Following the real foodies has its advantages. They help suss out the places worth visiting and leave out a lot of the non-value hard work of weeding out commercially driven reviews from the non. Best of all, they support the ones who are really trying to do it right, bringing cuisine authenticity rather than compromising to suit local palates. I know it's a delicate balancing act in trying to make a foreign concept work, but in a city like Hong Kong, the general populace is probably well-traveled enough to know. (*hope)
My weekend experience at Doppio Zero was soundly authentic. At least, I didn't come away feeling bastardized. That I would be able to experience a very similar taste somewhere in the long and narrow strip that is Italy.
Service was also knowledgeable and impeccable. Polite without being intrusive, engaging without being overbearing. Even a little dedication thrown in as the next table wanted a photo taken.. I rarely see a server willing to get down on his knees to get a perfect shot - what a pleasant surprise.
|Affettati - Prosciutto, speck, whipped lardo, grilled focaccia|
|Grilled focaccia with the Affetatti|
|Chitarra - sea urchin, crab roe, tarragon|
|Milk braised boneless suckling pig - roasted mushrooms, black truffle, toasted hazelnuts|
|Flowering baby cabbage - sausage, garlic, EVOO|
|Chocolate Semi-freddo Sundae - salted caramel, brittle, amarena cherries|
Thanks @e_ting and @g4gary for introducing the place. Keep 'em coming!
G/F, The Pemberton
22 Bonham Strand