I stumbled upon Picada whilst taking a leisurely walk around Central with my other half one Sunday afternoon.  I was enticed by the pork-belly one of several main course listed on the sample menu on the street corner outside of the restaurant.  I vowed to return for dinner later once I’d worked up an appetite after sightseeing.

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This pan-Latin restaurant has brought the flavours of South and Central America to Hong Kong.  Picado is being touted Hong Kong’s first pan-Latin restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace.  I didn’t get the chance to sit on the terrace but inside of the restaurant is beautiful and welcoming.  I especially loved the colourful decor.  The service was excellent.  Our waitress was warm and friendly and even recommended a main course that we enjoyed.

For starters we ordered the Colombian shrimp ceviche and the pork belly (which is actually a side dish but we chose to have it as a starter), the 3 duck rice as our main and a chocolate smoothie and cranberry juice to wash it all down.  Unfortunately we couldn’t test the other drinks because both of us are just getting over a cold.

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The shrimp ceviche was served in a tall wine glass.  It was filled with blanched shrimp  in salsa ‘rosada dressing’ onions , coriander, lime juice and plantain chips.

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My only complaint is that the pork belly was a little bland.  It was not as flavoured as I had expected but everything else was scrumptious.  I would definitely visit again, for food or just to try the drinks.

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