A gem of a place

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 February, 2008, 12:00am

Italian luxury jeweller Damiani has made its foray into the food business with the opening of D. Diamond Restaurant & Bar at the Elements mall in Kowloon. The eatery, which has jewels on show as decorations, serves Italian fare with a Japanese twist.

'I have had this concept in mind for some time,' says managing director Xuan Mu. 'I have been friends with the two Damiani brothers for a few years. For many top brands, branching out into the food and beverage business is a trend; it's the best way to let people know about your brand.'

The earth-toned, split-level restaurant can seat 200 diners. The lower level has a tranquil, understated dining area (right), which contrasts with the bright and airy upper floor and its D-shaped marble bar surrounded by leather sofas. Also upstairs is a wine cellar installed in a wall. The design theme of the restaurant is 'stone cutting', so the walls and pillars are carved like gemstones.

The executive chef is Hawaiian Bryan Nagao, who first came to Hong Kong 12 years ago as chef of Felix, at The Peninsula hotel. 'I joined the team because their Italian-Japanese fusion concept is similar to mine,' says Nagao.

Dishes include pizza with maguro and uni (HK$138), tempura crabmeat with uni and yuzu kosho on romesco sauce (right; HK$148) and Nagao's favourites of braised pork belly with black truffles and calamata olive sauce (HK$138) and roasted bluefin sea robin on potato risotto with truffles and mushrooms (HK$238). Desserts include the unusual warm chocolate cake with wasabi and vanilla ice cream (HK$88).

D. Diamond Restaurant & Bar is at 3/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2196 8126.