A vain female that I am , I could not resist trying another cocktail – Fountain of youth . It had a wonderful pinkish-red color and was served in a shot glass with a julienne of ginger on top . It had Bacardi white vodka with pomegranate juice and ginger juice.
Coming to starters I started with Roasted garlic and Cream of Mushroom soup which was basically mushrooms mixed with roasted garlic and infused with thyme and cooked very slowly it was very apt for winters very hearty and had great flavors of mushroom and garlic you could taste it in every bite it was served topped with cream and a slice of bread which I wish was a little thicker with more texture.
It set the mood for the evening .
I then started with a salad of Red wine Poached Pear,Pomegranate seeds, baby lettuce and Feta cheese in a champagne vinaigrette the Feta Cheese added the right amount of saltiness to the sweetness of the Poached pear and the pomegranate seeds but it would have done well with a little bit of toasted nuts for that crackling texture.
Next I had Bruschettas and they had four types of Bruschetta – Mild cheddar and Caramelized onions,Olive Tapenade,Tomato and basil ,Chicken Caponata .
The Olive Tapenade and Chicken Caponata stood out for the flavors.The Olive Tapenade had finally chopped olives capers with garlic and olive oil and was placed on a crunchy slice of toasted bread .
The tomato and basil was fresh and juicy but the tomato sauce added to it made it little too sweet likewise the Mild Cheddar and Caramelized onion and lettuce had messed up today which made it a little on the sweeter side.
The chicken Caponata had the right balance of chicken pieces,it was buttery and the herbs really gave it another dimension and was a clear favorite of the other foodies too.
|Mia Bella Mojito ( Orange juice,cranberry juice and
kiwi juice make it different from Classic Mint Mojito )
Among the Tapas, I tried the stuff mushroom with creamy leak sauce .The sauce was very good and the mushrooms were well done .It was delectable to the core and great with the accompanying white wine .
WOOD FIRED PIZZAS
For mains we had wood fired Mediterranean pizza with artichokes and pesto – it was a classic thin crust pizza with the right amount of cheese and the artichokes were done to perfection. But I wished for a little more pesto flavor .
The wood fired three cheese and spinach pizza with sun dried tomatoes was very good . It had ricotta,Parmesan and mozzarella,I missed the fresh basil though .
UPSIDE DOWN PIZZAS
Next , I tried the wild mushroom risotto . The risotto was creamy yet not mushy and had bold mushroom flavors . Quite good !In fact I could visit this place only for this single dish .
Finally for deserts , I had a traditional tiramisu,the coffee infused sponge cake was soft and the Mascarpone cream was light and not dense with the right amount of sweetness set off perfectly with Kahlua .