Newly opened The Drawing Room in Central – Italian fine dining

Relocated restaurant’s flavour combinations and presentation in tasting menus evoke a refreshing summer vibe

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 May, 2016, 8:02am
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 May, 2016, 8:02am

Anyone who’s been following the Hong Kong dining scene for a while will remember The Drawing Room, which was in the JIA Hotel in Causeway Bay before it was revamped and renamed the J Plus Hotel in mid-2014. The fine-dining Italian restaurant has resurfaced at PMQ in Central, where it replaces Vasco, which closed last month.

If you’re waiting for a friend, the restaurant will provide you with a piece of paper with a set of crayons to doodle with. It’s a drawing room, right?

The decor hasn’t changed much from when it was Vasco. We were seated in a small nook consisting of two small tables. There are two tasting menus, one seasonal, the other classic, with prices at HK$798 for four courses, HK$998 for five.

We sampled both four-course menus and were pleased with the results. The creamy burrata with marinated raw Italian red prawns and raw tomato juice poured at the table resulted in flavours that were slightly acidic and very refreshing.

Grilled quail was flavourful with a light foie gras mousse that went well with the tart red cherry marmalade.

Another delicious second course was two stalks of green asparagus with a slow-cooked Japanese egg that had a rich orange runny yolk that combined beautifully with the taleggio sauce, and bits of truffle.

Uni fans will enjoy the spaghetti with Hokkaido sea urchin and bottarga. The uni was very creamy; the one fault of the dish was that the pasta was not al dente.

The mains were solid: the roasted wild turbot was well cooked with delicious thin long crunchy greens called barba di frate (opposite-leaved saltwort), fresh peas and chunks of pancetta.

We also liked the piece of roasted black Angus tenderloin cooked medium as requested, and the marinated cubes of ox tongue even more so, accompanied with a creamy potato purée and mustard sauce.

The desserts were refreshingly light. Strawberries with orange, basil and mascarpone ice cream had a medley of tastes and textures with some cereal for crunch, while our other dessert, with chunks of fresh peach with cinnamon ice cream and coconut pudding, was the perfect flavour of summer.

The Drawing Room

Shop H701-H708, 7/F, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, tel: 2156 0888