Brunch at Pirata

We tried Pirata's hearty Italian brunch and here's what we thought.

26 Oct 2016 — By Catherine Stewart / Food / Restaurants / Reviews
pasta bar at Pirata

Where & When

Pirata is an Italian restaurant on the 29th floor of 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai. Brunch is available at weekends and public holidays from 12pm to 3pm, priced at $298 per head (add $180 for free flow alcohol).

The Place

Interior of Pirata

Pirata’s dining room

Pirata has a great location right in the heart of Wan Chai. It’s up on the 29th and 30th floors with views of the surrounding high rises. It has a cosy and welcoming vibe and was busy and buzzing when we went.

The Food

This is down-to-earth Italian food, the menu won’t blow you away, but it’s satisfying comfort food and everything we tried was simply presented and tasty.

The antipasti selection included excellent cold cuts, cheese and very moreish bread, as well as tasty salads.

my mamma's meatballs at Pirata

M.M.M. (My Mamma’s Meatballs)

The primi piati is three sharing dishes brought to the table: (M.M.M) My Mamma’s Meatballs (Pirata’s signature dish), Asparagus Flan, and Fried Mozzarella Sandwich with Tomato Sauce. These simple, hearty dishes were almost a meal in themselves. We enjoyed meatballs, which were soft and juicy whilst still retaining some texture. The fried mozzarella sandwich was probably not the healthiest but delicious anyway.

fried mozzarella sandwich at Pirata

Fried Mozzarella Sandwich with Tomato Sauce

 

Spring Chicken, mediterranean herbs, pearl onions, roasted potatoes, baby carrots

Spring Chicken, Mediterranean herbs, pearl onions, roasted potatoes, baby carrots

Next comes your choice of main course, we chose the Spring Chicken with Mediterranean Herbs, Pearl Onions, Roasted Potatoes, Baby Carrots and the Egg Plant Parmigiana. The chicken was perfectly seasoned and cooked and the parmigiana was delicious, but having had two rounds of tomato sauce in the primi piati possibly something without tomato sauce would have been a better choice.

desserts

Pana Cotta and Chocolate Mousse

The portions here are generous, so we didn’t need dessert but this looked so tempting that we had to try.  The dark chocolate mousse with orange zest was a delicious combination, and my favourite dish of the brunch.

Baby cosmo

Baby Cosmo

You can add free flow prosecco, red and white wine, bottled Asahi beer, strawberry peach bellinis and lychee martinis for $180. There’s also a nice selection of mocktails for the non-drinkers, we tried the Baby Cosmo (raspberry, orange, lemon) and Appleberry Smash (strawberry, apple, strawberry puree) which were both good.

Good for Kids?

The service here is friendly and welcoming, we felt comfortable having our kids with us, it’s a lively place so a bit of children’s chatter doesn’t stand out. There is a good, simple children’s menu, $98 for three courses and a drink. My kids tried the fried mozzarella sandwich and the tagliatelle with beef ragu, and both dishes got the thumbs up. The kids were given colouring pages and crayons to keep them busy. There are booster seats, (not highchairs). There is no baby changing area, and no play area or space for kids to roam around, so I’d say Pirata is probably better for the 2/3 years + crowd.

Value for Money

Yes this is good value for money, portions are hearty, the quality of food is good and much of it is freshly prepared for you. We would go back.

Booking

When:    Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 12.00 to 3.00 pm

Cost:      $298 per person; add $180 for free flow Prosecco, red and white wine, bottled Asahi beer, strawberry peach Bellinis and lychee martinis; $98 kids menu available

Where:  29/30F, 239 Hennessy road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Book:    2887 0270 or


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