As summer (supposedly) draws closer, so too does the prospect of alfresco dining and long, boozy barbecues with a group of friends. DiVino Patio, perched up on Wan Chai’s Brim 28, is fortunate enough to have a sizeable terrace to cater to exactly this. It has recently started offering its Tuscan-style barbecue brunch, available every Sunday and public holiday.
I visited DiVino Patio shortly after it opened in the summer of 2012 and have always been a fan. Its spacious terrace, laid back atmosphere and authentic Italian food make it the perfect place to while away the hours sipping prosecco and gorging on its insanely delicious burrata.
The Sunday brunch starts with a trip to the Credenza buffet, where you’ll find a colourful selection of salads, hand-carved Parma ham, freshly baked bread and soup. It isn’t the biggest selection, but remember, this is just the beginning. The best part of the buffet, for which we went up again at least twice more, was the ham, which paired beautifully with the juicy cantaloupe melon.
Back at the table, freshly baked focaccia was served, topped with olive oil and rosemary. There’s something about Italian bread that is impossible to resist, particularly when served with superior quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The good (or arguably bad) news is that as soon as you’ve got through the first warm, fluffy focaccia, a second will be served immediately.
A bowl of potato salad is also served at the table. Whilst some potato salads are too heavily doused in mayonnaise for there to be any other significant flavours, this one was lovely and light, mixed in with red onions, sliced egg and plenty of pepper. Again, had we wanted more, we could have had more, but we were saving ourselves for the main event: the meat.
The first of the items to arrive from the ‘rosticceria’ (or spit) was a seafood skewer. The prawn and salmon were nicely cooked and flavoursome, whilst the squid, which I usually love, had an unpleasant overly fishy taste and rubbery texture.
To follow came a hot pan laden with meat from the rosticceria: porchetta, chicken thighs, lamb and sirloin, as well as Portobello mushrooms, corn on the cob and roast potatoes. Unfortunately, we found the lamb a little tough, but with regards to the rest of the meat, with every bite it was clear that it had first been marinated in delicious Tuscan herbs and spices, before being very slowly cooked to make it wonderfully succulent and tender. We particularly enjoyed the porchetta and the chicken and had to fight the urge to ask for more, in order to save space for something sweet. Had we wanted more, however, all we needed to do was ask and we could have had as much as we’d liked.
Dessert was either ice cream from the old fashioned chariot, or a selection of rustic tarts; we obviously had both. The ice cream – chocolate of course – was in fact I-Scream Gelato, so naturally it was delicious, particularly as I haven’t treated myself to an ice cream cone in years, usually opting for the healthier cup.
Of the four selections of tarts, we tried the blueberry and the mixed nuts. My favourite was the nutty tart, but it had obviously been kept in the fridge and, as it was so cold, the flavours weren’t given the chance to shine. Perhaps if it had been fresh from the oven, or at least served at room temperature, it could have been even more delicious.
Sunday brunch at DiVino Patio costs $368 per person, with the option of adding on free-flow wine (+$98), Prosecco (+$118) or Veuve Cliquot (+$250). If you’re super hungry (and thirsty) and take advantage of everything that’s on offer, then perhaps you can get your money’s worth, otherwise I’d say it’s a little on the punchy side for what you’re getting. Nevertheless, the service is excellent and the setting is hard to beat, so it’s definitely a fun option for Sunday brunch that’s a little bit different to your standard hotel brunches.
Shop 11, 1/F, Brim 28
28 Harbour Road
Tel: +852 2877 3552