The Sabatini brothers, who opened their first restaurant in Rome in 1954, had such success that they decided to export their cuisine to Hong Kong in 1992. Sabatini is in a strange location in the Royal Garden Hotel in Tsim Tsa Tsui East. In this neighborhood, good restaurants are rare.
Fortunately, Sabatini’s classic Roman fare will satiate those who crave consistently authentic Italian food. One may be tempted to load up on the anti-pasti buffet since there are so many great little appetizers, but save some room for the delicious hand made pasta- like the house linguine. For the mains, there’s a wide array of seafood choices. They also have popular meat dishes like veal with morel sauce or, you can try the specials of the day. The menu isn’t creative, but it is good comfort food if you’re craving classic dishes laden with olive oil, garlic and peppers. Wash it down with a bottle of good Italian vino (There’s an extensive list) and top it off tiramisu and you’ve got the perfect Italian dining experience.
Décor-wise Sabatini manages to be casual but upscale, romantic and rustic at the same time. There are terra cotta floors, wood-beamed ceilings and traditional Roman murals. At night, there’s a guitar band that serenades the diners and apparently they know every song ever suggested. Lunchtimes are popular for the set menu which ranges from HK $140-220 depending on how many courses you want.