A little background: Carbone Hong Kong is a New York-Italian restaurant that pays homage to the essence of the great Italian restaurants of mid-20th century in New York, where delicious, exceptionally well-prepared food was served in settings that were simultaneously elegant, comfortable and unpretentious. The food nods to that same history, but takes culinary cues from the great talents and techniques of the present and future, featuring familiar dishes like Seafood Salad, Linguini Vongole, Lobster Fra Diavola, Chicken Scarpariello and Veal Parmesan elevated to a new level.
My visit: I miss New York-style Italian food so when I heard that Carbone will be expanding to Hong Kong, I was excited. I immediately made a reservation for me and my foodie friends! I loved how the minute you step out of the elevator into Carbone, you’ve gone back in time to a mid-20th century Italian-American restaurant – from checkered tile flooring to wooden paneling. Waiters in full-on tux and Frank Sanatra playing in the background.
Who doesn’t like freebies? Especially when it’s extremely tasty garlic bread, fresh Parmesan cheese and spicy salami. We were given these while we explored the ginormous menu. They were so good I almost got full on these!
Our meal started off with the wagyu beef carpaccio. The wagyu was well-marbled but we found that it was too overly drenched with black truffle oil that the flavor of the beef got lost.
The octopus was delicious. It was perfectly tender and the portion was generous. The roasted peppers added just the right amount of sweetness and heat to the dish. We were all very pleased. The baked clams cooked three ways, on the other hand, was nicely cooked, but it’s not a dish that we would order again.
I had high hopes for the spicy rigatoni vodka as everyone was raving about it. The pasta was cooked al dente but I found the sauce a little too rich for my liking and it was also missing the kick from a chili that was promised in name of the dish.
The meatballs were definitely the highlight of the night. They were juicy and flavourful and the rich tomato sauce that it was covered in was so incredible that it got us fighting over the last drop of the sauce.
Unfortunately we were too full for dessert however I have heard great things about the lemon cheesecake.
Verdict: Overall, we had a pretty good dining experience here. We thought the price was quite reasonable for Hong Kong standards considering that they are serving “American” portions. The service was outstanding and the food was solid. It is a restaurant that I would definitely return to and recommend to others.
Happy eating 🙂
9/F, Lan Kwai Fong Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Lan Kwai Fong,Central
852 2593 2593