A few days back, I had a chance to savour a plate of ' Spaghetti a la Vongole' at Da Domenica, HK ( supposedly one of HK's best Italian eatery ) and La Boheme, Tokyo ( a busy family Italian Trattoria ) in two consecutive days. The Da Domenica's version, at a whopping HK$480 ( US$60+ ) tasted fairly good with the clams fresh and plump and the pasta cooked al dente, Was it worth the mega-bucks? A definite no!! The Tokyo's La Boheme version was a huge surprise!! Coming from the kitchen of a 'chained restaurant', the pasta was one of the best tasting 'Vongole' outside of Italy! Not only was the taste flavourful, with the right amount of garlic and fresh black pepper, the amount of shelled pasta clams piled into the plate was unreal! The quality, ultra plump and breaming with freshness. At a cost of JPY1200 ( US$12 )!! Its a steal!!
If this sort of quality and value is a reflection of your typical Tokyo eatery, I cannot wait for the Michelin Star restaurants!!!
As for Da Domenica, unless one is a contrarian and is fortunate enough to make lots of money in the 'sub-prime' environment, I would use one's capital and eat else where!! There are tons of fine Chinese restaurants nearby in Causeway Bay!!