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The Best Of Hong Kong
Lifestyle News
By Andrea Lo | July 28th, 2016
  • Restaurant
  • Central, HK Island
  • Address: 8/F, California Tower,30-32 D'Aguilar Street,Central
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/mercatohongkong/
  • Open Hours: Monday-Sunday, Lunch, Dinner
  • Open Since: July 2nd, 2022
  • Phone: 3706-8567
  • Rating: 4
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Western
  • Ambience: Casual

Sharing is Caring: Following a successful first branch in Shanghai, Italian restaurant Mercato opened its Hong Kong outpost in June. Family-style dishes reign supreme here, so if you like trying a little bit of everything at the table, this is the place for you.

Look & Feel: Taking up a vast space at California Tower in Lan Kwai Fong, Mercato is decked out to resemble a Hong Kong market. The outdoor terrace is designed with a “farm chic” aesthetic in mind.

Mercato
Mercato

Meet the Chef: Mercato is helmed by chef and prolific restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who runs more than 30 concepts across the globe. These include his three-Michelin-starred namesake restaurant Jean Georges in New York City — which has a branch in Shanghai. This isn’t Vongerichten’s first time in Hong Kong — he ran a restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong in the 1990s.

On the Menu: Hearty Italian fare takes center stage. Expect to dig into chargrilled octopus, housemade ricotta with strawberry compote, whole roasted snapper and crispy beef short ribs. Mercato’s bar offers Italian-inspired cocktails — think Spicy Sicilian Margarita and the like.

Great For: Big group dinners.

FYI: Mercato is equipped with a wood-burning oven to make the pizzas in.

This writeup is a news piece and was not based on a restaurant visit. The Loop will update this post once we’ve visited in person.