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.
|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