A taste of the Sweet Life in Central
Within seconds of sitting down at my table at 8 and a half Otto e Mezzo a waiter appears from nowhere to whisk away my coat. You may think there is nothing special about that act but this is Hong Kong and no one has ever offered to take my coat to a cloakroom in any restaurant, Michelin starred or not. Next a cute stool arrives for my handbag and the Maitre d’ is over offering a glass of champagne. So far so slick.
8 and a half Otto e Mezzo, named after the Frederico Fellini film about a search for inspiration, has been a Hong Kong favorite since chef Umberto Bombana opened it. But just recently its appeal has reached stella heights with the Michelin guide elevating it from two to three stars, the only Italian restaurant outside Italy to achieve this status. With all this in mind I’m chomping at the bit to eat here.