Truffles to Salt-Grilled Fish: Head to Central for Seasonal Autumn Dishes
The Truffle Shuffle
This autumn, it’s truffle season at DiVino (G/F, 73 Wyndham St., Central, 2167-8883) and Chef Michele Senigaglia wants you to tell him what to make. “No rules, no limitations, no menu” is the motto this season; customers can enjoy truffles on any dish they can think of—within Italian parameters, of course. Want a poached egg topped with just a hint of truffle? No problem. A tagliatelle carbonara drowned in the stuff? Done and done. But for less seasoned truffle tasters, there’s also a special a la carte menu packed with the fabulous fungus. Some items on offer from Chef Michele include U.S. beef tartare served with slow-cooked egg and white truffles, buffalo ricotta dumplings laid on a granda padano cream with Alba truffle petals, carnaroli risotto with Franciacorta wine, parmesan and white truffle… the list goes on. As for price, that’s hard to tell—all truffles are sold at auction, so costs can’t be guaranteed until the little nuggets are on the way to Hong Kong. The menu is fully underway from November, but we’ve heard that Divino might have a little smattering of the speciality as soon as next week…
San Ma Time
Another seasonal dish is on the way. For those in Hokkaido, it’s the season for the delectable sanma fish, renowned for its sweet, oily flesh. Not planning a trip to Hokkaido? Restaurant chain Senryo (various locations including Shop 3099-3100, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 2234-7633) is getting the elusive fish delivered from Toyko’s famous Tsukiji Market straight to your bellies. September and October are the best months to enjoy these little swimmers: Keep your order simple with a plate of salt-grilled sanma, which only needs to be accompanied by a touch of grated daikon and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
The team behind Sheung Wan’s Corner Kitchen Café has taken over what used to be Mano with a new concept. Jakarta-born American Vivian Herijanto and Manila-native Shally
Lees are the chefs taking on what’s now known as Mano Café (G/F, The L Place, 139 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2362-6997), serving up comforting dishes with a saucy Southeast Asian twist. Tasty-looking dishes include Balinese crispy duck with green sambal, Asian-inspired tacos and an Asian pulled pork burger. Not feeling peckish? Mano’s aiming to be an all-day concept, with breakfast through to happy hour drinks.