Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pici [Hong Kong] - Italian Pasta Bar. Precisely What the Doc Prescribed for Hong Kong's Foodies

  Pici has proven super popular with the Wanchai and Admiralty crowd arriving here for their pasta's, cocktails & wines.  Prices are reasonable and a quick glance at the menu and other foodie's Instagram posts confirmed this is a value-for-money handmade Pasta bar concept which is not dissimilar to one you find in Bologna, Italy, which frankly was something Hong Kong has always needed, and which we actually do have some, but no one simplified it enough to make it an understandable concept by first glance.  And then bang,  we have the success of Pici by the people behind the Pirata and The Optimist Group.

Prosciutto Ham - Part of Lunch Course for HKD $148
It came with some aged Parmesan cheese too,  and portion was generous.  When I arrived here during late lunch time,  the queue was not as bad as I'd imagined.  Walking past during night time however would be a different story as the wait can take an hour or more..

Tagliatelle with Spicy n'duja Sausage, Cherry Tomatoes and Cheese -
Basically the same sauce as their Orecchiette pasta,  but served with Tagliatelle paste during lunch time.  The fresh pasta was smooth and the appetizing sour and spicy sauce hung onto the pasta strands well,  and texture was perfectly cooked too.  Look it is a very simple pasta recipe,  but sometimes we just want some simple food that's affordable.  That's why Pici does well..

Tagliatelle Noodle Strands remained Long and Springy -
Unlike some shops which fall apart with little gluten within...

Tiramisu in Verrine Glass -
This looked really correct on paper,  but unfortunately the taste was south of average,  I was actually quite shocked.  There is almost no espresso coffee taste or well soaked savoiardi fingers,  and 2ndly the worse fear was confirmed that it had absolutely no Marsala wine nor even Kahlua or Rum or coffee liquor at that within, this second omission I can understand for a family bistro,  but at Pici?   This disappointment in dessert is easily fixable however - and overall this was a dainty little Pasta Bar which served it's purpose and was well priced at HKD $148 for Lunch 3 Courses.   It's not meant to be Amazing,  although some Pasta Bars in Italy actually do, but perhaps that's not its point for now!  Until next time..!

Price: Around HKD $148
Food: ♕♕♕♕ to ♕♕♕♕ 1/2

Address: G/F, 16 St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai
Ph: +852 27555523

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