August 29, 2014

Having a Ball

The lower quadrant of Elgin Street connecting to Hollywood Road was traditionally a neighbourhood lane, with little boutiques, Hong Kong style metal kiosks, and a handful of restaurants and shisha lounges which only residents within the vicinity or locals in the know frequent. However, the summer of 2014 has given this local lane a culinary facelift. Along with the highly anticipated Ho Lee Fook, Elgin Street is now home to fun and lively Italian joint NOM (Not Only Meatballs).

Unlike most Italian restaurants in Hong Kong, NOM is not a fine dining establishment. In fact, NOM is the kind of restaurant you would expect to see in Tribeca: hip, well designed, and most of all, a place which takes great liberty at reinterpreting Italian cuisine. The modern trattoria vibe complements the “remixed” Italian comfort food created by passionate Chef Fabrizio Napolitano, of Goccia fame.

Firstly, to point out the obvious, NOM does not only serve meatballs, but it does have a vast and varied selection. Purists can opt for the traditional beef meatball with a classic tomato sauce, while those looking to change it up can try a vegetarian-friendly artichoke and broad bean meatball drizzled with tomato sauce and pecorino cheese, which is reminiscent of the fried risotto balls we’ve had on the streets of Rome. Our favorite of the bunch is hands-down the King crab meatball with zucchini and coffee mayo, sort of like an Italian’s take on the New England crab cake.

Now onto the big stuff… Napoli-style pizzas like the Mushroom & Black Truffle Pizza, with wild mushrooms, fennel sausage, Taleggio cheese, buffalo mozzarella, and a generous helping of freshly shaved summer truffles from France are perfect for sharing before digging into hearty Northern Italian dishes like black ink tagliatelle or Mediterranean flavours like chargrilled octopus with grilled artichokes and olive powder. The giant menu of Italian favourites is paired with organic, biodynamic wines from Italy, Australia, and New Zealand; as well as refreshing summer cocktails like the “Melon and Summer” and “Hibiscus Bellini”.

With its laid back vibe and soul-nourishing food that even the fussiest Italian grandmother would approve of, we imagine that NOM will be filled with guests nom, nom, nom-ing away in no time…

1-5 Elgin Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2540 7988

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