They say ‘Cooking is love made visible’ and love that’s platter served at Le Meridien’s Italian fine-dine, Bella Cucina, the open glass-enfolded kitchen, is rather enormous to soak up. With a customized Molteni incorporated in the kitchen, the restaurant smugly boasts of the exemplar of ancient craftsmanship. The immaculate sandstone & travertine marble finish ambiance, opulent chandeliers, classy décor, private alluring dining corners (3 PDRs) and pop upholstery reverberates the classic playfulness Italy is known for.
As I entered the much awaited restaurant, I was greeted by the gracious Anadita Singh, PR & Marketing Head for the hotel. Taking my seat next to hers, I savored the most luscious sauvignon – the Chilean San Medin. Yes, it is an authentic Italian dine-in but under the expertise of Executive Chef Suprabath Roy, Sous Chef, Amit Kumar is taking an open hand to give us his variations, a twisted tale of the cliché – much cherished and lauded. I loved the Mushroom Cappuccino served with porcini brioche topped with olive dust. The soup that amalgamated exotic mushrooms was rich, creamy and he froth remained longer than I’d perceived. What a fantastic start to the culinary voyage!
• Next what I loved was the Smoked Chicken and cucumber salad – if looks could placate, this was a whole meal. The chicken was appetizingly smoked and tossed with refreshing flavor of cucumber – quite a unique nuptial.
•The Risotto takes the award for the best risotto in the city, no doubts – deliciously cooked with aroma and flavor entrancing the palette. Win win!
• Very close to the risotto came the Sea Bass – the skin was crisp and the insides were mushy and succulent – so tender, I could have this as formula dinner every day. Must try!
• They handcraft their pizzas in their oven with delicacy – must try the gorgeous thin-crust wonders.
• We ended on sweet notes as always – and entourage of yumm sweet dishes – from Tiramisu to gorgeously decorated ice-creams and my favorite – the tangy lemon cheesecake (Chef Amit’s version with extra smack).
Bella Cucina promises a night you’d be one with best of Italian Cuisine, and luxuriate in its culture and appeal.
Where: Bella Cucina, Le Meridien, Sector 26, MG Road, Gurgaon-Delhi border