Address: 208 Hollywood Road
Hollywood road is a popular destination for brunch, with a mix of old world charm and contemporary vibes. 208 Ducentto Otto, a vintage style Italian eatery, sits at the end of hollywood road amongst Chinese antique shops. It has both indoor and outdoor seating and is a perfect spot to relax with friends, have brunch or a casual meeting. It also offers on weekends, a free-flow champagne brunch, which caught my eye.
We were quickly seated indoors for our Saturday brunch, as it was raining (what a shame!) and given a wooden clip board; the Menu. We ordered a starter to share, 2 mains and a dessert to share.
Mozzarella di Bufala (picture above left); basically mozzarella cheese with tomatoes and a balsamic dressing. This was a refreshing start to the meal, with just enough vinegar to bring out the flavour of the mozerella, and the rocket to add a bit of crunch.
Calamari di Fritto Misto; fried squid with a spicy mayo. This was also very tasty. The batter was light and the squid very fresh, the mayo also added a good kick.
Yellow Fin Tuna; seared lightly on the side with a bed of grilled eggplant. Simple, yet tasty, though the potion was quite small for a main at $268. If I didn’t order a starter, I would have still been hungry. This was starter size portions.
Steak & eggs (picture above middle); Steak, fried egg, tomatoes and roast potatoes. A standard breakfast item with child size portions. At $198, which is one of the cheaper mains, it is still quite expensive for the amount of food served. The steak and egg was well cooked, and the potatoes some what crispy, but nothing special.
Dark Chocolate tart (picture above right); The raspberry sorbet was very good, not too sweet and off-sets the richness of the chocolate filling. The tart though was nothing great.
Overall, a good brunch with good atmostphere, but definitely on the pricey side. If 208 can increase the portions of their mains I think it would be worth a try.