
5. Annas Straciatella – Pineapple cremoso, broken chocolate crème, granite
This was basically a little pineapple parfait sitting on top of a sponge cake. There was also a layer of pineapple puree wedged in between the two layers. Hm, what can I say about this dish? Well, it was rather boring to be honest, the parfait lacked a rich creamy texture and sponge cake was dry, and lacked any strong flavours in general. Thumbs down!
In general, I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience here and it definitely worth its value for money. Besides our let-down on our dessert, it stands by its trademark dishes of homemade Italian pasta which is unforgettable, leaving me wanting more!
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Sep 21, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD260(Dinner)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 5