Are you so much in love with food that it feels like you are in an intimate relationship with it? Do you get these food cravings at anytime in the day? Does the idea of eating at your favorite restaurant feel orgasmic? Are you ready to explore uncharted paths to discover that special dish that will make you go “Yum!”?
If the answer to all the above is a Yes.Welcome you've reached the right place.
Culinary Muse has been living La Dolce Vita or the Good Life lately. It almost
like Fergie singing G.L.A.M.O.U.R.O.U.S in the background! She has dining (and wining)
at Mumbai’s finest places! And the latest to join her list is the celebrity Italian
Restorante at JW Marriott – Mezzo Mezzo.
it’ dim (read: close to nil lighting) and wooden flooring (that went tock tock
with her heals), you’d believe you are on the sets of God Father with the
mysterious music playing in the background et all.
As for the food, here goes Culinary
Citrus & Herb Marinated Alaskan Sea Scallops
Picolli Morsi or as they say Small
bites - We
started with the Citrus & Herb
Marinated Alaskan Sea Scallops – juicy chunks of the fish marinated in this
divine herb and zesty limoncello - tasted just beautiful. The next Proscuitto San Danielle – Shaved Parma
Ham with Warm Buffalo Mozzarella – the rusty saltiness of the parma ham
combined with slightly bland mozrella was amazing. Then was the Pizza Biance Con Rucola – a delicious
pizza sans any tomato sauce just Mozrella and Cream topped with the picante taste of rocket salad – brilliant again (Check out Chefs Corner
for the Recipe & World
Cafe for more about the dish). Not thats what I call exotic yet tasty. Who
would say that Italian food is bland.
Proscuitto San Danielle
Comin, Maitre D'Hotelsuggested we pair
this course with Wine Zardetto Procesco
Brut NV (Rs 700 per glass), a
sparkling wine. Though it had a nice fruity flavour to it, I personally found
the Vini too dry.
Primi Piatti (First Course) – We then moved on to the first course where we had two kinds of
Pasta’s- Rigatoni in tomato based sauce – giant flat pasta in a tomato
consomme with braised egg plant and fresh ricotta – I thought this needed some
more flavour or seasoning to it. The next one was a Giant Shell with Chantralle Mushrooms, Truffle Cream Sauce –
ambroasial flavours of truffle cream cheese with the mildly peppery taste of
the chantrelle mushrooms! However Culinary Muse thought that pasta was a bit
thick and doughy.
– We paired this with Ferragamo Family Estate II (yes Salvatore
Ferragamo) Borro lamelle 2008(Rs 750
per glass). The wine was straw yellow in colour and had an intense floral
and peach taste to it with a hint of vanilla. Brilliant! Now this is the kind of
wine Culinary Muse would love to get high on!
Secondi Piatti - For
the second course we start with Branzino
al Forno in Guazzetto di Marre (thats a mouthful I know)– roasted Sea Bass
Fillet, Clams, Mussels & Shrimps in a sort of white wine broth – I loved
what the white wine did for all the sea food – just enhancing the flavours and
not over powering them. Delectable. The New
Zealand Rack of Lamb, however had some great flavour with perfectly mashed
potatoes but was too rare and it took CM hell of time trying to cut through it.
(almost felt like butchering it all over again). The meat was also quiet chewy
– Again a Ferragamo Family Estate II Borro Pian di Nova
2007(Rs 600 per glass) was a ruby
red in colour.It had this spicy taste to it that didn’t impress CM much!
Dessert – For desert we had the Classic Tiramisu – a bit sweet Italian delicacy – think I had too
much of coffee powder on mine, the Mango
Tiramisu however added different dimension, quite a welcoming one I would
say. But a must have dessert was the Calzone
- kanranji shaped bread filled with Nutella – one bite into it and you know
what paradise would taste like!
Ambience: The God Father with music et all
A 4 course meal without Vini (Wine) at Mezzo
Mezzo would cost Rs 2500 aprox plus taxes
Quicktip: To get a taste of authentic Italian
supper Mezzo Mezzo is the place. Culinary Muse would it rank amongst the top three
places in Mumbai where you could get a fix of Italian khaana. Do try the seafood there, the scallops are to