Osteria Ristorante Italiano’s regional fare means business in Hong Kong
Relaxed Tsim Sha Tsui restaurant offers modern twists to classic Italian dishes and serves a three-course menu for the business crowd
FARE Classic regional Italian fare with modern touches.
AMBIENCE The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly - from the warm colours to the friendly staff. There is an open kitchen, black and white chequered flooring with wooden tables. The red brick back wall adds to the cosy vibe.
COST Three-course business lunch menu with buffet salad bar is HK$258; four courses, HK$288. Otherwise, the à la carte ranges from HK$220 to HK$370 for mains.
WHO TO BRING Family and friends, and good for business lunches.
TURN-ONS The buffet of cold cuts, cheese, antipasti, and grilled vegetables, and salads that include tuna, chicken, shrimp and beans were all a good way to start a healthy meal. The ingredients were fresh andinviting. They were followed by a hearty classic minestrone – Genova-style – with basil pesto, which was delicious. The prawn carpaccio with sautéed vegetables, pea sauce and salmon roe looked like art on a plate. We then went for the Mediterranean sea bass with cream of broad beans and roasted vegetables, which also included asparagus. The skin on the sea bass was deliciously crispy while the fish’s meat was soft and tender and the vegetables were cooked perfectly. The desserts were buffet style – we went for the fresh fruit, as we were on a health kick.
TURN-OFFS The dessert choices were limited.
DRINKS There is a good selection of Italian wines.