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Resembling the gathering place of an Italian family, the indoor dining hall is flowing with friendly laughter and conversation. Speaking up to your companion will be necessary, as you’ll need to talk over the loud echo created within this sprawling restaurant. The interiors are furnished with contemporary lighting comprised of double rows of light bulbs, which softly illuminates the space and creates a warm. Dark tones dominate the colour scheme of the restaurant, with wooden tables and comfortable leather banquettes both furnished in black. The darkness of the interiors is offset by the brightly-lit open kitchen and the glistening lights of the Hong Kong skyline, as the restaurant is a stone’s throw away from the Harbour.
The focaccia bread — served with olive oil at the beginning on the meal — deserves an honourable mention for its fragrancy and greasy goodness. The bread sets the tone for the rest of the meal: hearty and satisfying. The Osso bucco, a marinated beef shank slow cooked in a vacuum bag for over 8 hours, is the signature dish that will satisfy your craving for savoury food. The rich sauce coating the saffron risotto is directly derived from the cooking process. The biggest delight comes in the form of a tiny spoon found inside the hollowed centre of the bone — it’s for scooping out and tasting the robust bone marrow. The Astice e Burrata features large chunks of springy and juicy Boston lobster, served with fresh burrata cheese drizzled with basil oil. Cherry tomatoes and pickled eggplant contribute freshness and acidity to the mixture. Even with your stomachs full, you really can’t call it a night without ordering the tiramisu, the classic Italian dessert that’s satisfying but not overly sweet. The custard and cream layers are perfectly balanced out by a dark chocolate base and almond crunch.
The sommelier at Al Molo did a remarkable job interacting with customers and possessed knowledge of the menu — even beyond the wines. He was able to recommend a Cabernet Sauvignon that is smooth and lighter-bodied, to complement the bone marrow. The wine list features bottles from diverse regions in Italy.
The service felt rushed, as waiters were darting in and out of the kitchen in a hurry. Waiters didn’t take the time to explain the dishes to us, and at times required confirming with a third party to identify the course.
Dinner for two at Al Molo will round up to about HK $1,500 — a good value if you’re looking for a sophisticated, but not overly buttoned-up, venue to enjoy the Harbour view