Mon to Sat, 12:00 noon - 2:30 pm
Mon to Sat, 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
2 rooms for 12-25 persons
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Located on the second floor of Alexandra House in Central, Otto e Mezzo occupies some pretty snazzy prime real estate. Visible from its wraparound windows and just a stone’s throw away are Chater House and the Mandarin Oriental, and their proximity lend an urban modernity to this chic dining room. The corner booths are the most coveted table in the restaurant, but the rest of the main dining room is spaciously laid out, so other tables are almost just as comfortable. Alternatively, the private dining rooms at the back are great for private entertaining.
If in doubt while navigating the menu, Otto e Mezzo’s tasting menu is always a good idea. Priced reasonably with five generously portioned courses, you will always leave a satisfied customer. On our visit, we opted for the tasting menu and were delighted with the majority of the dishes. Our starter of poached lobster in melon soup garnished with Iberico ham merges classic flavours with an extra touch of freshness from the olive oil garnish; while our second seafood course of roasted scampi with sea urchin and mushroom ragu combined the best flavours from the land and the sea. We’ve always been fans of the risotto here at Otto e Mezzo, whether it’s the green pea one in spring or the white truffle version in November. This time, it’s a spinach and mushroom risotto, topped with gleaming white slices of raw porcini. Although it is a bit heavy-handed with the white pepper, the dish has admirably layered flavours and the spice lends an extra unexpected kick. For meats, the Challans duck breast was one of our favourite dishes of the day. Beautifully seared on the outside while remaining very pink in the middle, it had some Asian aromas with its apple and eggplant compote. The M9 Tajima sirloin was a bit simpler, with two fingers of beef starkly presented with whipped potatoes, beef jus and a garden salad. For dessert, we substituted the moscato sabayon for our favourite chocolate trio, which includes Hong Kong’s best hot chocolate macchiato, plus a decadent chocolate tart and a rich, creamy cocoa ice cream.
Otto e Mezzo has a walk-in wine cellar with over 2,000 bottles and, naturally, its selections are both impressive and primarily Italian. Although many are in the thousands of dollars range, there is also a good number of reasonably priced bottles, so make sure to consult the sommelier. Otto e Mezzo also does a large of wines by the glass – probably a good reason why the adjoining bar is so popular at happy hour.
Although a bit more casual that other haute cuisine temples, we find it hard to find fault with the service at Otto e Mezzo. Restaurant manager Antonio Bombini is especially winning with his friendliness and smiles, but the rest of the staff are also exceedingly well-trained, with customers’ preferences always taken into account and most requests, large or small, are granted as a matter of course.
The tasting menu is HK$1,080 without wine pairing and includes five courses. This is extraordinarily good value considering the excellent execution of the food, the wonderful wine list and exemplary service.