8½ Otto e Mezzo

Price guide: Expensive

202 Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong

Price guide: Expensive

8½ Otto e Mezzo

By Ed Peters, your Hong Kong expert

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#7 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
4.6
4.6
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Foodies, Honeymooners, Design and architecture, People watching, Romance, Shopping, Special occasions

Best for Gourmets - Expert review of 8½ Otto e Mezzo

Superb Italian food. Pricey, mind you, but superb.

Quite a few Hong Kong chefs have made a name for themselves in hotels, and then gone on to open their own restaurant. Umberto Bombana started out at The Ritz-Carlton, and rather than resting on his laurels capitalised on them with this, his personal paean to all (Italian) things bright and beautifully edible.

Food and drink: 

To give you a vague outline - there is a cellar crammed with vintage vino; an ageing room equally full of imported meats and cheeses; truffles (in season) peeled at your table. 

Ambience: 

It's glitzy and glamorous. Italian is Hong Kong's most popular "foreign" food, and they come here every night to pay unqualified tribute.

Service: 

This is one of those regrettably all too rare restaurants where only some time afterwards do you stop yourself and say "Wow, the service was amazing too".

Location: 

It's difficult to get more Central - on top of the MTR and a cruet-toss from Statue Square.

Price advice: 

If it's a romantic celebration, sort out who's paying first. A conservative estimate is HK$1,000 per head. 

More information on 8½ Otto e Mezzo:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
Italian
Address:
202 Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
Telephone:
2537 8859
Website:
http://www.otto-e-mezzo.com
Serves:
Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily noon-11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Splurge

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