Having conquered the culinary scenes of California and China, Chef Umberto Bombana is the founder of 3 Michelin-star restaurant 8 ½ Otto e mezzo BOMBANA. But he is more than that. Bombana won the title of Worldwide Ambassador of the White Truffle back in 2006 which means his Italian roots constantly inspire his cooking methods and dishes. He is eager to share northern Italian specialties with the people of Hong Kong; the city he has been calling home for 25 years now. From the best Italian coffee to quintessential Cantonese food, Bombana shares his favourite spots for you to experience in Hong Kong. Follow the lead of a local food expert and make sure to check some of these places out before leaving; only then your trip to Hong Kong will be complete.
Luxos: Where do you go for breakfast and why?
Umberto Bombana: 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo BOMBANA is the place I go every day. I love the cappuccino in the morning and the coffee here is my favorite.
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L: Where do you go for lunch and why?
UB: At Octavium, Italian chef Silvio prepares homemade food for me. As we’re both from Bergamo, we appreciate the northern Italian flavours which I miss so much!”
L: What is the best place for dinner and why?
UB: CIAK – In The Kitchen makes the best pizza in town. Since I often eat late after finishing work, I’d grab a pizza there for a simple yet delicious dinner.
L: What is your favourite cocktail bar and why?
UB: Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, or The Whisky Library – the bars at basement of landmark are very chic and the mixology is good, I especially like the Frozen Daiquiri.
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L: Where do you go for tasty Cantonese food and why?
UB: Celebrity Cuisine’s roasted beef and roasted pigeon brisket are very yummy.
L: What is your "hidden gem" and why?
UB: My father in-law makes the best dumplings at home, so I visit him once a month to have authentic Cantonese food.
L: Where is your favourite view and why?
UB: The view from the Peak is always the best in Hong Kong.
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L: Where do you go to relax and unwind?
UB: When I want quiet on my day off, I cook for myself at home.
L: Which touristy restaurant is worth checking and why?
UB: On Lee Noodle on Shau Kei Wan Main Street East has the best rice noodle, perfect with chilli oil.
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