Hong Kong was a very different place in 121BC. They were bolted onto the side of the Nanyue kingdom, speaking a language more akin to modern Vietnamese and about to be taken over by the might of the Han dynasty. A slap-up Italian meal was not on the agenda. Luckily then, that 121BC on Peel Street in Sheung Wan takes only its name from that period and not its ambience – a marauding band of conscript soldiers barreling through tends to put a downer on any social occasion. Head down instead for an epic Italian meal: after all, the Romans were all the rage back then too.
Hong Kong’s history is fraught with invaders coming to the island and giving the locals what for. Whether they be Han, Ming, Qing or in the name of the King, the hardy folk of Hong Kong have endured some serious stress – who can forget that time Prince Phillip showed up and insulted everyone? – but one group that never made an appearance was the Romans. Until now, of course. 121BC brings the best of Italian cooking to Peel Street in Sheung Wan, with a menu filled with prandial pleasures from the Eternal City and beyond.
The 121BC menu is ever-changing, with regional specialities and seasonal ingredients always to the fore. They offer banquets that offer introductions to the different provinces of the country, ensuring authentic Italian cuisine that takes in the breadth of the bel paese and brings it to Hong Kong. March on down to Peel Street in Sheung Wan for an Italian feast to remember: what did the Romans ever do for us, eh?