Restaurant Review – Otto e Mezzo Bombana

Located in the heart of Hong Kong island’s CBD, is the epicenter of opulence and decadence way beyond my current pay grade. The closest thing I could possibly afford is a cup of Starbucks, and my impending lunch at Otto e Mezzo (8 1/2) Bombana, a three Michelin starred Italian restaurant, the only one outside of Italy.

The decor itself is very elegant and well designed, service was professional but not particularly warm. For lunch, I had decided on the four course menu, which is approximately 1000 HKD.

We had started off with bread, which was freshly baked and pretty brilliant, and the olive oil and balsamic vinegar were also of very high quality. It’s always a good sign when the restaurant has good bread.

For starters, I had the slow cooked egg with white asparagus and morel mushrooms. A very comforting dish, which is probably more suited for autumn. Flavours were subtle, and well executed.

Slow cooked egg with white asparagus and morel mushrooms
Slow cooked egg with white asparagus and morel mushrooms

For the secondi, I had the green vegetable risotto with beef cheeks. A very flavourful dish, with the green vegetables (managed to discern the peas and brocolli) well cooked, and the braised beef cheeks adding a richness to the dish. This was probably my favourite dish of the meal.

Green vegetable risotto with beef cheeks
Green vegetable risotto with beef cheeks

For the main course, I had the baby lamb racks with tomato compote, barley, and lamb jus. A well balanced dish with the baby lamb racks being incredibly tender, and the barley in particular had a nice, almost al dente sort of texture. Another well executed, but not particularly exciting dish.

Baby lamb racks with tomato compote, barley, and lamb jus
Baby lamb racks with tomato compote, barley, and lamb jus

Finally, for the Il Postre, my favourite dish was the pear tart, which was simple but utterly delicious. I’m always biased towards dessert, but this was definitely well done.

Pear Tart
Pear Tart

Otto e Mezzo definitely struck a good balance of flavours, but honestly, not the most mind blowing meal I’ve had. That being said, it’s probably the best Italian restaurant I’ve had in Asia thus far with excellent ingredients, well balanced and well executed dishes.

Location: Shop 202, Landmark Alexandra, 18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong. +852 2537 8859. Website.

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