Foodies all over Hong Kong were excited about the opening of Ee Da Le, one of the ventures of celebrity chef Harlan Goldstein. We went along to sample the fare at the eatery, named after the Cantonese pronunciation of Italy.
Ee Da Le offers an extensive menu of rustic Italian food and has an authentic feel, with its opera skirt-inspired light shades, bold colours and wooden furniture. After a pre-dinner cocktail, we started with the signature antipasti, char-grilled octopus ($188), which was served with sopressata, on a bed of mashed potatoes and olives. It was delicious, and definitely something we’d order again.
The Caprese salad ($148) was a lovely combination of buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, parmigiano and black olive pesto. There’s a good selection of pasta dishes to choose from, among them the rather pricey signature dish, linguine with red prawns ($488) and a spaghetti dish ($428) that comes with generous portions of king crab. The pasta dishes are perfect for sharing.
The highlight for us, though, were the lamb chops ($338), which were divine: cooked to perfection, and mixed with a smoky eggplant and roasted cherry tomato vinaigrette. And given that no Italian meal is complete without tiramisu, we were looking forward to sampling Ee Da Le’s version ($75).
Made with banana mascarpone, salted caramel and coffee cookies, it was delicious, and a great way to finish the meal. With the addition of some pistachio ice cream and a cappuccino, we definitely found our dessert happy place.
3/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
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