Hong Kong’s La Taverna dishes up old-school Italian favourites
Restaurant has been in the same spot in Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui since the early 1970s
FARE Italian. AMBIENCE La Taverna has occupied the same spot since the early 1970s, and before that, it was in Central. The restaurant has a distinctive terracotta exterior, and is a few steps below road level inside. The décor inside is old-school, with white tablecloths, dark furnishings, fiasco bottles covering the ceiling and large scenic paintings on the wall. COST Five-course tasting menu, HK$488, diners need to give two days’ notice when ordering this menu. WHO TO BRING A romantic interest, friends and family TURN-ONS The tasting menu features signatures from the à la carte, and we enjoyed the Mediterranean octopus carpaccio with steamed baby potatoes and Taggiasca olives, the warm ingredients went well with the octopus carpaccio. The Borgotaro porcini mushroom soup was rich and flavourful. The home-made ravioli filled with Adriatic prawns and mascarpone came with two large mussels, and the dish was covered in a tomato-based sauce. For the main course, we tried a classic pan-fried Dutch veal loin escallops with sautéed wild mushrooms and spinach, which did not disappoint. We finished with a creamy cake-free tiramisu served in a long stemmed glass, which was not too rich a way to finish a big meal. Coffee and tea are also served. TURN-OFFS The ravioli was too thick in parts. DRINKS Diners can choose to pair the dishes or select a good bottle of red, rosé or white, from their Italian wine list. Prosecco is HK$75 per glass or HK$380 a bottle.