Table Talk: Linguini Fini Review
Our favourite neighbourhood Italian joint, Linguini Fini, is back in its new location on Elgin Street. We headed over recently to sample the lunch menu and find out more about the restaurant’s new incarnation right in the heart of SoHo.
The cool and casual interior is built around an open bar and the large open front gives the space a relaxed and inviting vibe. The weekday lunch offering includes a large and varied antipasti selection, followed by a choice of mains and desserts. Diners can enjoy the antipasti on its own for a very reasonable HK$88, which considering the selection of cold cuts, tasty salads and cheeses is excellent value.
Chef Vinny Lauria is already known for his ethos of nose to tail eating, but he’s taken this concept of minimal waste to the next level with the incorporation of a compost machine to deal with food waste as well as a counter-top tap water filter that supplies glass bottles of both still and sparkling water at no charge – now if only all restaurants in the city would follow suit! With fresh ingredients supplied from Homegrown Foods, diners can also be sure that eating at Linguini Fini supports local growers.
After digging into the antipasti, we sampled the Caprese salad – a generous plate of fresh, zingy tomatoes with a rich and creamy mozzarella – absolutely delicious.
Caprese Salad – HK$108
Linguini Fini has always been well-known for its excellent pasta dishes, using fresh pasta that is made daily in the restaurant’s kitchen. We sampled new menu addition, Radiatore Alla Vodka, which as the name suggests, includes a splash of vodka in the rich and spicy tomato sauce. The radiator shaped pasta is perfect for ensuring you get a punchy serving of sauce with each mouthful and the addition of the melted mozzarella gives a beautifully creamy finish to the dish. So delicious that I can’t wait to eat it again!
Radiatore Alla Vodka – HK$148
Next up, we had the spaghetti topped with a huge meatball. The perfect pasta was drenched in a tasty and rich tomato sauce with plenty of parmesan, but although the meatball was packed full of flavour, it was just a little too large and dense for my preference.
On Top of Spaghetti with LF Meatball – HK$158
A visit to Linguini Fini wouldn’t be complete without one of their huge pizza pies – 18 inches no less! Ideal for sharing (or saving some to take home for breakfast the next day…), the Brooklyn Special includes ample servings of fresh mozzarella, fried eggplant and roasted peppers and garlic. The youngest member of the HK HUB team was a huge fan and silently devoured two slices with barely a pause for breathe – praise indeed!
Brooklyn Special 18 inch NY Pie – HK$278
The menu features three desserts and we chose to try the caramel apple pie with cinabon ice cream. Beneath the crisp pastry and sticky caramel sauce, the chunks of apple were well spiced with just the right amount of cinnamon to create an indulgent and delicious end to the meal.
Caramel Apple Pie – HK$78
Linguini Fini is back, better than ever, with a menu of well executed Italian homestyle favourites. The focus on sustainability is evident on the menu, and it’s refreshing to see how the aim to create a minimum-waste restaurant has been incorporated throughout. Service is top-notch, and the prices of the dishes represents good value for money, particularly considering the location. The space is welcoming to groups and families (highchairs available), but is also a good spot for a casual business lunch.
Lunch: Monday to Friday 12-3pm, starting from HK$88
Dinner: 6pm onwards
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 12pm onwards, from HK$188
Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 5-7pm, HK$98 including free flow wings + chips + PBR
Address: 49 Elgin Street, SoHo T: 2387 6338