Mediterranean magic: Lupa by Mario Batali in Central
AMBIENCE Contemporary design with large windows overlooking Queen's Road, and the terrace bar is ideal for cocktails and snacks.
COST HK$2,000 for two with a glass of wine each.
WHO TO BRING A date or business associates.
TURN ONS The starters of Affettati Misti with a selection of meats including Parma ham heart, roasted pork belly, salami, wild boar sausage and mortadella, and the black truffle and potato croquettes with fresh cheese cream and chives are both good for sharing. For mains, we went for the seared sea scallops with piquillo peppers stuffed with whipped codfish and raspberry vinaigrette and blackberries - the scallops were cooked to perfection. The crabmeat and peppers were also perfectly done - the textures of soft and crunchy and the balance of sweet, salty and sour flavours made this my favourite dish. The ravioli with spinach and ricotta cheese, tomato sauce and basil is a great choice. For dessert, we loved the dark chocolate molten cake with caramel ice cream. The pistachio parfait with chocolate sauce and almond cookies is also a winner.
TURN OFFS Although the restaurant was not busy, we waited some time to be served, and efforts to attract the attention of the wait staff went unnoticed.
DRINKS A good selection of Italian and other international wines and cocktails.
Lupa by Mario Batali
3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road, Central tel: 2796 6500