A tasting of a new Table d Hote menu

(No.2, Vol.4, Mar-April 2014 Vietnam Heritage Magazine,Advertorial)

For some time now, I have been aware that the Windsor Plaza Hotel has a team of formidable chefs. I have dined in their Cantonese restaurant and can attest they treat one of the world’s greatest cuisines with the excellence it is due. My taste buds have revealed to me that the team is capable of providing just about any dish from East or West. But are they capable of surprising one with something new? As luck would have it, I was invited the other evening to try out a new menu devised by Italian chefs Giovanni and Fabrizio.
The venue on the twentieth fifth floor was spectacular. There is a beautiful Italianate garden with greenery on pergolas and a classical rotunda. But dinner was set in the indoor dining area. With high glass windows, there were great views of Saigon by night below us.
Originality came from the word go as the bread was accompanied by chickpea oil. It was the first time I had seen such a beautifully decorated plate; with glazes and a squiggle of balsamic reduction it was a white square on a translucent slab of onyx. Onto this soon was placed the appetizers. They comprised a mixed salad of baby lettuce, beetroot and cherry tomato and asparagus fritto misto, a savoury lobster and crab cake and Vietnamese beef rolls wrapped in lot leaves.
There was a pastry looking like a Yorkshire pudding. Only upon cracking open the soft surface did I find the gorgeous minestrone. Next was a pasta dish-the V-Tortellini. This came with pumpkin, stewed cabbage, truffle oil and parmesan sauce. At last came the main course, which was grilled salmon in banana leaf with mixed greens, courgettes and fresh ginger. Dessert had to be that Italian layered cake delight known as ‘tiramisu’.
He who is tired of dining at the Windsor Plaza would need to be tired of life. There is always something new. This meal left me with a very happy stomach and impressed at how the chefs mix some of the best ideas from two the great cuisines of Italy and Vietnam.

Windsor Plaza Hotel
18 An Duong Vuong St, Dist.5,
Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (08) 3833-6688

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