Being a health enthusiast foodie, I couldn’t be more excited to try some healthy food at Castello, the first paleo Italian restaurant located at the heart of Soho, using only fresh ingredients imported directly from Italy twice a week.
Paleo diet, a.k.a caveman diet, is not a weigh-loss diet, it its an disease diet. The healthiest way you can eat because it is not only nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energy, while our modern diet full of refined food, trans fat and sugar that is leading to lots of common disease.
Prosciutto e Mozzarela ($178)
One of the most traditional appetiser to have at any Italian restaurant. The giant piece of buffalo mozzarella tasted fresh with a runny centre, while the 24 months aged parma ham were thinly sliced. The savouriness from the ham blanked out the light and creamy mozzarella with a rich dairy taste.
If you fancy olive oil, don’t be shy to go crazy pouring a generous amount of olive oil to go with your mozzarella, I can guaranteed the high milk content cheese is going to taste even creamier and fresher.
Vitella Funghi e Tartufi ($248)
At Castello, all steak are grass-fed, which means paleo-friendly. They are flown chilled, but not frozen, from Italy and sourced from cows fed only fresh grass and man-made artificial gran based feed.
As a truffle lover, we could smell the aromatic truffle from the kitchen. The truffle cream sauce was cooked with mushroom and fresh rosemary, a perfect match with the cooked veal. We really enjoyed the cream based truffle sauce so we used almost the whole bread basket to do some sauce dipping actions.
p.s. if you like rare meat, make sure you ask for it beforehand otherwise the restaurant likes to cook their veal more thoroughly.
Risotto ’Nduja Italian Sausage ($248)
For Pizza and Risotto, gluten free option is also available for a small additional charge. We are not allergic to gluten so we just went for the normal one. Since risotto is Castello’s signature dish, we have order this risotto which used to be on the special menu, it was then moved on to the regular menu because it was too popular from a lot of customers.
With no disappointment, it was one of the most unique risottos I have ever had. The al dente risotto was cooked with zucchini, Italian sausage and ‘Nduja (special spicy spreadable salami from Calabria). We liked it because of its distinctive taste and its texture was not too heavy and cheesy compared to many other risottos out there. It tasted indeed local and Italianal. You know what? Chef Macro revealed that it was one of his mum’s signature dishes! No wonder we couldn’t find this dish in anywhere else!
The whole dessert used pure Italian ingredients from the egg, mascarpone cheese, ladies fingers, to even a shot of espresso. The tiramisu looked a bit different from normal ones because they used Italian egg yolk which is a lot more yellowish compared to those ones in Hong Kong. Complementary gluten free version is also available upon request.
Be aware that this dessert is quite dense and it’s very satisfying even it is served in a cocktail glass instead of scrapping from a big dish. A sweet end draws a beautiful full stop to a lovely meal on the ground floor of Soho, overseeing the westernised buzzing party district!
Last but not least, don’t forget to order a nice cup of Italian coffee to ease your digestion by boosting your metabolism after a satisfying yet nutritious paleo meal.
Soho area is full of quality Italian restaurant, Castello would be a great choice for you if you are living on a paleo diet or if you are allergic gluten. This place is reasonably price while the portion sizes are very generous for its price. So, do come and give it a go to try how paleo taste like!
Address: G/F, 38 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2116 9250
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