Friday, May 6, 2011

White Asparagus Italian Style

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Sabatini Ristorante at the Royal Garden Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui east is like an old friend -- personable, dependable and always there. It's been a while since I've been at this Italian restaurant and was pleased to see it's hardly changed at all. The murals on the walls are still there, the friendly service and of course the roving band of musicians and singers who perform requests at your table, from Italian to Chinese, Lady Gaga and Bosa Nova.

It's a good time to go now until the end of May to sample their white asparagus promotion brought in fresh from Black Forest in Germany. It's less fibrous than its green cousin and has a delicate taste so you don't have to do too much to them to make them even more delicious.

On the special menu Sabatini Ristorante has millefoglie of white asparagus and smoked eel with hollandaise sauce and sweeet pimento; white asparagus risotto scented with shellfish butter served with oscetrea caviar; and lamb chops with white and green asparagus, red new potatoes scented with garlic rosemary oil and lamb jus basil infusion.

And on the a la carte menu, for mains I sampled the chargrilled lamb chops with lemon thyme (HK$388.) This is a pretty standard dish that's hard to go wrong, though mine was a bit on the fatty side and didn't have much meat on the bone.

Nevertheless, the other highlight of this Roman restaurant is the dessert trolley that's wheeled to every table, tempting diners into a sweet gorge fest. However, by this time I was pretty much full and opted for the light berry Napoleon, layers of thin pastry wafers with custard, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

If that's not enough to end your meal with a bang, you can also sample some grappa, limoncello or even some whiskey.

With the good food, lively atmosphere and great service, what's there not to like at an old standby like Sabatini?

Sabatini Ristorante
3/F, The Royal Garden Hong Kong
69 Mody Road
Tsim Sha Tsui East
2733 2000

Image: Sabatini website

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