Italian restaurant â8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombanaâ located in a landmark building in central Hong Kong
What is the â8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombanaâ restaurant
I received three stars from the 2014 The Michelin Guide Hong Kong & Macau edition
Ranked 10th in the 2014 The Asia's 50 Best Restaurants Awards
Ranked 67th in the 2014 The World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards
It's one of Hong Kong's leading restaurants.
The chef here is Chef Umberto Bombana, and 8 1/2, the name of the restaurant
The title of a film released in 1963 by Italian master Federico Fellini.
Chef Umberto Bombana is said to have used the name of the restaurant because he is a big fan of this movie.
If an Italian restaurant gets three Michelin stars in Hong Kong instead of Italy
It's a place I visited because I was curious about what level it was
As a result, it is one of the top 3 places I visited on this trip to Hong Kong
I don't think it was the best restaurant when I just looked at the food.
â8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombanaâ located in a landmark building
If you go near a restaurant, you'll see the name on the left.
In a landmark building.. A whopping nine stars! An advertisement that says.
Chef Bombana can also be seen along with chefs Joel Robuchon (L'atelier De Joel Robuchon) and Richard Ekkebus (Amber) (far left)
I took a look at the restaurant's interior before ordering.
The advantage of visiting as a first guest is that you don't have to worry about other tables when taking pictures.
When I visited as the first customer, it was a bit burdensome because the servers kept looking at this side.
(With the idea that if not many people come, the whole meal will be burdensome)
Thinking about what to do if a three-star restaurant doesn't have customers was wrong..
At around 1 o'clock, all the tables were full.
Since it was lunchtime on weekdays, most of the tables looked like business meetings took up the majority.
It's not located in a hotel, and I was wondering if an Italian restaurant in Hong Kong would have a casual atmosphere.
Among the restaurants I visited in Hong Kong, the restaurant had the most strict atmosphere (both the level of customers and the atmosphere of the restaurant).
An â8 1/2â movie poster can be seen on the restaurant wall.
The menu I ordered on this day was 2 lunch courses ($420) and ordered 2 additional pasta as a single item.
The lunch course consists of choosing an appetizer and a main dish, and an additional $80 is added when dessert is added.
A three-course meal with dessert is $500, so the price is very reasonable for a three-star restaurant.
(The Degustation menu also costs around $1,380, so I think it would be a good idea to visit during dinner time.)
Excellent quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar to accompany the aperitif.
Like an Italian restaurant, the flavor of the olive oil used in â8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombanaâ was amazing.
The aperitif is placed in a basket like this.
A service that brings fresh bread as soon as it has cooled or been emptied to a certain extent.
Excellent bread is served with excellent olive oil, so I am satisfied with just the aperitif.
âHam and Lorenzini Melonâ
Jamon âIberico De Bellotaâ 2010 Gran Reserva,
Black Olive and Raisin
Lunch course appetizer menu.
A combination of Iberian jamon and melon that doesn't need words.
The sugar content of the melon was amazing. Heh, it seems to have the highest sugar content of any melon I've ever eaten.
Needless to say, the harmony with Hamon is wonderful.
It's a flavor that makes you wish they just kept coming out without the need for a menu later.
âEcofarmâ Organic Salad
Marinated Greens and Marinade, Italian Marinade
After all, it's an appetizer menu for the lunch course.
A salad that captures the original ingredients in their original form with almost no modification.
A mild dressing is added to it, so you can feel the freshness of the salad as it is.
Even though the menu consists only of vegetables, I think it's delicious the whole time you eat it.
It was a great salad to start the course.
Baby Cuttlefish 'Scarpetta', Lobster,
Nutrients and Natural Jus
The only pasta menu you can choose from in the lunch course.
If you request a share from the server in charge, they will put each on a separate plate.
As soon as I tasted pasta… After all, I think it's amazing.
The balance between seafood, biscue-like sauce, and Tagliolini pasta is perfect.
Pasta has a texture like saying that cooking this much is the right answer.
Shellfish Ragout and Sea Urchin
This is pasta ordered separately, not included in the lunch course.
I like sea urchin so much that I chose Sea Urchin as soon as I saw the explanation.
The degree of cooking of Cavatelli pasta, the harmony with the sauce, and the flavor are all at an excellent level.
There's no need for any additional explanation, just a really tasty menu.
Red King Prawn, 'Datterino' Tomato and Fresh Mint
I ordered additional pasta as a single item.
This is the signature pasta menu of this place that customers who come here must try.
At the â8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombanaâ restaurant, I think you should definitely order the pasta menu.
(It doesn't seem to be on the menu, but you can order pasta with plenty of truffles separately
If you like truffles, you can call the server to order)
Pasta from â8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombanaâ takes down the maximum flavor of pasta that was previously known in one fell swoop.
The texture of King Prawn, which is large and topped, was also really chewy and well-cooked.
I took a picture of Chef Bombana passing by.
If you keep going back and forth between the kitchen and hall and order truffle pasta
Chef Bombana will serve and slice the truffles right in front of your eyes.
Citrus and Beetroot Salad, Citrus and Beetroot Salad
AmberJack (amberjack), a main menu that can be selected from the lunch course
I wasn't as impressed as I was when I ate the pasta, but this menu was also amazing.
The yellowtail, which showed just the right amount of cooking, was also amazing, but
A dressing made from beets enhances the flavor of each ingredient.
Infused Grapes, Wine Jelly and Grape Sorbet
A dessert ordered in addition to the lunch course.
Note that the desserts that can be ordered in the lunch course are only small, about 1 serving, as shown in the picture.
The refreshing grape sorbet and wine jelly will make your mouth feel refreshed.
âModern Tiramisu ($150)â
Mascarpone Cream, Coffee Panna Cotta and Mascarpone Ice Cream.
At â8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana,â they say that desserts are just as good as pasta
I ordered a separate dessert.
Modern tiramisu is said to be one of the signature desserts.
A great dessert with a rich flavor unique to tiramisu without being overly sweet.
It was a dessert that really suited my personal taste.
After all, the quality of the dessert was amazing, as rumored.
After finishing the meal, finish the petit poo.
And a cup of espresso.
Chef Bombana greeted me lightly as he passed by, then came to our table and spoke to me. hehe
A picture of Chef Bombana and the younger brother who went to the table together while they came to the table.
Chef Bombana has a warm impression and looks like an old man in the neighborhood; at first glance, he feels like Super Mario.
The â8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombanaâ restaurant was even better than I had anticipated before visiting.
Even if there aren't any spectacular performances like âLe Bernardinâ I went to in New York and âRyuginâ I went to in Tokyo
I think it's a restaurant that properly tastes the most important food.
If you go to Hong Kong, I think it would be better to visit this place rather than places like Caprice and Amber.
If I go back to Hong Kong next time, I'd like to visit this place first and enjoy a proper dinner course.
Overall, they are all excellent â8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombanaâ restaurants, but
If you order a lunch course or order everything separately
I think the most satisfying is to organize a menu that focuses on pasta and dessert.
A restaurant I would highly recommend in Hong Kong.