A few weeks ago, I was invited by my super talented food blogger friend, Nikhil Merchant, the Nonchalant Gourmand and The Trident to a lunch at their Modern Italian restaurant, Botticino. I’ve spent all this time thinking about that perfectly orchestrated afternoon and wondering if I’m missing something—but as it turns out, this is going to probably be the only restaurant review so far on My Jhola that is singularly appreciative. I can’t help it—it was perfect. Everything was perfect.

We started off with a Prosecco-laced tour of the fabulous restaurant where the F&B Manager, Prateek Kackar showed off the pride and joy of the restaurant—the grappa and the beautiful glassware, some choice cognacs and the elegantly designed seating areas.

This was followed by a tour of the kitchen by Chef Vichare and his team. We were also privileged to attend a specially designed ravioli making class by Chef Vichare. Don’t you just love how the pasta rolls out?

And here are a few of the pastas that are made every two-three days in the Botticino kitchen. No pasta served here is more than three days old!

The meal itself was absolutely delectable. I don’t think there was one thing on the table that I had any complaints about. Right from the ciabatta that is baked in-house to the silken pasta and the clean, fresh flavors throughout our meal, every bite was a journey into sunny Italy.

Amuse Bouche of Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil salt. Fresh and beautiful.

Pear and Pecorino Salad with Arugula, Candied Walnuts and Balsamic Dressing. I could have eaten this for main course as well! I loved the marriage of flavors here.

Pan fried Tuscan Goose liver with potatoes and a wine sauce. Unimaginably flavorful. You have to try this!

The star of the show: Chili and Fennel crusted Snapper in an Orange sauce. It was warm, fresh, and delectable, all at once!

 

The vegetarian main: Roasted vegetable canneloni with scarmoza cheese. This was so good, the non vegetarians wanted it too!

Homemade ice creams: Stracciatella, Salted caramel, and lemon cheesecake. I liked the lemon cheesecake the best followed close by the salted caramel. So creamy and luscious–perfect summer desserts!

 The service was impeccable. The staff knew exactly what they were serving–which is so rare these days. CHef Vichare was nice enough to make us non-vegetarians a small portion of the cannelloni all over again just so we could taste it. It was the kind of meal you have very leisurely, on a sunny day indoors, with some good wine and a whole lot of chit chat.

If you like a nice Italian lunch, make that trip to Trident, Bandra Kurla Complex and dine at the Botticino—you will bless me. And don’t forget to lace your coffee with a spray of grappa.