It's fair to say that Lupa - Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's Roman-style trattoria and first Hong Kong dining venture - had a few teething issues. So it was with some trepidation that we visited Carnevino, the luxe steakhouse opened by the celebrity restaurateurs.
Thankfully, our worries were assuaged from our first sip of Friulano from Bastianich's own Italian vineyard.
The trio of carne cruda (HK$388) with steak tartare, veal carpaccio and wagyu sashimi was nicely seasoned with ancient Roman spices and extra virgin olive oil. Bone marrow with preserved lemon gremolata (HK$178) was smooth and rich, with a perfectly charred bone and crunchy toast accompaniment.
The star of the evening, dry-aged rib-eye for two (HK$1,568), arrived just as ordered - medium-rare with a nice char - and was carved at the table.
Our feast ended with the milk chocolate mousse with port wine reduction and caramelised hazelnuts (HK$98). Service was equally smooth and gracious.
5/F, LHT TOWER
31 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL