We had lunch at my favorite Italian restaurant in Hong Kong, Grissini at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Wan Chai. As soon as you enter the restaurant you can smell the aroma of freshly baked grissini or breadsticks made on site.
This is the only restaurant that serves Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena or true balsamic vinegar and not the commercial balsamic vinegar we usually buy. This kind of vinegar is made from sweet wine grapes aged in wood barrels for a minimum of 12 years. They don’t contain any artificial ingredients. True balsamic vinegar is thick, sweet and syrupy. A small bottle of this can cost anywhere from HK$400 to 1,000. That’s why I eat my fill whenever I’m in Grissini. They’re a perfect dip for the breadsticks too.
The specialty of Grissini is bollito misto or boiled meats. This dish is made up of beef, tongue, sausage and vegetables. It is served with a green sauce, fresh horseradish and fruit jelly. It’s a very, very flavorful and comforting dish.
bollito misto – boiled meat
There were only a few hot dishes but they were the best. The trick is to get as much as you can eat as early as you can. When the lobster and soft shell crab run out they replace it with something else. When I went back for more crab it was fried calamari that was in it’s place. It was still good though.
Even if you don’t like buffets you have to try the Sunday feast at Grissini at least once. The quality of the food and service can’t be found in other buffets. The choices aren’t overwhelming and the variety is excellent.
Main courses HK$290-HK$580
Fixed-price dinner HK$980
Fixed-price lunch (Mon-Fri only) HK$320
Sunday feast HK$455
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong,
telephone: +852 2588 1234