8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA

8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA, an upscale Michelin-starred restaurant and bar from Hong Kong is one of Shanghai's most famous Italian fine dining restaurants. Founded by chef Umberto Bombana and helmed by the executive chef Riccardo La Perna,8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA offers authentic Italian cuisine strongly influenced by a Sicilian background and culinary influence to the menu.

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8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA housed in the heritage Mission Building on Yuanmingyuan Road on the bund, whereas a lot of fine restaurants and boutiques locates.

I have been here a lot of times before, as well as the 3-Michenlin-starred  restaurant in Hong Kong. I loved the ambiance and decor of the Shanghai branch much better, modern, elegant with a stunning view.

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The restaurant opens for dinner daily, and brunch on every Sunday.Both a la carte menu and the degustation menu are served during dinner, the degustation menu is priced at  CNY1288+10%  which covers 6 signature dishes.

A 4-course set menu at RMB 458+10% including coffee or tea is served during brunch, kids menu also available at RMB 138+10%. For the 8 ½ Sunday Brunch, Chef Riccardo la Perna and his team are launching a “Regional Brunch”, where they will create a new menu with a local theme every 5-6 weeks! (Free for kids under 6) The full A la carte selection is also available.

We were more impressive with the a la carte dishes thus both picked from a la carte.

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Started  with some freshly-baked artisanal breads, served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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New Zealand Scampi Carpaccio 新西兰生虾薄片 (CNY 288)


New Zealand Scampi Carpaccio 新西兰生虾薄片 (CNY 288)

The  scampi carpaccio was a very impressive and refreshing antipasti, it was served with Italian calvisius caviar, lime and honey citronette, diced seasonal vegetables and fresh herbs. The scampi itself was tender, creamy and naturally sweet. The caviar added some luxurious to the entire dish.

Pan Seared Corn Fed Duck Foie Gras 香煎鹅肝 (CNY 258)


Pan Seared Corn Fed Duck Foie Gras 香煎鹅肝 (CNY 258)

Artisanal Spaghetti Gentile, North Sea Crab, and Zucchini Ragout, Parsley Emulsion 手工细面配北海道蟹肉 (CNY 238)


Artisanal Spaghetti Gentile, North Sea Crab, and Zucchini Ragout, Parsley Emulsion 手工细面配北海道蟹肉 (CNY 238)

A meal at Bombana is incomplete without their pasta dishes. This time, i had two pasta dishes: spaghetti gentile with North sea crab, and fettuccine with blur lobster. Both dishes were cooked al dante and well-seasoned, lovely tastes that settled my pasta cravings.

Fettuccine, Blue Lobster, Fresh tomatoes, Saffron, Greens & fennel Emulsion 意式宽面配蓝龙虾 (CNY 298)

Fettuccine, Blue Lobster, Fresh tomatoes, Saffron, Greens & fennel Emulsion 意式宽面配蓝龙虾 (CNY 298)

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Then were served with the pre-dessert, almond foam with mulberry. 

Classic Mille Feuille: Chantilly cream, seasonal berries, basil sorbet 经典拿破仑 (CNY 188)

Classic Mille Feuille: Chantilly cream, seasonal berries, basil sorbet 经典拿破仑 (CNY 188)

The classic mille feuille was a very lovely one - the layers was crispy, the vanilla cream was creamy and wonderfully paired with the layers and berries. While the layers was a bit hard, thus it was hard to cut it without crushing.

Modern Tiramisu: Marscarpone Ice cream, panna cotta, marsala 现代提拉米苏 (CNY 228)


Modern Tiramisu: Marscarpone Ice cream, panna cotta, marsala 现代提拉米苏 (CNY 228)

Leave the best to the last. Finally comes my favorite tiramisu, it was pricy for the tiny portion but definitely worth. The coffee panna cotta was silky and high in flavor, it wonderfully paired with the mascarpone cheese and ice-cream and some crispy chocolate puffs to lifted up the texture. A MUST!

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8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana is probably the best Italian fine dining restaurant in town. All the dishes we tried, include previous visits, were consistently good through the menu. The service was no doubt good as well. A sure thing I will be back.


Address: 6F, Mission Building, 169 Yuanmingyuan Lu (圆明园路169号协进大楼6楼)

ours: Mon-Sat 6pm-12am; Sun 11:30am-3pm, 6pm-12am; Bar: 4pm-12am

Price: CNY 800+

Recommend: Pasta, Tiramisu