NEW Bistro: La Viola

…JESS’ GUIDE…

Restaurant: La Viola

Contact: G/Floor Island Crest, Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Average Price per Person: $250-$300

Cuisine: Southern European, Western, Italian, Fusion

Location: Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Must Try List…YUM!: Goat Cheese Salad, Beetroot & Green Apple Salad, Seafood Soup & Tiramisu

Service: 4 out of 5

Jess’ Overall: 4 out of 5

Jess’ Tip: Its a new opening so there’s not much wait yet! It’s simple, easy and relaxed! That’s what I liked about it. It’s a great place to go unwind at!

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Located at Island Crest, in the bustling, new up in coming neighbourhood of Sai Ying Pun...La Viola takes center stage with a sleek contemporary modern, western eatery. Jie and I recently went to a tasting to the newly opened restaurant. The restaurant atmosphere is relaxed, simple and comfortable. I like the open dining area…and there’s a rather big open bar area…guess that means I’ll have to go back to try the drinks!

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BREAD!!! Focaccia and Thin Crisp Bread!! 🙂 Loved the crispy bread!!

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Goat Cheese Salad, Beetroot & Green Apple | $128. I really liked this dish!! It was such a fun combination of fresh flavours and contrasting textures. I loved the  crunchy crispy layer of caramel coating atop the creamy goat’s cheese, the sweetness and tartness of the apples and caramelized pecan bits and fresh beet roots! Refreshing and tasty to say the least!

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Kobe beef carpaccio with rocket, Parmesan and black truffle was such a pretty presentation! So bright and then…the deliciousness of the aromatic rich black truffle and cheesy parmesan kicked in! I couldn’t wait to tear into the tender beef capaccio! And, boy…all combined together- was perfect.

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Seafood Soup | $108. This was a savoury, rich and scrumptious seafood broth. It was light yet rich and piled up with jumbo shrimps, clams, mussels and cherries! 🙂 LOVED IT…better than some lobster bisques I’ve had at some mighty fine dining restaurants.

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Daily Soup- Sweet Corn & Ginger Soup | $78. I had a tiny spoonful and was surprised by the refreshing mix of ginger and creamy sweet corn! 🙂

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I ordered the special: Beef Osso Bucco…a famous Italian casserole (similar to a beef stew) traditionally made with beef shin! The tender beef shin was rich, flavourful and tasty! It was a bit on the saltier side…but when you bite in with the accompanying mashed potatoes- it made it the perfect compliment.

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Jie ordered the special- The Seared Tuna Steak w/ Mixed Vegetables….Cherry Tomatoes, Baby Corn & Olives w/ anchovy sauce, olive paste and mashed potato. Jie really liked it. I’m not a fan of tuna…but it was pretty well made! I loved the fresh veggies drenched in a olive oil and olive paste sauce!! It’s quite strong…so beware…but for me…I really liked it!

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Jie’s pick- Banana Pudding w/ toffee sauce and chocolate ice cream | $88 Jie LOVEEEED it…she loves bread pudding…so this was a big winner for her AND me. I loved the moist banana bread. The chocolate ice cream was decadent and rich and perfectly melded into the pool of hot toffee sauce !!! YUMMMMMMM

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Tiramisu, an Italian classic | $78. I loved the lady fingers dipped in coffee, and rum infused flavoured with cocoa bits!! The cream isn’t quite what you were expecting! It’s not ice cream…but this sort of rich, creamy goodness that complements the lady fingers perfectly.

Overall, I was rather surprised by La Viola. The starters and desserts had some distinct standouts. (Goat cheese salad anyone?) The mains were pretty good- but not too memorable, I think its because I ordered the seasonal dishes, but next time I think I’ll have to try their famous dishes like the Linguini and Pan seared foie gras, or their home-made gnocchi w/ black truffle and cheese fondue!!! OH MY!!!!!!! I will be back!!! ;D

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<3 Always, Jess