Sunday, October 4, 2009

Hong Kong - Cinecitta

The menu was enticing enough but as we walked through the doors, it was deserted!  Oh-oh...  but too late, since we didn't really want to be rude.  Granted it was only 7.30 on a Friday evening...  and most would presumably still be getting to a happy state at the neighbouring bars in the Star Street neighbourhood..  The restaurant is known for and is spectacular in size with silent black-and-whites playing right of bar as you enter. 

There wasn't a whole lot of options since I was on medication but we did agree on sharing a couple of items.  It was 2 hits out of 3 so we thought we did pretty good.

The beef carpaccio dusted with fresh parmesan, and strewn with rocket and fresh artichokes was actually very good.  The thinly sliced beef was not at all streaky and rolled into the accompanying bounty well.  A nice combination of flavours with nothing overpowering the other.  A team effort!

The Gnochetti with "Guanciale" ham and black truffles in a carbonara was decadence epitomised and the sort of luxury on the palette I haven't enjoyed in a while.  A wondrous combination although best to share since it can get overly rich on the senses if in abundance. 

The "miss" of the evening was the chicken roll in the mains section.  While decent enough, it just wasn't what we expected and we could just as well have ended dinner on the 2nd course. 

An enjoyable place, and decently priced.  I might just go back to try the other interesting pasta combinations.

9 Star Street
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852-2529 0199

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