A few months ago, an aesthetically appealing restaurant called Bokok has opened in the center of Via Paolo Sarpi. I had already spoken to you in the small corner at the beginning of the street about the Chinese breakfast (unfortunately open a bit when the owners decide ...), here I am talking about the real restaurant specialized in the culinary tradition of Hong Kong.
From the window at the entrance you can admire the chefs intent on filling and closing the various ravioli by hand one by one, before steaming: this is an excellent presentation, which guarantees the freshness of the dim sum.
The spaces are clear and bright, the walls are topped with books (especially in Chinese) and bottles of wine: a very welcoming environment, designed in my opinion especially for Italian and international customers.
The staff is quick but polite, the menu is inside a tablet: you have to choose what to order and then deliver the tablet to the dining room staff. Unfortunately, if you decide to eat in the outdoor area, the internet connection does not work, so you will be forced to enter the restaurant to place the order - everything is really annoying and you will not be helped by anyone ...
But what do you eat at Bokok's? The menu opens with a series of dim sum, namely dumplings, baozi and small delicacies. I tried the cheung fun with pork (tasty and juicy, I liked it a lot), the boiled wontons served with spicy sauce (delicate, despite the fiery red sauce the chilli is tolerable), a black baozi stuffed with char siu (the size is a bit small, overall I found it a little trivial) and some salty rolls with Chinese ham and spring onions (they are full of butter, definitely unexpected).
Then I tried the roast duck which unfortunately disappointed me a lot: although the skin was crunchy and appetizing, the rest was just bones. Virtually not even a shadow of the meat!
Don Po pork belly cube is better but not too much: served in a bamboo basket, it is a real mega square of fat that I honestly struggled to finish - the amount of meat was really small.
My Bokok experience can be summarized as follows: ups and downs. In such a well-kept context, I was expecting much more. The breakfast I tried in their other restaurant had greatly raised my expectations, which on the whole were not met. Not to mention that the final bill is slightly higher than the average of the other restaurants in the neighborhood.
The rest of the menu is very varied, you will find many first and second courses of fish and vegetables, but for what I have tried so far I recommend Bokok mainly for starters and dim sum.