Restaurant Review

The President’s first love

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Three Michelin starred Chef Eric Frechon with Hayat Grif in Le Bristol, Paris.

Here, in Paris, the global capital of gastronomy, Michelin-starred chefs dazzle. Each one conjures pleasure. The three-starred maestro, author, Eric Frechon, knighted by President Sarkozy has been on the top of my list of favourites. I’ve been tasting his creations from the time President Sarkozy used to come from across the street for Chef Frechon’s creations. Elysees palace is located diagonally opposite the most exquisite Parisian palace, Le Bristol where Chef Frechon weaves his magic. Celebrating it’s ninetieth year this timeless palace has hosted Charlie Chaplin, Picasso, Ava Gardner, Woody Allen et al.

It embodies the art of French living, offers discretion and luxury. I have an amazing meal at it’s brand new cafe Antonia (dedicated to Marie Antoinette), cant stop pouring over Eric Frechon’s landmark book, but it’s the pure vegetarian five course meal in their three Michelin-starred “Epicure” that dazzles. Gems of wizardry explode with flavour and texture, artichokes with pink garlic chips. Asparagus glazed with walnut oil, powdered egg,black truffle and more. Our meal ends with the priceless Nyangbo chocolate sphere, with it’s gold gilded sorbet. This starred restaurant is worth it’s weight in gold.

Review: China Inc

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Surprise! Surprise! Here’s a brand new month and a half old restaurant in Santacruz and it’s not been reviewed anywhere (neither print nor internet).

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On top of the world

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In IceQ, the worlds highest gourmet restaurant: Chef Gottfried Prantl, Michael Waschl and Angelika Falkner.

Is it possible? Can  gourmet experiences, mountains,  snow, fine Wine, wellness and Skiing all be combined  into one? Here, in this winter-wonderland, in the magnificent Alps anything is possible. Especially in Das Central in Sölden. We go up the mountains to the worlds highest gourmet restaurant for the most amazing food, breakfast at sunrise on the glaciers, taste wines at different altitudes on ski-stations.

Now you know why I’m on top of the world. In more ways that one. Not only am in the highest gourmet restaurant of the world ( perched in the Austrian Alps ), am also in the most unique gourmet food and wine festival on the mountains. And  Also, I have finally got hold of the recipe of my most favorite Austrian dish “Weiner Schnitzel”. I’m in  “Sound of music” country, in Austria’s swish ski resort Solden. Along with pristine, gleaming white snow all around there are lush green trees and rolling pastures, dotted with picturesque houses. It is here that I go up ski gondolas to the worlds highest gourmet restaurant, IceQ.

JAMES BOND WAS HERE

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The interior of the James Bond restaurant IceQ.

IceQ, the gourmet restaurant  where James Bond’s Spectre was shot has been making global waves, since then. Sure, it’s a spectacular architectural glassed in  marvel, almost suspended in the air. But it’s here that the most gourmet of dishes are conjured by the brilliant chef Gottfried Prantl Please take a look at the photograph and you’ll know what I mean.

It’s here that I attend the finale of the  annual (not to be missed) “weinamberg” “wine on the mountains”. We not only taste wine on the snow clad ski slopes ( and savor the difference) but our taste buds are pampered with wines from 15 countries. The hostess, the gracious Angelika Falkner, in the most magnificentDas central,  ensures that the finest of Austrian Alpine cuisine as well as creative Mediterranean and Asian food work magic. And after all the winter sports and wine tasting on the mountains, there is the magnificent Venice inspired “Venezia water world” (saunas and steam and a pool with a Venetian mural and a real gondola too)to relax in. And then there is  the finale of the Mountain gourmet safari with music and wines at different heights  is truly spectacular. This is when we zip up  in the ski lifts to the Ice Q peak restaurant. It’s the  height of gourmet luxury. Even while I’m here, I’m already planning my next trip. Just like  the “Sound of music” chorus I repeat… “These are a few of my favorite things” for sure!

DAS CENTRAL WEINER SCHNITZEL

Since I cannot send you the brilliant sunshine and snow, here’s the recipe of my most favorite Austrian dish “Weiner Schnitzel” generously shared  by the brilliant chef Gottfried Prantl, This typically Austrian dish, is made with veal, but it can very easily be substituted with  chicken. Its simple to make and its delightful to taste.

Ingredients for 4 persons/4 Schnitzel

         4 escalopes of vel around 120 grams each

         Salt and pepper

         2-3 eggs

         50 g flour

         200 g bread crumbs

         300 g dripping or clarified butter

         2 Lemons

Recipe:

The escalopes will need to be pounded until the meat/chicken is around a 1/4 of an inch thick. Make sure to trim the edges of the meat carefully.

Lightly season the escalopes with salt and pepper. You will need three shallow bowls – 1 for the eggs, 1 for flour and 1 for breadcrubs. Dip the escalopes in the flour first, then in the whisked egg and then in the breadcrumbs. Be careful to ensure that the the entire escalope is completely covered with the breadcrumbs. Place the escalopes in a hot frying pan, the oil in the pan should be deep enough that the schnitzel’s float whilst cooking. Cooking time should not be more than 4 minutes for each side.

Remember to serve hot with fresh lemon and potato salad Viennese style!

Review: Kaboom

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Ballard Estate’s intriguingly named, inexpensively priced, takeaway-friendly “Kaboom” has made it impossible for me to follow my own rules of reviewing.

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Bonding with the best

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Ann Scott and Michael Waschl in the James Bond restaurant in the alps.

It’s not just the highest gourmet restaurant of the world ( perched 0ver 3000 meters above sea level ) its also the hottest one. The Ice Q peak restaurant,  where james Bond’s Spectre was shot has been making global waves. It’s a spectacular architectural glassed in  marvel, almost suspended in the air. It’s here that I attend the finale of the “weinamberg” “wine on the mountains”. We not only taste wine on the snow clad ski slopes ( and savor the difference) but our taste buds are pampered with wines from 15 countries. The first dinner  is hosted by the gracious Angelika Falkner, in the most magnificent Das central, in the Ötztal valley, an Eldorado of winter sports and summer activities. Chef Gottfried Prantl  and Chefs from all over the world conjure culinary magic and the  wine cellar houses more than 30,000 bottles of  the finest. The finale of the Mountain goutmet safari with music and wines at different heights  is truly spectacular. This is when we zip up  in the ski lifts to the Ice Q peak restaurant.  Ann Scott  (ranked as Londons 1000 influential individuals and arguably the UKs numero uno luxury hotel and spa PR)  and the ever gallant  Michael Waschl (who helms Das Central)  very sportingly raise a toast with the finest champagne in the freezing, snowy outdoors. It’s the  height of gourmet luxury. It’s getting redefined here!

Review: Sichuan House

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I’m about to sing praises about a restaurant located in Bandra-Kurla’s shopping mall. It’s Chinese, it’s moderately priced and the food is tasty and reliable, just the way we like it.

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Review: Lima

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Mumbai’s first authentic Peruvian restaurant, with grills from Brazil and street cuisine from Mexico. It’s the Peruvian cuisine which shines through.

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Review: Mockingbird Café

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“Heartwarming” that’s the only way I can describe my lunch-experience in this brand new Churchgate café. I love books and the very fact that this brightly lit café is dedicated to books is wonderful enough.

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Review: Ruka

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Ruka is the first Indian outpost of a Japanese restaurant chain from Bahrain.

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