TIMEOUT HK / WHERE TO BUY GREAT FOOD PRODUCT THIS SEASON
Posted on 02 November 2016
Sitting on Hennessey Road is a tasting lounge that’s unique, classy, offers a wide range of unique products and delicious food. The space is decked out with leather couches, dark wooden book shelves displaying unique products, and wine glasses as décor in an atmosphere that exudes elegance. The venue, available for private functions, is suitable for sophisticated celebrations or even intimate family functions.
Members of the Antico family who have been trading fresh produce since 1938 started the Emporio Antico brand. Matthew Antico who has been based in Asia for over a decade runs the Hong Kong lounge; he has a tremendous amount of experience and passion for the culinary arts and is well known among chef and restaurant owners. The iconic Australian family has carefully curated a line of fine foods that it sells at the lounge.
It sources a large variety of goods from Australia and has an extensive range of Tasmaian products including; rare bush pepperberries, high quality gourmet hot sauce, jams, mustards, relishes and classic dessert sauces. Additionally, the lounge also sells fresh truffles from Europe and Australia, fresh caviar that’s produced without any preservatives or pasteurization, the highest grade Saffron, vintage balsamic vinegars from Italy and pure cherry juice that comes straight from the Antico family farm in Australia. The farm operates as the wholesale arm of Emporio Antico and delivers fine foods to leading 5-star hotels, casinos and Michelin-rated restaurants in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.
Emporio Antico themselves curate dishes and tasting sets that incorporate many of its sold products. It offers a 6-course dinner tasting set, and a 3-course lunch set, which features Tasmanian truffle risotto that is a signature product. Additionally, a chef’s special seasonal set, caviar tasting set and black truffle set along with a few a la carte dishes are available as well. The tasting lounge also has an extensive wine list, which gives diners plenty of pairing options. On top of that, those who head down between 5-7pm from Tuesday to Saturday can enjoy a happy ‘gourmet’ hour that includes free flow gourmet bites, 2 glasses of house drinks and a portion of caviar.
Emporio Antico’s menu lists the sold products used in each dish making it easy for diners to pinpoint exactly what they’re falling in love with, and once they do they’re able to purchase the product immediately. It puts fine dining on a plate for you and then gives you the opportunity to bring it and enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. Pranav Khemlani