Shelter Italian Bar and Restaurant takes Hong Kong’s restaurant scene to new heights by presenting one of the most original sustainable dining spaces in the city. Officially opening on 31st October, the gastronomic sanctuary at the seventh floor of Hysan Place specializes in Italian food presented at the al fresco space with several distinct areas, including an organic garden growing vegetables, herbs and fruits. The venue also boasts a VIP dining area, bar lounge and a deli store for customers on-the-go.
The restaurant celebrates its debut with “diva of Asia” who is also a passionate environmentalist Kelly Chen, as the guest of honor to officiate the opening ceremony. Other VIPs attending the Grand Opening press conference on 30th October are Mr. Siu Chuen Lau, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hysan Development Company Limited; Mr. Xavier Beysecker, Managing Director of Pernod Ricard Hong Kong; and Mr. David Yeung, Co-Founder of Green Monday. On 31st October, a celebrity-studded private party will be held to celebrate its official grand opening.
Shelter Italian Bar and Restaurant’s commitment to encourage sustainable living in the city extends to collaborations with community non-profits such as the eco-friendly social enterprise Green Monday. The restaurant’s interior decked out in nature-inspired designs and colours, cultivates a serene ambience to offer visitors a tranquil escape far removed from the hyper pace and urban sprawl typically associated with Causeway Bay.
Great food requires exceptional ingredients and Shelter Italian Bar and Restaurant is committed to sourcing the best ingredients for diners. Supported by Easy Organic Farm, the crops in the garden are all harvested without any chemicals or genetic manipulation.
Executive chef Simonetta Garelli defines the menu as classic Italian with a focus on northern specialties and a few regional favourites. Organic produce is used where possible, such as chemical-free vegetables, wild-caught fish and hormone-free meat.
“The world is sick now so we all need to make changes; I’m grateful for this opportunity to make changes in my own little way, through cooking and educating people on eating healthy.” Try signature dishes such as pici all’arrabbiata, a hand-rolled spaghetti in spicy red sauce made with homegrown tomatoes; or the organic risotto from Acquerello in black olives and cream sauce with prawns. For secondis, the hormone-free beef tenderloin is recommended, served with beer foam and organic tempura vegetables. Close the meal with the healthy and lean dairy-free cheesecake.
Complementing the experience is an extensive menu of wines, champagnes and cocktails also available at the elegant outdoor terrace. Shelter Italian Bar and Restaurant is a groundbreaking culinary concepts and the multi-faceted venue at the heart of Causeway Bay is a destination in itself.