Sunday, January 8, 2017

Si Simply Italian (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

We were fairly determined to check out some of these eateries at the new D2 Place Phase 2 so right after testing the water at The Salted Pig a few weeks ago, we decided to drop by its next-door neighbour, Si Simply Italian for a quick supper tonight.

From what I have read online, Si is an Italian restaurant opened by a few Italian friends in Hong Kong. Having said that, I would assume the authenticity of their recipe is without question, right?

Italian red prawn carpaccio with lemon olive oil and fresh herbs ($188) - There's only a handful of appetizers (including soup) on the menu so we were only able to pick one out of the bunch. The red prawn carpaccio was an easy choice for a seafood lover like me and early signs indicated that I have made the right move. Look at that wonderful presentation!

But looks can be deceiving sometimes. I thought this was pretty decent (it looked a bit better than it tasted to be honest) but a bit more acidity would have brought it to another level.

Egg tagliolini with sea urchin cream sauce and fresh parley ($188) - Was it just me or everything tasted a little bland tonight?

Well, the homemade egg tagliolini was really nice but the sea urchin cream sauce was a bit light. Perhaps a little too light for the tagliolini. And seriously, let's have a little more sea urchin please coz this portion was tough to share among the two of us.

Risotto with fresh Italian porcini mushroom and parmigiano ($148) - This was meant to be a little bland I guess with parmigiano and fresh porcini mushroom leading the charge. The risotto was good with just the right amount of cheesiness. Not bad.

Homemade Tiramisu ($78) - I was absolutely stuffed but dessert was something I could never turn down. This tiramisu was quite disappointing though. For starters, the ladyfingers were way too crunchy for me (and my teeth). I love tiramisu which is soft and moist so this wasn't working for me.

They have got some solid homemade pasta and their risotto was good. Both of them were worth a punt but the rest of the dishes probably require some fine tuning if you ask me.

Food Rating: 4.5/10
Price: $$$
Address: Shop G03, G/F, D2 Place TWO, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Lai Chi Kok
Tel: +852 2370-9022

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