After taking Bear on the Batman Dark Flight ride - which makes it three days in a row for him - we left Studio City and dragged our bags across the road to Galaxy Macau. This was my first time walking into the giant complex, and thanks to me not doing sufficient homework, we literally walked from one end to the opposite side in order to get to 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana.
Upon arrival we were led around to the back entrance of the restaurant, which looked like it was set up for guests dining in the private rooms... as they can get to the rooms discreetly without passing through the main area of the restaurant. No doubt the real VIPs appreciate this type of arrangement.
Having been turned away for this meal by Robuchon au Dôme due to Bear being under age and the private room having been booked by another party - I advised the restaurant regarding our Bear situation. Initially, the staff on the phone insisted that Bear is under age and could not dine in the restaurant. I protested and informed her that not only has Bear dined at a number of fine dining restaurants, he has in fact dined at 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana in Hong Kong! Mama Bear even took the extra step of sending me a couple of pics of Bear posing with Chef Umberto Bombana in the Hong Kong restaurant, in case the staff insisted on their policy. Fortunately, the restaurant decided to accommodate us by seating us in one of the private rooms.
The set lunch seemed like a very good deal, so I chose not to order à la carte. I also chose not to have a main course, and had dessert instead.
But my dining companions weren't happy with my decision and mentioned this to manager Danny Allegretti. He tasted the wine and opined that it was oxidized but not really corked.
Nevertheless, he offered us another wine as replacement. We certainly wouldn't have any issues with TCA for this bottle... since the closure is not actually cork but a screwcap!