Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hong Kong: Trattoria Doppio Zero

Doppio Zero, literally double-zeroes, is supposed to be the finest grade of flour used to make what one could expect to be the finest fresh pasta in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, I didn't find it to be the case. I thought that everything at Doppio was a little bit off; pastas were more chewy than al-dente, taste was a bit on the bland side where I expect bold flavors, and presentation was average.

Actually, we did return one of the pasta dish because it was under-cooked. And yes, we know what al-dente should be like, but when there's a piece of pasta that is solid, this is not authentic in anybody's book. Incidentally, what we returned to the kitchen came back virtually the same. If I were a chef and a dish of mine was returned which I believed was fine, I would actually go argue with the client. Or, if the dish was cooked wrong, I would go apologize. None of this at Doppio Zero.

All in all, a disappointing experience which made us decide that there wouldn't be a second time.

Octopus. Was not very good. Octopus is nice when grilled so it is slightly charred so as to have a smokey taste, resistant to the tooth whole not being rubbery. This one was a bit mushy, and tasteless. It also looked a bit messy. As if there was no love being put in the preparation. HKD $120

Burrata. Basically a mozzarella ball stuffed with cheese and cream. On a bed of  arugula and pickled red onion, with eggplant jam and aged balsamic vinegar. That was fine if uninspired. $95

Fritti Misti. Various deep-fried seafood morsels. Nothing subtle there. Batter could have been lighter. $60

Chitarra pasta with sea urchin, crab roe and tarragon. Although I thought that the pastas were not the best, flavor was there and very satisfying. Best dish of the night in my opinion. $165

We went as a group and although I did not sample all the dishes, the agreement was that the Spaghetti Carbonara, the Cappellacci and the villa mangiacane were not up to the guests' expectations.
Yet, the restaurant was full so I guess opinions vary. For myself, I would rather skip Doppio Zero and go to CineCitta (just a short walk from Olympic station, give it a try)

G/F, The Pemberton, 22 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

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