A fun and unpretentious Wan Chai spot for comforting Italian classics and stylish cocktails
Pirata is split into two levels and industrial design elements dominate the décor in both rooms. The plain concrete walls are matched with wooden chairs, light bulb chandeliers and metal mesh panels, accented with whimsical elements like the red cushioned seating on the first level and a mismatching cluster of chandeliers on the lower level. The first level features seating that is more suited for drinks and a casual bite, with a secluded area to the right that is ideal for group dinners, while the lower level has more dining tables.
The menu offers refined but hearty comfort food. The grilled tomino cheese wrapped with speck ham is pure indulgence—the ham adds a nice, smoky flavour to the melted cheese, although we think it would have been nice to have a vinegared element to the combination to balance out the strong flavours. Also in the appetiser section is an octopus salad, with the seafood expertly cooked and nicely accented with lemon, parsley and olives.
For the mains, the pappardelle with duck ragu is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The pasta was cooked to al dente, the meat was tender and the ragu was so rich and flavourful, you would have thought a kindly nonna was the one cooking it behind the scenes, based on a secret recipe. The Butcher’s Cut— although it is 500g worth of flank steak—is not as heavy as one would have thought, as it came sliced and accompanied by a generous portion of rocket salad. The quality of the beef showed in its flavour and it was a smart move to serve it with salad instead of a heavy accompaniment —the beef holds it own but it didn’t overpower the other dishes or made us feel overly full.
We were intrigued by the lemon sgroppino in the dessert menu and it did not disappoint—the lemon sorbet with prosecco was presented in a flute and is more of the drink than a dessert, providing a light and refreshing way to end the meal.
Pirata’s wine menu is easy to read and comes in three price points only, under tongue-in-cheek categories titled “Your Money”, Your Husband’s Money” and “Company Account”. The selection skews towards labels from Italy, with two options each of prosecco and dessert wine to choose from. Vermouth is the star of the show at Pirata though; with the restaurant offering an extensive list under six categories.
Pirata does not add a mandatory service charge to the bill and the service was one of the highlights of the experience, with staff that was quick to make you feel welcomed in the beginning and was friendly and attentive throughout the meal.
With food and drinks, the bill adds up to around $600 per person. While the price leans more to the high side, we think the quality of the food and the service makes it worth every penny.
|Accept Credit Card||Yes|
|Dress Code||Smart Casual|