208 Duecento Otto, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
I have wanted to come to 208 Duecento Otto (“208”) for a while now. I had originally wanted to come here for my birthday, unfortunately they were closed or doing renovations so couldn’t go. We came here after Dragon’s swimming lesson, I was sick of eating around Kennedy Town and wanted to try something new and different.
208 can be found on the busy road of Hollywood Road in Sheung wan. The Restaurant has a very New-York feel to it – bar downstairs and restaurant upstairs. Yenn Wong is behind this fine establishment, she is also the founder of the Causeway Bay boutique hotel Jia and the restaurant, Drawing Room. I myself have not been to the hotel Jia but I have had many friends and co-workers stay there. I have heard the restaurant is not too shabby either.
208 was relatively empty when we rocked up at 2pm-ish. The brunch menu looked good – lots of egg items on the menu as well as pasta and pizza. ‘The Mother’ wanted to share a pizza and pasta but I really had my eye on something else and didn’t want either of his suggestions! I couldn’t go past the Funky Monkey (HKD60) – seeded banana frappe. It was deliciously refreshing and not too milky – perfect for a hot day.
‘The Mother’ wanted the pappardelle Wagyu Bolognese (HKD 198) with 24-month aged parmesan. The pasta was cooked al dente – it was a relatively small serving. The mother devoured this within seconds, even before I started my meal!
I opt for steak and egg (HKD 198) – skirt steak, fried egg, vine roasted cherry tomates, patate peperonata and fett’unta. OH MY! The steak was thin but was cooked just the way I liked it. I was craving steak and this totally hit the spot. The cherry tomatoes and potatoes were a nice addition.
We were both still hungry and thought we would get 3 choices of gelato (HKD 78) – coffee, chocolate and blackberry. I really enjoyed the blackberry and would happily have three scoops of it.
Service was good but it was quite and it wasn’t a Friday or Saturday evening. Would definitely like to go back and try their pasta / pizza – it did look very good. No doubt we will be back, even if it’s for the steak and eggs!
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
208 Hollywood Road
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2549 0208