[Hong Kong] New Menu at 208 Duecento Otto

Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Back at 208 Duecento Otto to try the newly revamped bar menu! 208 is a rustic New York-style Italian restaurant where you can rely on to get good food and have a great time for a reasonable price. My first visit was several years ago when J took me here for my birthday and we were impressed with the Neapolitan pizza which are made in a custom pizza oven from Italy so we gladly came back to try the new menu at the lively bar area recently. 

We started the night with some aperitivo - J went for the classic Negroni with Beefeater gin and olive while I chose the Fiore with Suze gentian liqueur and soda. Both were on the strong side but the bartender came prepared to adjust our drinks since everyone's preference can be different. 

Both the Fig, Curd & Vincotto Crostini ($78) and the White Anchovies, Raisin & Almond Crostini ($78) were delicious to eat as the combination of ingredients resulted in matching flavors and I especially adore anything with fig! 

The Mushroom Arancini ($78) was crispy on the outside with a creamy filling which was paired with a tasty truffle mayo.

I liked munching on the crispy Whitebait Fritti with Salsa Verde ($88) like fries but the fritters could have used more seasoning though. 

The Polenta Cake with Maple & Mascarpone ($68) was moist and mildly sweet with a crumbly and grainy texture. 

After we were done with our bar snacks, we got some house bellinis next to go with our pizzas and mains. We tried the Cannella with pear & cinnamon and Sicilia with Limoncello & blood orange - I loved bellinis and I would have preferred ours to be a bit sweeter.

We ended up trying 3 different pizzas and my favorite of the night was the Tuscan with a delicious topping combo of mozzarella, goat cheese, semi-dried tomato and crispy bacon plus I just love the crispy crust and chewy base of the pizzas here!

Salmone Affumicato ($188) with mozzarella, smoked salmon, horseradish, creme fraiche, black olive.

Boscaiola ($178) with tomato base, mozzarella, cotto ham, mushrooms, peas.

Tuscan ($198) with mozzarella, goat cheese, semi-dried tomato, crispy bacon and garlic.

The Gnocchi ($128) with Pea, Mint, Walnut and Pancetta had all the classic flavors of a comfort dish and I especially loved the chewy texture of the gnocchi. 

We ended our savory dishes with a bang with this delicious Slipper Lobster with Garlic Risoni ($248). 

For our desserts, we each got some digestive cocktails with Hot Buttered Rum with Gosling's dark rum, Cointreau, chardonnay, butter, aromatic and bitters and Espresso Martini with Absolut vodka, Kahlua and espresso. Each were good in its own way but I think I prefer the hot buttered rum more with its rich aroma and soothing flavors. 

The Salted Pear & Frangipane Tart ($78) tasted rather light and not too sweet but I thought the pear flavor could have been stronger. 

The Warm Chocolate Fudge Brownie ($88) was my absolute favorite of the two with its rich luscious flavors, crisp edges and molten center!

Thanks to FeedMe Guru for organizing!

*By Invitation

208 Duecento Otto
208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 2549 0208

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