Indonesian month a winner at Teatro - Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi
Leaving south Indonesia, Chef takes me to south Sumatra by serving the Ikan Bumbu Kuning, king fish served with tamarind and tumeric. The sauce is hearty, with sweet and sour elements perfectly balanced. A surprise for me is the bok choy that sits underneath the fish - an unexpected little bit of happiness.
It is interesting that he chose this dish as representative of his mother and hometown for it is also, I believe, the one filled with most heart and soul! While Prosecco would have been a good accompaniment, I opt for a Pinot Noir instead, a beautifully smooth Murphy Goode - an excellent choice, recommended by my server Crisantha.
Next, I opt to skip dessert which is on the normal Teatro menu and instead head to the bar for a digestif. Manish, behind the bar, endeared me to the bar a while ago with the Tokyo downtown, my favourite cocktail at Teatro. Tonight, he is bolder as he creates a smoked Hennessey Cognac based drink, named Silk & spice. The making of the drink lives up to the name Teatro, while its taste lives up to the name of the drink!
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