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[HONG KONG] 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA

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8 ½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA

Address: Shop 202, 2/F, Alexandra House, Central, Hong Kong / 中環德輔道中5-17號歷山大廈2樓202號舖
Tel: (852) 2537 8859
Hours: 12:00pm~2:30pm, 6:30pm~10:30pm
Website: www.ottoemezzobombana.com
Price: [lunch] 330 HKD/set (a la carte also available), [dinner] 800 HKD+
Visited on: 2011-12-23

I won’t be able to describe my dinner at 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA in much detail. It was one of those charming experiences filled with constant oohs and ahhs that in retrospect, everything is a blur – the copious amount of wine consumed that evening certainly contributed to the buzz. I’ll let the pictures do the talking, but here’s something you need to know about the restaurant: 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA is the first and only Three Michelin Stars Italian restaurant outside of Italy. Now that’s something to talk about.


8 ½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA

We were lucky to get one of the C-shaped booths in the corners, which provided a great vantage point from which to survey the entire dining room: a comfortable interior in a warm palette of bronze and cream, made festive by Christmas decorations here and there. The faceted mirror ceiling is a nice touch.


Interior


Bread

Corkage fee at Otto e Mezzo is charged not by the bottle, but by the number of people at the table (100 HKD per person), and in total we only paid 400 HKD of corkage fee for all three bottles we brought that evening (instead of 500 HKD/bottle charged by other high-end restaurants). It all started with a bottle of bubbly Egly Ouriet Brut Tradition Grand Cru (thank you J & C :)


Egly Ouriet Brut Tradition Grand Cru

The amuse bouche may look like a chocolate truffle, but it’s actually a cube of chocolate foie gras.


Chocolate foie gras

My appetizer, Marinated Scampi, Hybrid Caviar, Sea Urchin & Citrus Chantilly (280 HKD). Click here to see the recipe.


Marinated Scampi, Hybrid Caviar, Sea Urchin & Citrus Chantilly


Marinated Scampi, Hybrid Caviar, Sea Urchin & Citrus Chantilly

Chef Umberto Bombana has been hailed as the “King of White Truffles”, and his menu certainly reflects that by dedicating a whole page to white truffle dishes. Here’s one we sampled: Scrambled Egg, Mushroom Jus & White Truffle (590 HKD).


Scrambled Egg, Mushroom Jus & White Truffle


Scrambled Egg, Mushroom Jus & White Truffle

And here are the appetizers from the rest of the table. Warm Scallop Salad, Garden Vegetables and Black Olives, Sweet Peppers Mayonnaise (210 HKD).

Warm Scallop Salad, Garden Vegetables and Black Olives, Sweet Peppers Mayonnaise

Roast Duck Foie Gras with Piedmont Hazelnut Sauce, Smoked Duck in Dice, Greens (190 HKD).


Roast Duck Foie Gras with Piedmont Hazelnut Sauce, Smoked Duck in Dice, Greens

Our second bottle, Giuseppe Quintarelli Bianco Secco Ca del Merlo.


Giuseppe Quintarelli Bianco Secco Ca del Merlo

My main course, Short Rib & Beef Tenderloin, Red Wine & Plum Sauce, Whipped Potato (390 HKD). Click here to see the recipe.


Short Rib & Beef Tenderloin, Red Wine & Plum Sauce, Whipped Potato


Short Rib & Beef Tenderloin, Red Wine & Plum Sauce, Whipped Potato 

Here are the main courses from the rest of the table, and this particular one I loved: Papperdelle, Lamb & Mushroom Ragout, Fresh Rosemary (240 HKD).


Papperdelle, Lamb & Mushroom Ragout, Fresh Rosemary

Line Caught Sea Bass cooked in Sorento Lemon, Confit Vegetables, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Dressing and Fennel Jus (380 HKD).


Line Caught Sea Bass cooked in Sorento Lemon, Confit Vegetables,
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Dressing and Fennel Jus

Tagliatelle, Boston Lobster & Porcini Mushroom Ragout (290 HKD). Click here to see the recipe.


Tagliatelle, Boston Lobster & Porcini Mushroom Ragout 

Lastly, a bottle of I Leccioni, Chianti DOCG.


I Leccioni, Chianti DOCG

We ordered two desserts to share. The first, Gianduja Chocolate Bar, Ricotta & Lemon Ice-Cream (130 HKD).


Gianduja Chocolate Bar, Ricotta & Lemon Ice-Cream

This one we loved: Crispy Pear Tart served with Vanilla Ice-Cream (130 HKD). The tart can be shared among 4 people (conveniently cut into 4 pieces), and the restaurant generously gave us each a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.


Crispy Pear Tart served with Vanilla Ice-Cream


Crispy Pear Tart served with Vanilla Ice-Cream


More sweets

What a roaring good time we had at Otto e Mezzo. Special thanks to Antonio Bombini, the Assistant Manager of the restaurant, for being a most gracious host and rendering our evening all the more pleasant. I was, however, a bit disappointed with the service quality from the rest of the waitstaff, which couldn’t be compared to what we experienced at Caprice even though both restaurants are awarded with Three Michelin Stars. That was easily brushed aside as I was wrapped up in a warm buzz fueled by excellent food and great conversations…I left the restaurant in an enchanted state, and will happily come back again. Tajima beef tenderloin with foie gras and white truffle? Si Per Favore.


White truffles

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January 3rd, 2012 at 8:43 pm

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  1. Cindy! OMG ur pics are amazing!!! Makes me want to eat it all again!!!!

    Jenny Lee

    3 Jan 12 at 10:59 PM

  2. Great Post Cindy, awesome dinner!

    Chris Yeh

    5 Jan 12 at 8:54 PM

  3. Was too caught up in our conversations to remember what the food tasted like…other than the fact that it was awesome!
    Hope we’ll get another meal together soon :)

    sugarednspiced

    5 Jan 12 at 9:42 PM

  4. […] way too much. But can you blame me? This restaurant, a branch of Umberto Bombana’s Michelin three star establishment in Hong Kong, just upped the ante for fine dining in Shanghai. Situated in the newly renovated […]

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