The busy Central district of Hong Kong is home to many fine dining restaurants and it is here that The Drawing Room reopened in May 2016. Located inside the PMQ building, a place for creative happenings, it is somewhat hidden on the seventh floor but well worth the visit.
The man running the kitchen is Gabriele Milani, a young chef who previously worked in London, Paris and Barcelona. Executive Chef Milani is originally from Lombardia, Italy and brings all the classic flavours from his home country to Hong Kong but in a much lighter way.
Expect no heavy sauces or plates loaded with pasta, instead Executive Chef Milani prefers to combine top notch ingredients in a more refined way. Good examples are the roasted quail with foie gras mousse or the mussels with fregola and shellfish broth.
Inside, the dining room can seat around thirty people and during the day there is a lot of light due to its rooftop location. The velvet couches and the cassette ceiling further give the entire place a touch of Art Nouveau while still feeling very modern. Those who dine separately can enjoy their meal in all privacy in one of the three private dining rooms.
Guests can choose from two different tasting menus, either classic or seasonal, and there is a wide choice of additional menus such as brunch or Sunday roast.
As a small gimmick, every guest has a set of colour pencils on his plate together with a piece of paper.
All in all, the Drawing Room offers excellent value for money in a most enjoyable setting. It is the type of place where you can easily return to just enjoy the quality food without breaking the bank.
Written by Sebastiaan