Diner’s Diary

US$152 is a lot to pay for a plate of pasta. Will gold flake topped truffle tagliolini sell?

  • An Italian restaurant in Wan Chai has taken its truffle season promotion to new heights
  • For not much more, diners can tuck into a five-course, Michelin-star truffle feast of foie gras and lobster. Or you can have burger and fries for much less
PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 December, 2018, 11:55am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 December, 2018, 1:32pm

Restaurants in Hong Kong are vying for diners’ attention with tempting promotions. It being the season for white truffles, every second one is serving the prized fungi on everything they can think of – pasta, seafood, beef.

One restaurant seems to have topped them all by not only adding the requisite truffles, but some bling too.

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Emporio Antico, on the 18th floor of a building in Wan Chai, has a new dish this month – golden tagliolini with white truffles. It’s not just that the pasta is golden – it’s topped with gold flakes.

At HK$1,888 (US$152) a plate, it’s an eye-watering price for jacked-up pasta. Is anyone biting?

For not much more you could dine at one-Michelin-star Rech by Alain Ducasse at the InterContinental Hong Kong hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui and have a five-course meal garnished with black truffles. Dishes include foie gras and truffle ravioli, beef fillet and blue lobster, and a black truffle Camembert. And the harbour view is fantastic. The price? HK$1,788.

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Or you could forget the truffles, line up on Johnston Road, Wan Chai, and get yourself a cheeseburger at Five Guys. The fries are really good.