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, 24 September 2014

Weekend brunch buffet @ Al Molo Ristorante Italiano, Hong Kong

Last Sunday was one of those days where if anything could go wrong, did go wrong. I was out on my own with both kids (what was I thinking?) - one who was too excited taking in her surroundings to go down for her morning nap, and another who was just his usual over-excitable self. I was exhausted and moody by the time hubby met up with us (late!). We binned our original lunch plans at a nice restaurant as we didn't fancy dealing with an overtired infant during the meal, and we had resigned to just doing what we needed to do, then head home. On our way there, baby fell asleep (3 hours after her usual time for nap), my mood lifted after reinforcement arrived (albeit late), and I felt hungry! The first restaurant we came across was Al Molo, an Italian restaurant at Harbour City with a nice waterfront location. Service was pretty good - we were well-looked after by staff, and the manager/owner was on the floor ensuring that everything was well. He even picked up one of our baby's toys off the floor, and had it cleaned before giving back to us. The weekend brunch buffet was on, but we could also order from the a-la-carte menu. The brunch buffet was quite affordably priced at HK$250 for the salad buffet only, and HK$338 for the full brunch which included the salad buffet, a choice of main course, and tea/coffee. The boy was adamant he didn't like anything from the buffet and wanted a pizza, so I shared one with him while hubby went for the full brunch. Hubby was pretty happy with the quality and variety of the salad brunch, and the boy polished off half the pizza.

Clean and spacious interior at Al Molo:

Soup and arancini station:

Smoked salmon, cured meat and various salads:



Hubby's first plate - I see lasagna, salad, quiche and some breads:

Second plate with some cold cuts, cheese, smoked salmon and more salads:

The boy and I were given some bread at the table to munch on while waiting for the pizza:

Capricciosa Pizza (HK$168), with cooked ham, artichokes, black olives and mushrooms. A winning combination for the boy who loves ham, black olives and mushrooms, but he wasn't that keen on the artichokes - more for me!

I convinced hubby to get the Seafood Risotto for his main course, and it was deliciously umami with a good amount of cuttlefish, prawns, calamari and scallop in it. Baby girl loved it too:

Hubby's modest helping of desserts:

We had a pleasant experience at Al Molo, which was nice after the rough morning I had. A lovely family-friendly venue with good quality food.

[Prices quoted above do not include the 10% service charge.]

Al Molo Ristorante Italiano
Shop G63
Ground floor, Ocean Terminal
Harbour City
7-23 Canton Rd
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Telephone: +85 2 2730 7900

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