But I ain't going to let the opportunity slip the third time when I learned the chef was over in Hong Kong for a short stint at Tosca at The Ritz Carlton in early November, so we booked a table for lunch on a Saturday. Most people would probably prefer the tables by the window with the breathtaking view of Hong Kong skyline down below, but I was actually happy they put us at the table near to the open kitchen, offering a glimpse of both chefs and the team preparing the dishes. We were one of the earliest customers to arrive and not surprisingly, the dining area was soon filled to a full house.
Opting for something easy-drinking, we took the advice of Leo the sommelier and went for a bottle of Sicilian red. It's medium-bodied with a subtle floral nose and loaded with bright red fruits on the palate. An alright choice, and something new to try. Bringing in guest chefs overseas for short appearance has been a growing trend not just here but just almost everywhere, and I got to say Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is one that does this right and with much success time and time again, evident by full booking in many of their pop-up events. We enjoyed our Cracco lunch at Tosca, and next time when I am in Milan, I will make sure to visit his restaurant.
Here are more pictures from the meal: https://www.flickr.com/photos/g4gary/albums/72157672540002363
When? November 5 2016
Where? Tosca, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, Level 102, International Commerce Center, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
Menu Highlights? Riso “Riserva San Massimo”, plankton, bergamot and white chocolate
Drink? 2014 Valle Dell'Acate Il Frappato Vittoria
Ristorante Cracco: www.ristorantecracco.it
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