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Review: Rossini’s, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit

Reviewed by Chhavi Doonga

Sheraton Grande

Located in the majestic Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Rossini’s is a Tuscany themed Italian restaurant that is ideal to elope from the chaos of the streets of Bangkok. This is not a stop-over you make by chance. It is a planned visit for conversations reserved in advance. During my visit, I was served by Roonghthip, an ever-smiling host who explained that the restaurant, opened in 1996, has its major contributions by Michelin starred Chef Alfredo Russo. It is now headed by Chef Luca Cesarini, who brings in the North Italian influence in the cuisine. As I heard about the hosts of awards it has received year after year, I took a deep breath in high expectations and I cannot say that I was disappointed.

Rossini’s offers a variety of menus ranging from business lunches, vegetarian menu and a Sunday brunch menu. Their best picks, however, are in the a la carte menu and the chef specials. Their range of signature breads echo the overall quality of the restaurant and are served along with a particularly flavorsome eggplant paste. The chef recommendations include seared scallops, beef tartare and deep water snow fish.

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I kicked off with the Russian Salad, which was a mix of mashed potato, tuna and sour cream. The three distinct flavors melt in your mouth and blend well to create a refreshing taste. For starters I ordered Grilled Mediterranean Octopus, Polenta, Salsa Verde; this grilled octopus has a mellow taste and is a perfect mix of chewy and crispy. I especially recommend this for any first timers trying an octopus as this small dish is filled with so many different flavors that it will appeal to any kind of palette. The Deep Water Snow Fish has a delightful smoked flavor, its hard outer layer, surprises you with a melting core. Its buttery surface goes well with the tangy tomato flavor and crunchy mint leaves.

Being true to its Italian essence, Rossini’s boasts of a Primo Vino series with a range of premium and vintage wines. At Rossini’s, your glass of wine is serious business and the servers are trained to suggest what goes best with the dish you are ordering; or the other way around if you really want to do justice to the wines being offered here. I was served Ata Rangi-Sauvignon Blanc 2012, which is a rich wine with a woody texture that is complemented by a fruity flavor. For dessert I recommend crème brulee, a dessert which is ideal for people who don’t like their dessert to be too sweet. The lemon sorbet with the brulee provides a wild tinge to an otherwise mild flavor.

Overall, Rossini’s is a delightfully subtle experience in the midst of the luxury of Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. A warm wooden ambience with the touch of rural Tuscany is brought out in details like a charming chimney, which only enflames in the dim-lit ambience. The place is ideal for intimate candle lit conversations but the many partitioned dining areas also make it ideal for business meetings. Come here with some time on your hand, sit back and enjoy.

Rossini’s
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
250 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand
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What is a Melanzane Parmigiana?

Hard to pronounce? Not to worry, you will enjoy eating it though.

Image: cucina.ilbloggatore.com
Image: cucina.ilbloggatore.com

Melanzane alla parmigiana is a Sicilian dish and a popular picnic food in Italy. If you are bored of pizzas, this is a hearty and delicious alternative. The dish stars melanzana, Italian for eggplant (Baingan in Hindi), which is fried and combined with tomato sauce, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese and basil leaves. If you are watching your weight, ask for your eggplant to be grilled instead of fried.

Melanzane parmigiana is full of protein, calcium and other vital nutrients. It is light so can be eaten as dinner with red wine, preferably Chianti.

Find the recipe here

 

Italian Tonight? Here’s How to Eat Light.

Bread sticks or bruschetta? Alfredo or marinara? Affogato or gelato? Dining out at a luscious Italian eatery can pose some agonising conundrums. Shubhra Krishan suggests smart ways to get all the flavour without the fat:

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  • Don’t stuff yourself on the bread or breadsticks. Munch on bruschetta instead—the fresh tomatoes on it are loaded with vitamins and minerals, the extra virgin olive oil and basil are wonderful antioxidants, the calorie count is low (approx 80 cal a slice).
  • Don’t skip the insalata. Italian salads can be incredibly flavorful, provided you are careful to avoid creamy (read fattening) dressings.
  • Enjoy Minestrone soup—it is wonderfully satisfying and abounds in health-giving veggies and beans. A 200 gm bowl of minestrone contains just about 200 calories, so yes, soup’s on!
  • Balsamic roasted or grilled vegetables are not only delicious but light and nutritious. A full cup contains only 100 healthy calories! In fact, most dishes cooked in olive oil instead of butter are beneficial for you.
  • Choose a light and nourishing tomato based sauce over alfredo, which combines butter, cheese and cream. Marinara is fresh and delicious, too. Psst: Just 1/4 cup of alfredo sauce contains 90 fat calories! Compare this with 100 gm of marinara, which has only 1.5 gm of fat cals!
  • Keep the pasta light. Nothing quite beats the flavour of Aglio Olio pasta which is tossed in olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs. Low in calories and full of nutrients.
  • Have cheese on your pizza, but ask them to use less of it or reduced-fat variety. If that isn’t an option, simply share with a friend.
  • A gelato or sorbet is perfect for the sweet touch you crave. Dense, creamy and delicious, gelatos have half the calories of ice-cream. And guess what: they contain high levels of protein, vitamin B, calcium and phosphorus; making them a health friendly food!

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