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Monday, December 29, 2014

Bite-Size Review: Weekend Brunch at Al Molo Ristorante Italiano

I've dined at Al Molo for more than a half dozen times in the past couple of years.  Not because of the brand association with celeb chef Michael White (I'm a tad embarrassed to say he wasn't high on my culinary radar even though - name dropping alert - I've also brunched at his fine New York Michelin-starred establishment Ai Fiori at my favourite hotel in that city) but because the food and service at this Kowloon outpost have been nothing short of stellar during each and every occasion.  I know - that's a tough claim to make, but as it's not something I'm basing off a one-dine deal, I'm standing by it.

This is not Michael White, by the way.

Now, more often than not, I'm there for their weekend brunches.  For HKD338 (USD43) per person, I can have my fill of a complete antipasti selection of salads, soup, cured meats, cheeses, breads, tea or coffee, and one choice of a hot main dish, prepared a la minute.  Pony up another HKD128 (USD16,) unlimited sparkling, red and white wines are yours for the taking.  If all that is just too much, gastronomically and financially, there's a salad only option (HKD250 / USD32) which has all of the above, minus the beverages and the main dish.  All very good deals, especially considering the quality of the food which cannot be stressed too many times.  

Now that we have the costings and all its permutations out of the way, here are some snaps of the delish things I got to see and eat last weekend at Al Molo:

Fresh out of the oven : the pomodoro fresco pizza - from the main course section of the menu

The chefs keeping up with the insatiable brunchers.
Stuffed tomatoes, arancini (fried rice balls) and masses of olives.

Boards of pancetta and prosciutto, smoked salmon and parmigiano reggiano.

My main course of braciola - a generously sized grilled pork chop just the right side of pink with sauteed sweet corn and fried baby fennel. 

Finishing off with bombolini - a deep-fried, sugar dusted Italian donut filled with cream.  It's the European cousin to the Portuguese malasada (with an aloha shout out to Leonard's Bakery in Honolulu!) and possibly to the Boston cream donut (hey there, Tim Hortons!)  Yeah, these are pretty much my go-to pastries in the western world: all goodness and all decadence.

Al Molo Ristorante Italiano - Shop G63, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.
Telephone: +852 2730 7900.  Suitable for families with small children.
Reservations highly recommended.


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