Giando

Giando recently made the move from their original location at Fenwick Pier to the trendy Star Street area. The new restaurant design gives off a more fine dining feel with some rustic bits and pieces dotted here and there. The large windows overlooks the corner of Star Street, with some greenery planted in front to offer a bit privacy. Giando is headed by Michelin starred Chef David Tamburini and his team, offering modern Italian cuisine with a focus on fresh ingredients and flavours.

For my visit to Giando, I was accompanied by two of the pickiest eaters I know: my parents. We arrived at the restaurant around 7pm Friday and it was pretty empty. I was a bit scared if I had chosen the wrong place to go, as it is never a good sign when there are more waiting staff than customers. Nevertheless we got seated and went on to order our food for the night.

Bread Selection
Bread Selection

The bread arrived at the same time as our menu which I’m not a huge fan of. But since there were 7 waiters standing around with no customers to serve I guess they had to find something to do. There was a good selection of bread, with my favourite being the sun-dried tomato focaccia.

Beef Carpaccio with Rocket, Aged Parmigiano Reggiano and Lemon Dressing
Beef Carpaccio with Rocket, Aged Parmigiano Reggiano and Lemon Dressing

An awesome start to the meal. Beef was extremely tender and the marbling of fat gave a wonderful buttery texture in my mouth. The light lemon dressing was perfect to add another dimension of flavour to the beef without being overpowering. My dad originally refused to take a bite (because “raw meat will kill uuuuu!”) but after forcing him to take a taste he happily finished half the plate J

Egg, Crispy Pancetta and Summer Black Truffle
Egg, Crispy Pancetta and Summer Black Truffle

Can’t say no to truffle, especially freshly shaved truffle with runny egg and pancetta. A tried and tested combination that always delivers.

It was at this point that the sun went down, and our dinner went down with it. The open and welcoming atmosphere was gone and we were left with a dark-as-fuck dining room where our only light were the street lights outside and a sad tiny candle. God forbid we weren’t sitting in one of the booths, could probably develop film inside one of those.

Spaghetti Mancini with Sea Urchin and Bottarga
Spaghetti Mancini with Sea Urchin and Bottarga

Had to say, this did not look appetising at all. Even factoring in my crappy photography skills it was still a pile of yellowy mess on a plate with some sprinkling of very dead-looking herbs on top. The spaghetti had a nice texture and chew but the taste was very one-dimensional and not impressive at all.

Giando Tiramisu
Giando Tiramisu

I had read mixed reviews regarding this dessert before coming so I was a bit skeptical, but the waiter highly recommended it so we decided to give it a try. The only description I could think of for the tiramisu is “sweet”. Not only did the tiramisu lack the depth of flavour normally provided by the espresso and alcohol, the chocolate flake on top also added nothing in terms of taste or presentation. Such a shame.

Homemade Vanilla Ice cream with Condiments
Homemade Vanilla Ice cream with Condiments

Thankfully the other recommendation from the waiter offered some redemption. The signature ice cream was amazing. The huge portion could easily have been shared by 4 people, yet it was so delicious we nommed down the whole “carapina” in no time. We proceeded to walk an hour home afterwards as we were so full from all that yummy ice cream. Totally worth it.

There were definitely some hit and misses with Giando. At the price they are charging food quality expectations are high, and sadly many of the courses did not deliver. If I do come again it will probably only be for their ice cream.


Giando

Shop 1, G/F, Tower 1, Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 12:00-15:00; 18:00-00:00

Tel: 2511 8912

Website: http://www.giandorestaurant.com/


 

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