Octavium is the experimental kitchen for Chef Umberto Bombana, the famous Italian chef behind 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana (the only 3-Michelin starred Italian restaurant outside of Italy). Octavium Hong Kong is part of a trio of Italian restaurants by the Bombana Group in Hong Kong, the third being Ciak in the Kitchen, the most casual of the three.
Executive Chef Silvio Armanni oversees the restaurant. According to Chef Bombana, Octavium allows him to experiment more without feeling the need to always use super high end ingredients (truffles, blue lobster, etc.), which is what diners at 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo expect.
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General Thoughts – Octavium Hong Kong
Octavium does a fine job of providing diners with excellent food and warm service in a cozy, pleasant dining space overlooking Central in Hong Kong. The homemade pastas were great, the meats were executed perfectly, and all in all, we had a lovely dinner.
Does it taste that experimental?
The dishes were delicious but did not surprise me in any strong sort of way. Instead of discovering new, innovative flavor combinations, I found the food to be very good but safely within the realm of flavors I had enjoyed before. Instead of thinking it as a truly experimental test kitchen, I see it more like another arm of Otto e Mezzo that incorporates a broader range of ingredients. Frankly, in our meal we still saw our fair share of typical gourmet ingredients such as truffles, caviar, and sea urchin.
Nonetheless, Chef Silvio and his team work hard to create delicious Italian dishes that incorporate a wide variety of fun and interesting ingredients. This is a good option for a business meal or a special celebration.
Octavium Hong Kong
8/F One Chinachem Central
22 Des Voeux Rd
Central, Hong Kong