[Hong Kong] Locanda dell'Angelo

Rating: ❤❤❤ (3/5)

We were meeting up with a few friends for dinner and initially J wanted to go back to Neighborhood, but I suggested to go to Locanda dell'Angelo instead since I had heard good things about it. Located in Happy Valley, the small cozy restaurant is manned by chef-owner Angelo Agliano who is from Sicily. Unfortunately the food turned out to be pretty average and way overpriced. We started with a platter of amuse bouche; I actually don't know what two of items were because the staff never bothered to explain what they were.

The Gillardeau Oyster and Hamachi Tartare with Tomato Confit, Avocado and Caviar ($328 for 2) is one of the chef's signature dish. When I saw it on the menu, I was reminded of the oyster tartare at Caprice and I wanted to see how it would compare. Unfortunately it tasted more like a guacamole as the oyster was barely noticeable. It could have used more acidity as well.

The Beef Carpaccio with Arugula and Parmigiano ($208) was quite bland as the beef lacked flavors.

The Pan-fried Mediterranean Baby Squid with Broccoli Rabe and Ink Sauce ($258) was also not as flavorful as I thought it would be and the portion was surprisingly tiny for the price.

We ended up trying three different pastas but we weren't able to try the signature Boston lobster linguine as it was sold out, so we got the Busiate Trapanesi "Aglio Olio" with Clam and Tuna Bottarga ($288) instead. I was disappointed at the micro specks of bottarga that was barely visible and it didn't really taste like aglio olio to me as it lacked any garlic flavors.

I had expected richer tomato and cheese flavors from the Rigatoni "Mancini" in Sicilian flavors with Pecorino Cheese and Basil ($248), but somehow they failed to come through.

We weren't able to try the lobster linguine but we were able to try its other signature Risotto "Acquerello" with Hokkaido Sea Urchin, Fresh Wasabi and Chive ($368). This was probably the best out of the other dishes we tried but it did have that slight fishy smell that I'm very sensitive to when it comes to sea urchin.

The Tiramisu with Coffee Ice ($118) provided a nice sweet ending to the meal (although the staff never explained how we should eat this). I'm guessing the idea of having the coffee ice on the side is to avoid making the sponge cake soggy, but the mascarpone cheese flavor can be stronger.

Locanda dell'Angelo
10-12 Yuen Yuen Street, Happy Valley
Tel: +852 3709 2788

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