The unique concept of Hong Kong’s Mercato restaurant is to capture the essence and vibrancy of an Italian marketplace. It does so not only with authentic Italian food and drink, but with three exceptionally stylish conceptual areas in the form of street, market and landscape. The kitchen is led by Chef de Cuisine Anthony Burd who is as passionate about Italian cuisine as he is about every piece of culture that surrounds it, so you can be assured of a thoughtful and delicious meal here. You’ll find Mercato on D'Aguilar Street in Central, inside California Tower.
So, as we said, Mercato is made up of three conceptual areas. The first is the entrance foyer, or the Street, where a steel gate affixed with custom lettering marks the beginning of the Mercato experience. The main dining and bar area of this unique Hong Kong Italian restaurant is the Market and involves lots of exposed brick, raw steel and lighting that resembles the gas street lamps used in olden-day Europe. We then have the landscape that consists of a wrap-around terrace complete with plenty of luscious greenery – a perfect barrier between Mercato diners and the bustle of Central’s D'Aguilar Street.
You’ve got all of this to get excited about and we haven’t even got to the food yet! Indeed, this Hong Kong restaurant serves some of the finest Italian fare we know of that goes beyond just your standard-quality pizza and pasta. Here, the food is gourmet and beautiful both to look at and taste. Diners can enjoy late-night cicchetti, a delightful early bird menu, an Italian weekend brunch offering with a fresh market-to-table approach, a lunch or, of course, a fine a la carte. Whenever you choose to dine, real Italian flavours are guaranteed by Anthony Burd and his skilled team, so reserve a table at this gem of Central ahead of time to avoid any disappointment.
Food was different and very tasty. The staff was courteous and conscientious. Atmosphere chic and comfortable. We had an enjoyable lunch and we liked the family sharing concept.