In our concrete jungle, often finding outdoor space is a challenge. So how do Hong Kongers get around this problem? They build outdoor space amidst the concrete jungle, above the traffic. DiVino Group’s newest baby, DiVino Patio, has joined the throng of restaurants that line brand new alfresco dining area Brim 28 in Wan Chai. Spanning over around 4,000 square feet, DiVino Patio has the luxury of a great sized indoor space as well as, obviously, a patio.
Having thought it an excellent idea to walk from Central, eating outside was thankfully not considered, yet I can imagine the patio to be mightily popular on the crisp autumn evenings that are not too far in the future (I hope!). The space inside is designed to be a replica of a 1950s Italian style grocery shop, with red brick walls and rustic blackboards. All that’s missing are legs of prosciutto hanging from the ceiling and giant wheels of Parmesan.
Our feast began with an enormous, beautifully presented knot of burrata, adorned with a green leaf and served alongside a vibrant cherry tomato salad. At first sight, we were convinced that the three of us would barely make a dent in this colossal 500g ball of cheese; however, one bite and we were hooked, meaning we had no choice but to finish the entire plate. Firm on the outside, the centre was gorgeously creamy whilst still wonderfully light, pairing perfectly with the crisp, sweet flavour of the cherry tomatoes and red onions. I still dream of this burrata…
A rustic wooden plate overflowing with amazing antipasti followed, offering coppa, speck, Parma ham, salami Milano and mortadella. The meats were of the highest quality; one of the many authentic items, including the chef, that is flown in straight from Italia.
Onto the main courses, we shared the pasta I had had my eye on since we arrived, the Penne “Jerome” style, named after one of DiVino on Wyndham Street’s loyal customers; apparently he would always order this dish, despite it not being on the menu – I can completely understand why! Imagine perfectly al dente pasta bathed in rich, creamy gorgonzola and truffle; what is there not to like about this dish?!
To follow came individual portions of spit-roasted ‘porchetta’ that made each one of us ‘ooooh’ in excitement. After being deboned and marinated in Italian spices and fennel, the suckling pig is slow roasted for four hours, leaving it amazingly succulent and tender. The spiral of meat came served atop buttery rosemary mashed potatoes, and topped with an artichoke ‘rose’; it was heavenly.
Last but never ever least, dessert was DiVino’s Sweet Kick Platter: Tiramisu, Trio of chocolate and Sicilian Cannoli, which were each to die for. The tiramisu was just as it should be, without the coffee overwhelming the other flavours of the dish; the cannoli were light and delicate with a refreshing hint of lemon; what I really want to talk about, however, is the trio of chocolate: rich chocolate ice cream, creamy chocolate mousse, and the perfect, most incredible chocolate fondant that oozed at the slightest of prods. Can you tell which was my favourite?!
Prices are fair, with starters from $88 and mains ranging between $130 and $300. It is the perfect place for some unpretentious and authentic Italian fare in a pleasant setting. OK the alfresco area is a far cry from what we’d find along a cobbled street in Italy, but if it’s the best we can get, and if the burrata is this delicious, then who’s complaining?
Shop 11, 1/F Causeway Centre
28 Harbour Road
Tel: +852 2877 3552