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Found on the second floor of Wanchai’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, Grissini restaurant offers splendid vistas over Victoria Harbour and across to Central through its large floor-to-ceiling windows. The spacious restaurant, with a Romanesque collonnade running through it, is relaxed in its vibe. Low lit in the evenings, diners enter through a spacious restaurant lobby, passing burning candles that cast their glow onto the facing wine cellar – a hint at the extensive beverage menu offered within. A bar area in the centre at the back of the restaurant overlooks split-level seating that along with comfortably spaced tables allows all diners to enjoy the view.
The restaurant is named after the Italian word for breadsticks and large, soft breadsticks, warm out of the oven are exactly what diners will be first served, accompanied by a classic combination of quality olive oil and homemade balsamic. The red prawns with burrata starter comes highly recommended and delivers on flavour and texture – juicy red prawns accompanied by thin slices of anchovies that add salinity to the delightfully creamy burrata and sun-dried tomatoes. The beef carpaccio is thinly sliced and served with an almost overly generous topping of rocket and cheese but the Fassone beef is lean and tender, the 24-month-old Parmesan intense in flavour. For the main course, the roasted snapper dish served with sauteed broccoli is a first-rate combination of flavours, the firm fish and crisp broccoli highlighted with the addition of herring caviar and a light kick of chilli. Meanwhile the beef tenderloin is beautifully tender, the Parmesan crust adding to the texture and a Rosemary sabayon – an element more commonly found in desserts – making a welcome appearance and bringing the dish together. For dessert the 70% Tuscan dark chocolate molten pudding is rich and intense and perfectly paired with the most delicious Piedmont hazelnut gelato, made in house, while a more unusual option –cinnamon roasted pineapple ravioli is an innovative sweet treat, the ravioli crafted out of pineapple and served with the warm spice of cinnamon and the much-loved sweet-saltiness of a salted caramel gelato.
Aside from Champagne and a small selection of wines from the more obvious grape-growing regions, the wine list is predominantly Italian and if you want to pair well with the authentic Italian cuisine on offer, these are the bottles to look to. The menu offers wines from across the nation and among them some interesting examples of typical Italian styles. A Pinot Grigio by the glass with unusual white peach notes on the palate is a particular highlight.
Service from greeting to goodbye is impeccable with recommendations forthcoming and every need anticipated. Highlighted dishes deliver and recommended wines please the palate while also pairing well with the plates.
Dinner rings in at around $2,200 for three courses for two with wine. Considering the quality of food and the pleasant location, not to mention the exceptional service, this a very fair price to pay.