NEW AND NOTED
Italian eatery Ee Da Le (3/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2896-1838)—the highly-anticipated first of four ambitious restaurant openings from the man and self-proclaimed legend himself, Harlan Goldstein—is now open on Lyndhurst Terrace, and one thing’s for sure: there’s no question who’s in charge here. From the colorful cast of staff to the gaudy opera skirt-inspired hanging lamps and Harlan himself doing the cucaracha at the pass as he sprinkles some parmesan on a hot plate of pasta, the place is brimming with character—no less than what we’d expect from a chef who’s loud, brash attitude has garnered him more media attention in the last decade than most chefs get in a lifetime. Inspired by the coast of southern Italy, the rustic menu is broken down into handcrafted pastas, meats, seafood dishes and sides, with family-style portions made for sharing. There are some tweaks to the menu that need refining—such as an eye-watering $488 red prawn linguine—but several dishes are worth trying, including the char-grilled octopus with slivers of sopressata, Taggiasca olives and potato crema ($168); and the “Mama’s Meatballs” ($108) which, despite the ho hum name, are juicy and flavorful with three types of meat: veal, beef and pork sausage. After opening for only a few weeks, the place is already buzzing with curious Harlan fans—we’ll be back to watch the spectacle unfold for ourselves, probably with a negroni or two in hand.