Michelin-star chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten brings his renowned Italian restaurant to Hong Kong.  The same restaurant at The Bund, Shanghai was a huge success.

Date

2017

Meal

Lunch

Ordered

RESTAURANT WEEK MENU
3 COURSE MENU – 198 HKD + 10% service charge

Starter

  • House Made Ricotta with Cranberry, Olive Oil and Grilled Bread

Main

  • Crispy Skin Chicken, Braised Potatoes with Lemon, Golden Onion, Green Chilli and Herbs

Dessert

  • House Made Mascarpone, Mulled Wine Poached Pear and Ginger Granit

Food

Starter

House Made Ricotta with Cranberry, Olive Oil and Grilled Bread – 10/10

House Made Ricotta with Cranberry, Olive Oil and Grilled Bread

House Made Ricotta with Cranberry, Olive Oil and Grilled Bread

House Made Ricotta with Cranberry, Olive Oil and Grilled Bread

House Made Ricotta with Cranberry, Olive Oil and Grilled Bread

This was simply amazing.  i didn’t know what to expect when I ordered, but within the first second after I dipped the crispy warm bread into the smooth  ricotta, I know I did not regret ordering this.  The ricotta mixture was extremely creamy and was beautifully paired with the cranberry puree.  Despite that i wasn’t too please the dish only came with three little pieces of bread which obviously wasn’t enough, not to mention the bread served was sourdough and it crispy warm!

Main

Crispy Skin Chicken, Braised Potatoes with Lemon, Golden Onion, Green Chilli and Herbs – 9/10

Crispy Skin Chicken, Braised Potatoes with Lemon, Golden Onion, Green Chilli and Herbs

Crispy Skin Chicken, Braised Potatoes with Lemon, Golden Onion, Green Chilli and Herbs

Crispy Skin Chicken, Braised Potatoes with Lemon, Golden Onion, Green Chilli and Herbs

Crispy Skin Chicken, Braised Potatoes with Lemon, Golden Onion, Green Chilli and Herbs

The name of the dish was rather boring you don’t think?  Never in this world did I think it would turn out to be such a delicious dish.  The portion was extremely large for a Michelin star restaurant and it definitely filled me up. The chicken skin was crispy, yet the chicken meat was tender.  The potatoes was slightly mushy, however the herbs goes so well with all the herbs and onion.  Delicious.

Dessert

House Made Mascarpone, Mulled Wine Poached Pear and Ginger Granit – 4/10

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House Made Mascarpone, Mulled Wine Poached Pear and Ginger Granit

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House Made Mascarpone, Mulled Wine Poached Pear and Ginger Granit

The only let down was the dessert unfortunately, and it was also the only dish I didn’t lick clean my plate.  I have never been a fan of poached pear and the ginger was too strong and dominated the whole dish.  Despite that the home made mascarpone was absolutely adorable, can eat a whole bowl of this.

Ambience & Interior

Balcony

Balcony

Open Kitchen

Open Kitchen

Dining area

Dining area

Dining area

Dining area

The view

The view

Mercato is located on the 8th floor of California Tower.  Mercato gives off a trendy and contemporary vibe with a bar right by the entrance.

Menu

No online menu unfortunately

Menu

Menu

Recommendation

  • House Made Ricotta with Cranberry, Olive Oil and Grilled Bread
  • Crispy Skin Chicken, Braised Potatoes with Lemon, Golden Onion, Green Chilli and Herbs

Verdict

I stopped going out for Italian Food for a long time as they all seem to serve the same food, it did not surprise me anymore.  However Mercato is very different to the other Italian restaurants I have been.  The dishes are top notch standard and the restaurant is beautifully designed.  I would go back just for the ricotta starter!

House Made Ricotta with Cranberry, Olive Oil and Grilled Bread – 10/10
Crispy Skin Chicken, Braised Potatoes with Lemon, Golden Onion, Green Chilli and Herbs – 9/10
House Made Mascarpone, Mulled Wine Poached Pear and Ginger Granit – 4/10

Would I go back again? Yes, maybe I’ll try for dinner next time
Rating from my brain (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥ 
Rating from my heart (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥
Overall rating (out of 10 hearts) : ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 8/10

Damage

Approximately 240 hkd per person

Details

Mercato

8/F,California Tower
No.32 D’ Aguilar Street
Central, Hong Kong

+852 3706 8567

Monday – Saturday
Closed Monday Lunch
12pm – 2.30pm
5.30pm – 10.30pm
Sunday
Closed

Reservation
Essential for lunch and dinner