Dining at Grappa’s Cellar

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Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
http://elgrande.com.hk/restaurant/grappas-cellar/

Edwin and I had dinner here last night, as an anniversary celebration of sorts. Technically speaking, it was to celebrate one year and ten months of marriage, so it’s not really an anniversary. Oh well, I’ll take any reason to enjoy good food!

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Happy Hour is 3pm to 9pm daily! Cocktails are 2 for 1, so I ordered the Succo di Mirtilloe (or something like that), which is prosecco and cranberry juice. It tasted just fine, and it reminded me of a sparkling rosé. I loved drinking out of the champagne flute. It just felt so… celebratory. (Alright, we’ve established the theme!)

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I hesitated a little before I ordered the Caesar salad with chicken, thinking that the chicken might be cold and tough, which happens a lot to salads in general. However, I was really impressed with how tender this chicken was. There was also just enough dressing, the portion was generous. Good for two to share!

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For mains, we had the risotto with crab meat and prawns in lobster sauce, and ravioli with minced chicken, bacon and ricotta cheese in parmesan cream sauce. If you’re a seafood lover, you’ll love the risotto. Everything was cooked just right, and every mouthful packed a punch of crab-y, lobster-y flavour. Yum!

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The ravioli was lovely too. It was really creamy on the outside, yet it was not overpowering. (But then again, I love cheese and cream.) The inside of the ravioli had an interesting texture – it was drier and crumbly, and I could taste the individual flavours. It was my first time trying ravioli, so not bad!

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Surprisingly, we weren’t too full after our mains, so we ordered a tiramisu. This was definitely one of the best I’ve tried so far! First of all, it’s at least 50% larger than the average slice. But size isn’t the only factor. The biggest crime when it comes to tiramisu is dryness. My heart breaks a little every time that happens. Luckily, the base of this little baby was soaked through, and every bite presented a boozy kick.

Another thing I loved was that they weren’t stingy with the cocoa powder. You know how some tiramisus come with a mere dusting of cocoa powder? It’s never enough. Here, there’s an actual layer of cocoa powder that had to be at least 2mm thick. So much love!

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Bonus: There’s a dance floor in the restaurant! It’s not an everyday thing though, possibly only on Wednesday nights. There’s live music performances on other nights. You could call ahead to ask, if you’re interested.

Filled to the brim with carbs and cream, we sat back and observed the crowd for a while. We did dance later on, which was really fun. The other dancers were of varying levels, and everyone looked like they were a little drunk, so there’s no need to feel self-conscious!

Overall, it was a great dining experience. Dinner, drinks and dance? My heart is sold. It’s a place I would definitely revisit, with lots of friends in tow, and we’d dine, drink and dance the night away.

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