Britain's favourite mockney has made his way to these shores by opening up a branch of his Italian chain restaurants.
It's been open for nearly two months and my wife and I recently went there for lunch. The hype is still there as we waited an hour and a half (90 minutes) until we got a table.
We were placed in a compact table in the middle of the restaurant. The floor area not spacious but did not feel cramped during the full lunch service. It has a rustic Italian decor, probably similar to all branches. They have hanging cured meats as shown below and there's a noticeable dragon mural painting on of one of the walls for a local touch.
|Lighting & Cured Meats|
I decided to go for the Fish in a Bag dish on offer and share a bruschetta with my wife for starters. We were advised that the fish would take a little longer, which was not an issue as we had order the bread to being our meal.
The bruschetta arrived first, as shown below. Dainty pieces of crispy bread with crab meat and apple shavings on top, served with mashed avocado and ricotta to the side. It was all nicely presented on a wooden platter. A bit small to look at but tasty combination of ingredients to make a good starter. The picture also shows the drinks we ordered; with the lemon and basil ice tea at the top and lemonade at the bottom.
|Fish in a Bag|
|Roast Potato & Linguine|
|Dessert & Tea|
The muddled timings of food service maybe down to the Asian culture of sharing food when eating in a group but this was not what I was expecting from a Western restaurant. I believe they would be able to prepare the food at the same time if one requested it that way, I hope.
Overall it was good but for the wait we had to be seated and the price, it was not worth it. I would advise to give it a try if you have not been to a different branch in the world when the queues subside.
Total Bill: 673HKD, about £27 a head.
We ate: All of the above, all ordered al la carte.
We drank: Lemon & basil ice tea, which had a strong basil taste.
I wore: Italian branded jeans.