Just before flying back to Kuala Lumpur, I managed a sumptuous 6-course lunch at Tosca, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong where spectacular views and décor come together. The restaurant itself was a grand statement – high ceilings, stately fountains and majestic chandeliers, topped with excellent service.
Tosca’s Southern Italian menu features classic favourites in a contemporary and innovative way, each skilfully crafted by two-star Michelin Chef Pino Lavarra. His dishes are reputed to be quite an experience – almost like magic on a plate.
Chef Pino’s Sea Tiramisu was a symphony of east meets west. This colourful platter comprised red prawn carpaccio, roasted scallop and caviar, bound together with parsley pasta and a light infusion of prawn oil. Full of umami, it looked very much like dessert – the sea foam and cereal crumble look identical to tiramisu – and almost too beautiful to eat.
Spaghetti Alla Chitarra was a work of art – basil chlorophyll and baby squid, wrapped in swordfish paper finished with strokes of black olive oil. The pasta was perfectly al dente, while the fish was moist and mildly sweet.
I had the turbot coated with black bread as my main course, atop a bed of Mediterranean seafood and silken lemon base. The flesh was firm and took well to the seasoning. This was a luxurious and delicate dish – truly world-class! I was in awe.
Dessert came in the form of a sizeable macaron, filled with amaretto and amarena cherry with poppy seeds and pistachio cream. So much detail and almost a shame to eat as it was very pretty.
As this fine-dining restaurant is situated on the 102nd floor of The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, Chef Pino’s petit fours fittingly resembled the clouds in the sky – cotton candy topped with assorted chocolate. The perfect finale to an amazing lunch.
It was one of the few two-star Michelin meals I’ve indulged in and the most artistic, thus far. I’m still in awe. Definitely a gastronomic memory I’ll remember for a long, long time.
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Verdict: A gastronomic memory that will last a lifetime!
Level 102, International Commerce Ctr.
1 Austin Road West
Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Tel: +852 2263 2263
*note that the restaurant observes a smart casual dresscode