Il Milione, Central, Hong Kong
Il Milione Bar and Ristorante Italiano is named ‘after the fabled book of travels by Marco Polo.’ The restaurant is quite glamorous and very sparkly. It is located in Central on the ground floor of Hutchinson House. It offers diners a set lunch menu (2 or 3 courses), a la carte and 5-course dinner tasting menu priced at HKD900 per head.
It is run by Chef Marco Gubbiotti, officially representing Umbria as the region’s Culinary Constultant and Giancarlo Mancino, an award wining mixologist who created and owns an Italian label. I came here with a friend for lunch and opt for the 2 course lunch menu. We started with the welcome drink, I can’t for the life of me remember what it is! Think it was tomato of some sort.
The buffalo mozzarella and Umbrian tomato salad was incredibly fresh and delicious.
J had the marinated fresh salmon with ginger, fennel and orange salad and extra virgin olive oil. Unfortunately I didn’t have any of this, but J said it was excellent and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I couldn’t go past the pork ribs marinated and baked with sautéed spinach. It wasn’t what I expected. The pork ribs were deboned, however it was incredibly tender that it just melted in my mouth.
J had the fussili with seafood ragout and tomato. The pasta was el dente, the seafood was fresh, however, I thought it lacked a little flavouring, salt.
Unfortunately we were too full for 3 courses, but received some petite fours. From left to right, almond cookies, chocolate truffles and some sort of almond cookies which I couldn’t have.
Service was extremely polite. I wouldn’t mind trying their cocktails and dinner menu next time.
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
Shop Nos.16-21, G/F, Hutchison House,
10 Harcourt Road
Central, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2481 1120