Sunday Feast at Grissini

cheese
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.

Grissini

These are the lightest and crunchiest breadsticks I’ve ever eaten. They are best when it’s hot off the oven. The breadsticks are long and thin so it’s easy to eat a lot.
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grissini or breadsticks

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.
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Even the olive oil they use is very high end. Only the good stuff is served in this restaurant.
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Appetizers
foccacia w/ tomatoes
foccacia w/ tomatoes

foccacia
foccacia

Italian cold cuts
Italian cold cuts

liver pate
liver pate

veal tuna
veal tuna

beef carpaccio
beef carpaccio

Italian frittata
Italian frittata

marinated eggplant
marinated eggplant

tomato & mozarella salad
tomato & mozarella salad

homemade smoked salmon
homemade smoked salmon

seafood salad
seafood salad

octopus salad
octopus salad

cheese
cheese

grilled vegetables
grilled vegetables

mixed greens
mixed greens

fresh vegetables
fresh vegetables

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
bollito misto – boiled meat

bollito misto
bollito misto – boiled vegetables

fresh horseradish
fresh horseradish

The red heat lamp was responsible for this yucky picture.
roasted beef rib eye w/ herbs
roasted beef rib eye w/ herbs

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pasta bar

meat ragout lasagna
meat ragout lasagna

Pasta sauces
Pasta sauces (tomato sauce, hare ragout, asparagus sauce,
mushroom sauce & bolognese sauce)

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.
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borcotti soup
borcotti soup

The lobster disappeared as soon as it was refilled. You have to stand guard to get the good parts or else you’re left with just the legs and head of the lobster.
sauteed lobster
sauteed lobster

baked sea bass
baked sea bass

deep fried soft shelled crab
deep fried soft shelled crab

Dessert
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Napolitan ricotta cake
Napolitan ricotta cake

chestnut cake
chestnut cake

fresh fruit tart
fresh fruit tart

creme brule
creme brulee

tiramisu
tiramisu

I loved this apple pie filled with a custard filling.
Maria's apple tart
Maria’s apple tart

fresh fruit cream cake
fresh fruit cream cake

cream puff
cream puff

ligurian cake
ligurian cake

jam tart
jam tart

mascarpone cream w/ sour cherry
mascarpone cream w/ sour cherry

fresh strawberries
fresh strawberries

Fresh raspberries
fresh raspberries

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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

Grissini
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong,
telephone: +852 2588 1234

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