France and Italy are countries of massive diversity – in dialects, topography and of-course food. Choosing between French and Italian cuisines can be a serious task with all the delectable dishes that these cuisines have to offer. For instance, we have pizza, pasta and the rich & filing risotto on Italian side while boeuf bourguignon, ratatouille and chocolate soufflé on the French.
To make the choices easier, the master chefs at Tuscany, Trident are all set to present an unprecedented Rome meets Paris promotional menu where one can indulge in an array of exotic dishes from French and Italian cuisines. Was happy to have been invited for a media preview to experience the enchantment of what happens when Rome meets Paris where Executive Sous Chef Prafull Aina spelled magic with each of the French and Italian dishes of every course.
Started off with Tuscan styled Panzanella – a salad preparation of chunks of soaked stale bread and tomatoes with olive and vinegar dressing which was quite fresh and summery, but still hearty enough. Next up was the classic French Salad Nicoise a perfect composition of tomatoes, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, olives and anchovies with vinaigrette dressing that was full of flavor and texture.
The salads were followed by the hearty Chilled Vichyssoise – a creamy potato and leek soup with freshly ground pepper. This was the finest of all cold soups that I’ve had till date and a definite recommendation. The Tuscan styled Ribollita which followed next was full of pancetta, beans & vegetables – a hearty potage in itself.
The classic Provencal Ratatouille was the first of the mains. I like my ratatouille to be fresh-tasting and crunchy and not soft & stew-y, the one served here was exactly how I’d want it to be. The traditional French treats continued to follow, Coq au vin – chicken braised with wine, lardon, herbs, pearl onion and mushroom emerged exceptionally moist and tender. A one pot meal in itself which was just too good. Lamb navarin that followed next was the perfect example of slow cooking – meltingly tender and wonderfully flavored, it was indeed my kind of comfort food for the rainy evening.
While you’re there at Tuscany, you should take a quick glance at the dessert section – it’s a true testament to the incredible way that four simple ingredients – flour, butter sugar and eggs can come together to create some exciting delights. Cassata – a Sicilian dessert layered with candied fruit, nuts & strawberry ice cream covered with almond marzipan and Paris brest – a classic French dessert of choux pastry and a praline flavored cream & exotic fruits summed up an experience that i’d remember for a long time.
For those who favor one cuisine over the other – there’s a real preference. If all you know about Italian food is pasta & pizza and about French – fries and toast, I think Rome meets Paris promotion with its finesse and flavor is just for you.
Thumbs up for this one !
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Disclaimer: I was invited by Trident Hyderabad to review the Rome meets Paris food promotion at Tuscany, the opinions expressed in the review are Honest & Unbiased.