On a recent trip to Hong Kong my partner and I dined at Domani Restaurant in Admiralty. What a place! The setting is really quite lovely and the architecture is amazing. You really do have to at least stop by for an afternoon coffee, just to admire the ceiling because it is incredible.
The bar makes really nice cocktails and the selection of Italian wines is sublime. I think I nearly became a convert that night. I'm an Aussie wine fan and haven't thought much of Italian wines in the past - maybe through lack of education and making the wrong choices. With the assistance of sommelier John and the very well informed wait staff we enjoyed some beautifully paired reds and whites which made a delightful meal even more enjoyable.
If you love seafood, you will be in heaven at Domani - there is plenty on the menu. I am allergic to almost all seafood and the wait staff and brilliant chef were kind enough to help me navigate around this very successfully. This lead to me being challenged by beef tartare for only the second time in my life. I actually enjoyed it and would consider trying it again, though suspect that in a lesser restaurant I would not like it very much at all.
My partner had (and enjoyed very much indeed) the black garlic and guinea fowl broth with robiola (an Italian soft ripened cheese) filled squid ink pasta. I didn't dare taste it because of the squid ink, but he absolutely raved about it.
We also tried a lovely home made pasta with porcini mushrooms and black truffle. Neither of us had ever tried truffle before so we aren't able to comment other than it was a new experience and very pleasant. Somewhere around this mid part of the meal we tried an Italian white wine that we both really loved and I am very sorry I don't remember what it was called. There were such a lot of new flavours and the whole ambience was so wonderful it was hard to focus on everything at once and commit all the details to memory precisely. I suppose that could have a bit to do with the wonderful cocktail I had to finish off the meal, I think it might have been called a Golden Phonecian, but I wouldn't swear by it.
Our main meals were lovely and were sensible sizes without being whatsoever stingy. I particularly enjoyed my mash, which goes to show that sometimes it's the little things that make a meal. All the little touches on each of our dishes were just perfect and the wait staff's timing was always impeccable which went a long way towards make this experience one of the loveliest dinners out I have ever had (and that is not to disrespect the chef in any way - simply to say that one must go with the other).
In the dessert department I would have to say don't miss the bitter orange ice cream if it is on the menu when you are there. To die for. Have a coffee to round it all out, they make good coffee and serve it with panache. I did have a quick skim read of the bar menu before we are seated and I think it would be a very nice choice for a simple bar meal as well and though we were seated inside, there is outdoor seating available also.
I totally recommend this place. If you feel concerned about the potential expense of the main restaurant menu, just go for a coffee or a bar meal and check it out - but ask to see the other menu while you are there and at least let yourself dream!
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