Feb 10, 2013

Romanced by Italy!

What better way to be romanced eh?! It said that romance is found is what you love and what you are passionate, there is definite romance in food! We sat down for an Italian dinner at the Claridges with the lovely Irene Vigolo, our sommelier for the evening and the evening couldn't have been better. If you've been to the Claridges at Surajkund, especially in the evening you will surely notice how it sparkles, the glass, metal, light and water bodies come together like a dance, it's beautiful!

The evening was dedicated to Italy and what a wonderful tribute, oscillating between delicate and robust flavours, I enjoyed some very new and very tremendous foods from one of my favourite food regions - Italy! Our meal started with a selection of Italian cold cuts, Parma ham and melon (750) which are always lovely here, fresh, sliced just right and with colours that pop off the plate! 

Then came one of the showstoppers (at least for me), the Carpaccio di tonno (750) which was a onion skin thin Carpaccio of yellow fin tuna on arugula bed with kalamata olives, capers in olive and lemon dressing, beautifully done, exuberant portion and quite a Mediterranean take on tuna or even sushi for that matter!I have usually had carpaccio's of beef and salmon and vegetables too, but a first time with a fishy fish like tuna, which actually becomes quite delicate once it's cut and treated this way!

My main course was one of best ‘done’ steaks I have had in a while, I like them well done and this was lightly charred on top and pink, juicy and done just right inside.  The lovely Bistecca alla Fiorentina (1850), Grilled premium tenderloin with freshly sautéed spinach and extra virgin olive oil! Then came the Pizza Diavola (625), Pepperoni and chili flakes, good pepperoni is yet another way of God saying he loves us and on thin crust Pizza the way Chef does it, its complete heaven. Our dessert is what left me completely gobsmacked, the Minestrone e frutta esotico (450),  Minestrone of exotic fruits with lemon sorbet, off late we have been soooo superbly lucky with sorbets and this one goes on the top five.

A special mention of the wines I fell in love with that night, the Zonin Prosecco Special Cuvee Brut (2200), the Zonin, Soave (2000) and the rich and heavy Zonin Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo (2000). *Prices of bottles

Enjoy this and more at Oasis, The Claridges, Surajkund!