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When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Hong Kong, look no further than Sabatini Ristorante Italiano to eat as the Italians eat.

The original Ristorante Sabatini came to fruition in 1958 in the heart of Rome’s Piazza di Santa Maria. Here, brothers Silvestro and Francesco Sabatini served high-quality food and wine to locals and tourists who flocked to the picturesque Trastevere locale to experience the eternal city. In 1992, sensing a demand for authentic Italian gastronomy in Southeast Asia, the brothers opened the doors to Sabatini Ristorante in Hong Kong.

The Royal Garden Hotel, nestled within the Tsim Sha Tsui entertainment and shopping precinct, plays host to this little slice of Italy. Inside, three levels above ground, the hubbub of Kowloon fades into a tranquil ambience as this Italian institution dripping in Roman-style glamour and decadence unfolds.

Upon arrival, guests are transported to a European dreamland before even a morsel of food is placed on the table. The elegant countryside-inspired furnishings and arched ceilings decorated with murals set the scene for the Roman banquet ahead. With the addition of Roman insignia gracing the walls and blossoming chandeliers, you’ll soon forget that the hustle and bustle of Tsim Sha Tsui is just a stone’s throw away.

Sabatini’s menu exudes old-style European glamour. Diners are welcomed for business lunches on weekdays to enjoy four courses of Italian cuisine, as well as a la carte dinner and the renowned weekend brunch.

If you’re visiting after dark, tantalising starters such as the grilled artichoke salad with scampi tail, octopus and Hokkaido scallop will be a meal by themselves. But you can’t resist mains, where you will find a repertoire of superior international meats cooked with inimitable Italian flair. The pan-seared Iberian pork chops are served with an indulgent black truffle sauce atop Italian stewed cabbage, while seafood options include the tender Norwegian salmon served with avocado, olives and tomato salsa.

However, the real star here is the pasta dishes on offer, like the house-made linguine tossed with clams, garlic and Italian parsley, or the mezze maniche drenched in black truffle cream sauce.

Sweet tooths be warned: the dessert is served buffet style from a roaming trolley. Featuring everything from tiramisu to the signature Napoleon egg pastry layered with custard and fresh berries, it may be too tempting to settle for just one.

Saturdays and Sundays provide a brunch of decadent proportions, with many of the core dishes featured alongside a colossal antipasti spread that will no doubt prove your eyes to be bigger than your stomach. Assemble your own personal smorgasbord of Italian style seafood, roasted vegetables, olive tapenade, traditional dips and, of course, a never-ending selection of fresh bread.

Be it a glass of chardonnay to complement fresh seafood or a pinot noir with veal, Sabatini’s extensive wine list boasts an array of Italian and international drops pairing brilliantly with the rich flavours of the rustic Roman cuisine. This luxurious European eatery is pulling out all the stops to ensure that old Italian glamour lives on in the heart of Hong Kong for decades to come.

Locate Sabatini Ristorante Italiano

3/F, The Royal Garden, 69 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong


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