Sunday, May 6, 2012

An-tico Enoteca & Pizzeria (Hong Kong)

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Stepping inside An-tico reminded me of NYC, the lofty atmosphere, the subway tiles, the high ceiling and the 1920’s style custom light fixtures made me feel right at home. It is rare for a Hong Kong restaurant to have such a huge space but all of WindyCity's restaurants especially the notable Dan Ryan's and Amaroni’s outlets in Hong Kong have huge space. An interesting observation is how all of Windy City's Hong Kong establishments are situated inside malls / venues that have a cinema. I wonder what was the logic or business decision behind that. Anyhow, thanks Barbra and her company for treating me to this meal and I do wish her to have a great trip to Guam in October!




We started out lunch with the signature An-tico's Wing Bites. It wasn't what I expected, instead of deep fried, they were partly grilled with strong hints of rosemary. I have to be honest that the presentation was not the pretties but I guess the flavors compensated the look. After all, the taste and flavors should be the key right?

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If you love Avocado, you will love the Crab Stuffed Avocado. The flavor of the crab meat matched the subtle taste of avocado. The texture ... well, just like another other avocado I suppose haha. Nonetheless, a great way to start the meal with.

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I forgot the exact name of the dish but what I do recall is the name pastry Cigar and Cod Fish somewhere in the name or in the ingredient list. We were all expecting something like a normal fish stick but instead of bread crumbs the outer layer would be made of thin layers of pastries. We were partly right in that respect, the outer layers were of thin pastries but the inside was more like Portuguese style Bacalhau croquette.

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For pizza we ordered the Trevisella (Neopolitan Pizze style) which came with plenty of rockets! I like how they serve the pizza in a separate rack so to save table space. You can put stuff underneath as well like pasta! I did exactly that!

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For pasta we ordered the Fettuccine with shrimps and scallops. Very generous with the seafood as well as pasta, can be shared between two persons easily! The scallops were quite large and retained the freshness and sweetness to them.

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The Housemade Soft Gelato was alright, nothing overly exciting if you ask me. The Soft Gelato served was more on the creamy side for your information.

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The dessert highlight got to be the Banana Boat!!! Childhood memories! Once again, thanks Barbra for inviting!

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