plates of deliciousness at 'italian cuisine'.
iphoneography by me.
iphoneography by me.
At the risk of sounding snobbish, I have to say that I'm a girl of fine tastes, especially when it comes to food. Hedonist is the key word here, illustrated by my weekly jaunts to Sunday brunch. As much as I appreciate a good ol' hole-in-the-wall with folding tables and fishball noodles (as any decent Hong Konger would), I'm more of a white tablecloth and multiple forks kind of person. Every weekend, I take to the streets of Hong Kong in search of a nice meal. There's just something so pleasant about indulging in fine dining every once in a while. Do note that my idea of 'fine' takes into account a student budget and doesn't entail the exorbitantly expensive.
It's why I was so pleased to find Italian Cuisine, a place tucked away in the streets of Sai Ying Pun. Sai Ying Pun has been dubbed 'the new Soho', with the appearance of new restaurants and the empty properties that are a sure sign of gentrification. Currently, it's in a sort of intermediary state, with an juxtaposition of upscale cafes and local cha chan tengs (tea shops). I love Sai Ying Pun because the food prices there have yet to match those of Soho, but the quality of the restaurants is on the rise. Italian Cuisine is a paragon of this. Offering a three-course lunch at $88 HKD, it's a place where I can enjoy good food without leaving with an empty wallet.
The name of the restaurant is a misnomer: Italian Cuisine serves dishes from a variety of European countries. I enjoyed a delicious seafood paella for the main course, but not before eating a caesar salad appetizer (drenched in sauce just the way I like it) and a bountiful abundance of bread dipped in olive oil. Of course, the piece de resistance was the dessert, gooey fudge brownies topped with vanilla ice cream and strawberries (my favorite). I bet you all are drooling now courtesy of my wonderful food photography (ehem iphoneography) skills. If you head down to Sai Ying Pun, you can check out the deliciousness in person. I have to say that the outward appearance of the restaurant is pretty innocuous and not at all eye-catching, but the food makes up for it tenfold.
Experience my thrifty 'fine dining' at Italian Cuisine, 65 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong.