Restaurant review: Mitte, Sheung Wan - delicious Italian, odd-looking space
Friendly staff, quality ingredients and some nice variations on Italian staples made for a pleasant meal.
Price: about HK$310 without drinks or the service charge.
Ambience: it's a strange mix, with a DJ, disco ball and a bar area into which a tiny kitchen space is squeezed.
Recommended dishes: linguine with colatura di alici (anchovy juice), tomatoes and parsley (HK$148) sounds simple, but it was an excellent dish because of the quality of the ingredients; the tomatoes were sweet, and they didn't stint on the anchovy. Bucatini amatrice (HK$128) with guanciale, tomato and pecorino was a very cheesy, rich version and the bucatini was a little overcooked, but the flavours were still enjoyable. Deep-fried lamb chops (HK$210) had mild-tasting, moist meat that was served with deliciously sweet, crunchy caramelised onions. Grilled calamari with Amalfitan sauce (HK$220) featured two large, well-charred calamari that were tender, despite the size.
Pros: our waiter didn't take our order correctly, but he was friendly and tried to make things right.
Cons: the waiter somehow missed writing down one of the pasta dishes we ordered, so the second pasta was served with our main courses. There was a long wait between some courses, and there was a hair in one of the dishes. The burrata di Andria served with 20 months matured Parma ham (HK$220) wasn't oozy enough.
What else? We were too full for dessert, even though the nutellina (deep-fried pizza dough with Nutella) sounded tempting.
Mitte, 1A Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 2803 7080. Open: Tuesday to Saturday 5pm-midnight (dinner seatings are 6.30pm-8.30pm, and 8.30pm until close)