Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano is serving up new summer seafood dishes inspired by the lightness of Italian-Mediterranean summer flavours, with soothing new cocktails to complement. Renowned for its authentic Italian cuisine, Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano’s succulent seafood menu will delight and charm.
Set on one of Hong Kong’s oldest heritage streets, Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano’s elegant interiors offer a haven of tranquillity and serenity. The restaurant’s new summer menu curates classic Italian cuisine from around the regions of Italy, from the breezy shores of Portofino to the fruitful mountains of Tuscany.
Sumptuous antipasto selections to whet the palate include the Crema di funghi porcini alla Toscana (HKD98) a rich, foamed porcini mushroom cappuccino that echoes the essences one of Italy’s most famous, culinary regions. The deliciously light Insalata di mare al prezzemolo con verdure (HKD168) is a classically prepared seafood salad with parsley and olive dressing that transports diners to the Portofino Oceanside, with its beautiful composition of pan fried baby squid, tiger prawns and mussels dressed in an avocado sauce with an Italian parsley dressing.
Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano has a reputation for rich, flavoursome pastas and the summer menu is no exception. Those with a penchant for excellent lobster are spoilt for choice with the Ravioli ripieni con aragosta (HKD248), home-made ravioli filled with lobster and fresh tomato coulis made with Italian tomatoes – a wonderfully balanced dish and an ode to the tomato so beloved by the Italians. The Aragosta del giglio (25oz) (HKD548), live Maine lobster selected specifically for its world renowned tenderness and sweetness, baked or steamed with choice of irresistible sauces (lemon butter sauce, sea urchin cream or spicy tomato sauce) is perfect for those looking for a taste of elegance.
Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano is the destination this summer for expertly-prepared Mediterranean-style seafood and the restaurant’s indulgent yet delicate desserts provide the perfect finish. There’s no better way to cool off than with the Moscato jelly (HKD99) a light and revitalising jelly that draws on the sweetness of the Italian wine originally from Piedmont with which it is infused, topped with fresh berry compote and perfectly paired with the creamy richness of honeycomb and coconut ice cream.
For those partial to a cooling cocktail, Gradini Bar has a host of soothing new summer concoctions. Cocktail aficionados can enjoy theIced watermelon (HKD138), a refreshing blend of rum-infused green tea foam and pinot grigio, infused with watermelon and is topped with Sicilian-native granita and candy floss for a sprinkling of sweetness. The Berries bubble (HKD148) is another refreshing treat for those with a sweet tooth; sumptuous mixed berries, raspberry vodka, peach schnapps and Cointreau are topped with Italian Prosecco and a sprig of fresh rosemary.
In keeping with Gradini’s ocean menu, the Salty Air (HKD138) is the perfect cocktail for those who crave something fresh with a hint of something exotic with its pomelo base, splash of umeshu and oolong tea. This creative cocktail is topped with sea salt foam and konbu. The Okinawa twilight (HKD138) made with sake, ginger awamori, Cointreau and Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano’s homemade lemon-basil syrup is a sultry cocktail sure to seduce and delight.
While the summer menu gives diners the perfect reason to try something new, Gradini’s signature dishes are still being lovingly prepared for those who can’t go without their favourites. Opened in September 2014, Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano at The Pottinger Hong Kong is a destination dining experience for those with a love for authentic Italian cuisine, fresh produce and seasonal dishes.