As many of you must have heard thanks to SCMP, Harlan Goldstein has bailed on his hyped up four venue venture citing ‘health reasons’. I don’t buy it, something doesn’t seem right. Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of some of his concepts..just his departure seemed shady. Hence, my weariness when my best friend’s boyfriend suggested we go to Ee Da Le to surprise her for her birthday. I love V, therefore her birthday needs to be perfect (me & my bestie are both big birthday people!).
The first of the four openings is Ee Da Le, which is also the Canto pronunciation of Italy. The restaurant serves up a rustic Italian cuisine with a funky setting made up of over-bright mediterranean style tiles and opera inspired lampshades. I didn’t really prefer the ambiance to be honest, so already panic set in as I was eagerly waiting for V to walk into the restaurant and yell ‘ SURPRISE! ‘
When she did enter, and all the grinning and ‘OMG seriously?’ was over, we were absolutely starving. We tucked into the Caprese burrata, which I quite liked and it’s also V’s favourite thing to order at any place we dine at. The Caprese ($148) creamy mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes were ordinary but the wholegrain mustard on top of the burrata was the winner for me – a quaint little twist to make ordinary into vibrant.
Even though Harlan Goldstein is no longer part Ee Da Le, I have to say, the pastas & meats surprised me – actually more like shocked me.. in a positive way! We dived into the Pappardelle ($188) Wild Forest Mushrooms, Pancetta, Smoked Egg & Grated Pecorino which was memorable along with the Macaroni Air-Dried Pasta ($258) Italian Mac & Cheese, Sausage & Parmigiano Crumbs. This was by far my favourite dish to the point where I refused to share it with the hubby or V. The most forgettable dish was the Black Truffle Risotto ($188) Wild Forest Mushrooms, Black Truffle, Rocket and Cheese. It was bland, boring and slightly watery…not recommended.
Finally, the boys had to have their usual steaks and shared the 12oz Bistecca Wet-Aged Rib Eye Steak, Salsa Rossa, Arugula and Balsamic ($380). They were ‘oooohing and aaahiing’ at this steak and making noises that frankly- disturbed me. Alas, I gave in (for those who don’t know I am not a beef-eater) and had a bite..then had another.. I got what the fuss was about. I suggest you give it go as dunk it into the sauce and garlic cloves provided.
The bill for the four of us came to $600HKD each included 2 bottles of wine. Cheaper than Carbone & Mercato but there are a few misses. It’s great to see a good Italian spot come to life in Hong Kong’s heart of Central, drop in & of course next time let me know how the desserts are below.
Ee Da Le
3/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace
Tel: +852 2896 1838
(Apologies for no original photos, these are taken from the Ee Da Le FB & website.)