“Kimi o ai shiteru”
“I love you”
How about saying it the way Italians do, “Ti amo”, at Tosca this Valentine’s Day? The gorgeous poolside view and Trattoria-feel set the mood right, and my table was adorned with red rose petals. Even champagne glasses had heart-shaped designs made with coloured sugar. It was a romantic gesture sure to please the ladies.
Dinner started with an Antipasti platter comprising sea scallop carpaccio with Avruga caviar and pepper crusted bluefin tuna with mango salsa. The scallop was sweet, plump and tender; I was told they were imported from Japan, hence the sweeter taste.
The thin slices of tuna were meaty with a fruity flavour from the salsa — a refreshing contrast to the rich scallops.
I’m not a fan of clear soups, but I enjoyed the foie gras parcel with duck rilette and morel in roasted duck consommé. It’s the foie gras, I reckon. Packed with fat and cholesterol, every bite was a little bit of sin. The consommé although light, was fully flavoured.
It’s usually the girl who orders the fish, and the guy who takes the beef. In my case, I do the opposite. For this review, we were given both the fish and beef to try.
Between the two, I liked the braised beef short ribs better. The boneless ribs were succulent and fork-tender. Like foie gras, I love casino uk almost anything with truffle, including this truffle polenta. Good thing it was a small portion, as the polenta got a bit too rich towards the end.
Norwegian salmon with squid ink pasta, green pea puree and salmon roe didn’t rock my boat. Personal preference, as I like my fish perfectly grilled on one side and 70% done on the other to retain moisture. This salmon was well-done with crispy skin and a slightly crusted exterior. Better was the squid ink pasta, al dente and subtly flavoured by the roe.
Dessert was a delectable hazelnut & chocolate tart with a side of raspberry sorbet, sesame croustillant and chocolate soil. This boasted a good balance of sweet, tangy, buttery and bitter flavours. I find chocolate desserts incredibly sexy, especially when I eat them with the right company.
Executive chef Eric Siew joined us later on for a drink, while I indulged in chocolate truffles and coffee. Most of them were stuffed, so I greedily finished a small platter myself. I won’t apologise for anything, as they were good chocolate truffles!
Thank you Suji of Edelman for the invite, and Doubletree for being such a gracious host.
*Tosca’s 5-Course Valentine’s Dinner is priced at RM280 per couple inclusive of a glass of Prosecco each and a special gift for the lady. For reservations, call 03-2172 7614 or make your reservations online via www.tosca.com.my
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