Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ee Da Le (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★★☆

Celebrity chef Harlan Goldstein is coming back with a vengeance. Following less than a year's hiatus, the hulking chef is returning to the local dining scene with a bang. And this time around, he's not returning with just one, not even two but three new restaurants all on Lyndhurst Terrace (擺花街)

Ee Da Le, meaning “Italy” in Cantonese, is the first of the three restaurants to debut last month. And the writing is already on the wall - it's a rustic Italian eatery serving modern and classic Italian dishes.

This first looks a little funky for a rustic Italian restaurant but I like the Italian opera-skirt inspired lampshades combining well with the predominantly wooden interior. 

A little nibble to get us going first while we waited for our starters to arrive.

First up was something that we ordered from the set lunch menu - vine-ripened tomato tartare.

It was topped by some rocket leaves and a slab of mozzarella while finishing with a balsamic dressing. Not bad.

Another starter was one of my all-time favorite Italian dish - Fritto di calamari. These crispy squid rings were nicely coated with a light crisp batter and served with two different dips, garlic tomato sugo and chili pickle mayo. Yum~

Chef Harlan has always been exceptionally good with sous vide salmon so the 44 degree slow-cooked salmon was the easy choice for me from the set menu.

The salmon fillet was really nice and soft with that melt-in-your-mouth texture but I thought the pumpkin orzo was a little too sweet as I would much prefer something a little more powerful (such as acidic) for an extra added kick to the flavors.

I can always count on Chef Harlan's homemade pasta and I just know I can't go wrong with this pappardelle with wild forest mushrooms, pancetta, smoked egg and grated D.O.P. Pecorino. It was soooo goood...

Ee Da Le's hearty Italian dishes are meant to be shared among friends. Looks like I have just found the perfect venue for my next guys' gathering.

Food Rating: 6/10
Price: $$$
Address: 3/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Central / Hong Kong Station
Tel: +852 2896-1838

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