It’s often said about the traditional cuisine of Italy that the most important thing is the use of high-quality ingredients, so that the flavours speak for themselves. Newly opened Fiamma Italian restaurant in Hong Kong embodies this approach and is a fitting addition to HK’s world-class culinary scene.
One thing is certain: as the restaurant is located just a stone’s throw from the Peak Tower, there’s no denying you’ll have some of the city’s best views while dining here. Among the most renowned Italian chefs worldwide, Michelin-starred Chef Enrico Bartolini has left no stone unturned in his approach to Fiamma. Chef Bartolini’s five restaurants have gained eight Michelin stars – and he’s not finished yet.
Whether you’ve hiked up Old Peak Road or taken the tram, make sure you’re hungry, as you’ll want to consume most of the menu. The smell of the freshly oven-baked pizzas and the slow-cooked wild boar ragu makes it feel like you’ve just walked into a family home in Italy.
We went for dinner, 7.30pm on a Friday, and were not disappointed. The place was teeming with locals and expats alike, all keen to sample Italy’s culinary delights in this iconic location. The food menu is full of crowd-pleasers, from a soft creamy burrata from southern Italy to a beef tartare with quail egg yolk and fresh black truffle. The predominantly Italian wine list is simple yet thoughtfully constructed to ensure it’s accessible and unpretentious, with a range of wines that pair perfectly with the dishes.
The main problem we faced was knowing what to order – as a result, we put ourselves in the reliable hands of the chef. He didn’t disappoint! I started with a roasted Spanish octopus in an arrabbiata sauce with a zing of lemon, and didn’t want it to end. I followed this with a succulent lamb chop that fell off the bone, covered in a tangy salsa verde. Meanwhile, my partner had polished off the tartare and was tucking into freshly made beef tortellini swimming in a parmesan fondue that gave me some serious food envy.
For dessert, we shared a dreamy panna cotta that can only be described as liquid heaven and in itself justifies a trip to Fiamma. If that wasn’t enough, we finished with a savoury cannoli sprinkled with dark chocolate chips; the pastry was so crispy you could swear it was imported from Italy just hours ago.
Why you’ll love it
For a change of scene, impressive Hong Kong views and a show-stopping menu, this smart Italian restaurant is for you. It combines the highlights of traditional cuisine in an unpretentious way, in a warm family setting.
This restaurant is perfect for:
Weekend date night, or a large lunch with family or friends. It would also suit as a well deserved treat after the steep hike to the Peak!
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This article first appeared in the Winter 2020 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.