Aqua for Italian - Rosewood Hotel, Abu Dhabi
|The allure of bubbles can never be denied.|
|The picture shows the smoothness of the pumpkin soup.|
In anticipation of my final dish, I ask Olena to switch from the Veuve Cliquot to a red. Just my luck. The red that catches my eye is a 2012 Joseph Drouhin Laforet Bourgogne Pinot Noir. I had the pleasure a month or so ago of attendinga wine dinner in the city where the exporter for Joseph Drouhin shared her insights. Not being a Pinot Noir man, I was surprised by the depth of this one. From the label: About the Pinot Noir, born in Burgundy, we created this wine like a perfume: with elegance and fruitiness in the Chalonnais, depth from the Cote d'Or. Within are red fruit aromas: raspberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants. I love the subtle spiciness of the mouth, its soft tannins and silky texture! It's attractive and well-bred, but doesn't take itself too seriously. An excellent choice.
The Slow braised Wagyu short ribs, is so simple and has an element of homeliness to it. The carrots are perfectly par cooked, so they have a crunchiness about them. The braised wagyu is tender and I bite into it without effort. It is bathed in polenta foam, cornmeal that is boiled resulting in a smooth consistency, almost porridge-like. A thoroughly enjoyable dish and marvellously paired with the Pinot Noir.
My dessert is all about the ice cream. Everything else on the plate, and I hope chef forgives me for this, moves to the background. Why? The ice cream. Truffle ice cream. I think the idea of a vegetable flavoured ice cream is foreign and indeed strange because of the brain. The brain cannot get around this. But thanks to time spent in the Far East, nothing surprises me when it comes to ice cream. My love affair with left-of-centre ice creams started on a Singapore Airlines flight from Taipei to Singapore. Chef gets the amounts just right. It is more than just a hint of truffles in the ice cream, but at the same time not too much. It makes you wish it is truffle season for a longer time.
02 813 5550
Anti-pasti 65-80 Dhs
Soup 50-60 Dhs
Pasta 60-80 Dhs
Dessert 40 dhs
( Risotto and Meat dishes also on the menu)