Eating out: * Michelin Otto e Mezzo Macau
So, everyone jokingly calls this restaurant my husband’s “canteen”, as Robuchon once was where he’d dine up to four times a week there by himself. As you can see, my cooking at home can never measure up.
We head to Ciak and Otto e Mezzo in Hong Kong whenever we’re in town and have our pre-travel dinner before our red eye flight home to France always begins with dinner at Bombana’s before we jump on the airport express. Well, the perks of being married to a chef!
We dine at Otto e Mezzo about once every two-three months and get to try dishes that Antimo is experimenting and often times not yet on the menu. Yes, what a privilege and what we eat isn’t always what everyone is getting on the degustation. The food is always simple, luxurious and perfectly executed.
If you need tips on what to order – these are our favourites and I always end up ordering the same.
The tuna starter, and the Alaskan crab “Chitara” pasta is an absolute must (it’s the best of all the sea creatures distilled in a dish with perfectly cooked al dente pasta). Chitara means guitar in Italian and the pasta gets its name from the string pasta machine that slices it. We also always order the burrata ravioli followed by the veal chops milanese (for two persons).
We lucked out with a seasonal green bean pasta dish that chef Antimo says it’s a cheap seasonal vegetable that his grandmother cooks with. Sooo good.
And this bitter chocolate mousse dessert – everything I could ask for.
The chefs often send each other’s guests to their restaurants between Hong Kong and Macau and we’ve been invited many times as part of the chef fraternity taking care of each other and returning the favour at each other’s restaurants, but of course we know the business reality and are not perennial freeloaders. Our average check comes up to 3000-3500Mop for two with a bottle of wine and usually enjoy a flute or two of champagne on the house.
If you’re a truffle fan, you will not find a more generous restaurant with truffles, so do save up and take the truffles menu, it will be totally worth it.
Otto e Mezzo Bombana
1031, 1/F, Galaxy Macau
Monday – Saturday
Lunch: 12pm – 2:30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10:30pm
Bar: 12pm – 12am
Close every Sunday