Friday, March 6, 2015

A very good ossobucco and an excellent tiramisu at the Paparazzi Italian restaurant of the EDSA Shangri-la.

Ossobucco for lunch at Paparazzi today

Today in Manila, living a #Travelife, I did a hop and a skip from my neck of the woods to the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel, to have a long and lazy Friday lunch with a friend at the hotel's Paparazzi Italian restaurant.



This was supposed to be a catch-up lunch, but it was way more than that.

It was a veritable feast with two bellinis each to accompany it, making the weekend seem a whole lot nearer.

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ANXIOUSLY ANTICIPATING

I was quite hungry today as I skipped breakfast, so I was quite prepared to order the works.

Fortunately, the restaurant's executive chef saved me the trouble of any decision making. When he came out to greet us, he also asked: "What would you like to have? Or would you like to leave it to me?"

O-MAKASE, ITALIAN STYLE



I can never resist it, when a chef says "leave everything to me," so I agreed to do so, on the condition that he make me a very nice pasta for an appetizer, a meat for a main course, and something with chocolate for dessert.

In other words, it was a complete calorie overload.

Of course, I conveniently decided to forget just for a moment. 

TWO BIG MEALS TODAY



I had a barbecue dinner tonight as well, and a Chinese lauriat for lunch and an Austro-Hungarian gastronomic dinner -- yes, you read right -- tomorrow.

So I really should have tempered my orders.

EVERYTHING'S PRETTY GOOD


But, for some reason, I just felt like having a drink and actually eating a lot.

The chef made me a very nice ravioli with buffalo mozzarella to start.

This is supposed to be a signature dish at Paparazzi and rightly so, as it was delicious. Amazingly, I'd never had it, so I was very pleased to eat it as a starter today.


THE CHEF MAKES A SPECIAL LUNCH


In fact, the chef had offered to make me just a little bit of pasta, as a taster, because he assumed having a pasta to start and a meat dish as a main would be quite a lot of food.

But I certainly corrected him on that one. In fact, I said: "Nope, I want the whole portion. I'm hungry."


A GREAT OSSO BUCCO



Then for the main course, he made us an osso bucco, which was really excellent.

I'm not really an so bucco fan, in general, as I find that the meat is more often too tough unless it's chosen very well so that it has enough fat and ligaments to be tasty.

There's really nothing worse than an osso bucco made with lean meat -- at least, as far as taste is concerned.

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WHAT A GREAT IDEA

The chef did a very nice thing.

He cut all the meat away from the bone so we didn't have to exert any efforts in this regard anymore. And then he laid everything nicely on a bed of risotto so that it was really a meat and rice dish.

Then, he mixed the fat and the bone marrow with the rice for a very tasty meal.

Oh my goodness.

SWEETS FOR THE SWEET



As for dessert, this was also a very nice surprise.

I had my chocolate in the form of a molten lava cake, and then he added two desserts which I truly usually never eat because they're just not my type of sweets.

He made a fresh batch of tiramisu and then served also a pistachio-flavored cassata.

ENJOYING TWO DESSERTS
I DON'T USUALLY LIKE


Wow. These were so good.

And it's a testament to his skill that I ate every single thing, and I even wiped the tiramisu clean. I don't like tiramisu at all, so it's a very big deal that I finished everything today.

THE CONVERSATION'S JUST AS GOOD

As for the conversation, it started out with the usual catch-ups. 

But what a difference two Bellinis each can make, in a never-endingly eventful #Travelife.

It was 3 PM when we stood up to leave, and we ended the long lunch talking intensely about a topic I promised not to write about, on just another wonderful Friday in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.

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