The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Italian @ Grappa's Cellar, Hong Kong

Italian cuisine is not lacking in Hong Kong's restaurant scene, but we don't tend to choose Italian when we eat out. Perhaps this is due to its ubiquity, but Italian food is actually a great choice for my son's food allergies, hence an easy option when eating out with him. We were given a HK$100 discount voucher for Grappa's Cellar to be used by the end of July, and it gave us an opportunity to try out a popular restaurant. Grappa's Cellar is quite spacious and has a nice set up for live entertainment for both music gigs and theatrical events; their website lists upcoming events. The interior has a vintage feel, and it had comfortable booth seating. The service we received was average quality, but it was adequate for this casual setting.

Vintage-style decor:

The pizza kitchen:

The menu had a fair selection of pizza and pasta dishes, but neither hubby nor I chose from that list. The dessert list looked quite enticing, but unfortunately we didn't have time for dessert. Perhaps if we can score another voucher for Grappa's Cellar, we can try out the pizza, pasta and the dessert.

Bread is baked fresh daily in the kitchen:

Risotto al Granchio e Gameretti (HK$135) - risotto with crab meat and prawns in lobster sauce. This was delicious, and I really enjoyed the seafood and the rice that had absorbed the gorgeous lobster flavour:

Insalata di Spinaci (HK$95) - spinach salad with crispy pancetta, mushrooms, grated eggs and pinenuts, with dressing on the side. This is one of Grappa's Cellar's signature dishes. The greens were fresh, and the bacon, eggs and pinenuts added nice flavour and crunch:

Salsiccia Luganega (HK$125) - Grappa's homemade Italian sausage, grilled and served with polenta and spicy tomato sauce. This signature dish took 20 minutes to prepare. The sausage was meaty and substantial, with none of that gristly stuff that sometimes finds its way into inferior sausages. A good choice if you like sausages:

The food at Grappa's Cellar was of good quality, tasted great and reasonably priced. It's a great option if you're after home-style Italian food in a casual atmosphere.

[Prices quoted above are exclusive of the 10% service charge.]

Grappa's Cellar
Basement Level, Jardine House
1 Connaught Place
Central, Hong Kong
Tel. +85 2 2521 2322

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