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An exotic truffle treat
Pranjali Bhonde | Thursday, 16 February 2017 AT 08:34 PM IST
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Winter Truffle Festival at La Terrazza Hyatt Regency Pune gives you a chance to try and appreciate this mysterious and coveted subterranean fungi that enhances flavours.


La Terrazza at Hyatt Regency Pune, Nagar Road, is running a fortnight long Winter Truffle Festival where Chef Anirban Dasgupta takes you on a gastronomic journey to Italy and promises a unique and memorable dining experience. The festival is being organised in collaboration with India’s gourmet guru Karen Anand and Italian truffle specialist Silvia Landucci.
A truffle is a rare and expensive ingredient found in most parts of Italy and France. Their musky scent is said to release select pheromones and even boost potency. So it would be a good idea to stop by and bite into these truffle dishes this Valentine week.

We started with an antipasti consisting of white asparagus, truffle foam and poached pears. The thin slice of cheese shavings elevated the flavours of the dish. If one were to describe the appetiser, it would be ‘fresh and succulent’. This indeed was a very delicious opening to the evening! 

The future courses followed like music —  well orchestrated with the chef at the helm. The zuppa (the soup), the primi piatti (the first course) and the piatti principale (the main course) followed and we dug into them  with gusto.

Roasted Pumpkin Cappuccino zuppa with truffle oil and burnt chicken was a true surprise. Not only was it difficult to fathom that a pumpkin soup could taste so delicious but the froth on this ‘cappuccino’ surely had our heart on it with love written all over.
While there were many options for the primi piatti and the piatti principale, we preferred to try the Roasted Chicken Risotto and the Poached Red Snapper.

Giving us an insight into the world of truffles, Landucci, who has been flown in from Tuscany, said that there are five types and the black winter truffle is most expensive. It is rightly called the ‘black diamond’ — so precious and big on flavours. Because we found it difficult to fathom how this truffle actually looked, she called for a black truffle, shaved a slice and asked us to try and look for the sweet taste at the back of our taste buds.

Next, came the Risotto which was beautifully executed with lemon, chilli, mascarpone, white truffle and roasted chicken. It was the most creamy, mind-numbing Risotto we’ve ever had. But there were more surprises in store!

The moment our main course — Poached Red Snapper — arrived, it was nothing short of foodgasm. The yellow and green zucchini slices and the red snapper above garnished with micro greens was blissful. Before we were done taking in the beauty, the chef recommended we try the dish and look for the taste of the black truffle. The brandy butter sauce had a mild kick to it.

The zucchini paired with the red snapper made this dish absolutely outstanding. It was a perfect harmony of flavours and nothing overpowered the other. The main course definitely blew us away and we immediately decided to come back for  more.

The dolce (the desserts) was yet another interesting part of our truffle journey. Tiramisu Nostrano and the Sicilian Cannoli were the highlights of the night. The Tiramisu had an interesting twist to it, with lots of chocolate layered on top of the Tiramisu. The strawberry sauce on the side with truffle honey provided the much needed punch.

Sicilian Cannoli with truffle cream was a gooey cheesy dessert that quickly won us over. After one bite it was hard to put the spoon down. The restaurant serves unpretentious authentic Italian cuisine and promises a sophisticated evening out. So if you are looking for the wow factor, here’s where you should stop.
 

STREET FOOD FIESTA
Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan, February 20-24, 12.30-3.30 pm
Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan recreates the charm of Mumbai’s street food at the Hindustani Mohalla festival. To be precise, it brings to you all the delectable flavours of street food of Mohammad Ali Road. While the area has a variety of legendary restaurants, street food is the true star. Experience the same food and taste at Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan during the food festival. Take your pick from Shammi Kebab, Galouti Kebab, Mutton Biryani, Afghani Pulao, Paneer Pista Korma and many more. The food festival will be incomplete without authentic desserts like Balushahi, Jalebi, Halwa, Makkan Peda. Enjoy all this and more. Rich, delicious, mouthwatering — there is no single way to describe the gastronomic experience the street affords, and it is all here for you to explore!  


HAPPINESS ON A PLATTER
Ten Café, The Fern Residency, MIDC, till February 28, 12.30-3 pm
Ten Café at The Fern Residency is hosting a ‘Happy Buffet’ treat through February. Buy two, and get one free buffet. Some of the lip-smacking dishes on the platter are Murgh Wajidali, Gosht Nazakat, Rawal Pindi Murgh, Kashmiri Haaq, Subz Gulastan Handi, Bhojpuri Aloo Dum, Subnnami Noor and so on.







SOUTH INDIAN TADKA

Southindies, Ganeshkind Road, Shivajinagar, till February 28, lunch, 12 noon to 3.30 pm and dinner 7-11 pm
Southindies is hosting the Sakkath Spice Maga — Buffet Unlimited Food Festival at their restaurant on Ganeshkhind Road. This one-of-a-kind food festival dedicated for vegetarian food lovers is an approach to bring the best of South Indian food through the South Indian spice route, along with modern Indian fusion approach in an unlimited buffet format. Covering all the regions of South India, the festival focuses on vegetarian specialities from all four South Indian states. Some of the lip-smacking dishes on the platter are Vazhakkai Porichattu, Murunga Ellai Kuzhipaniyaram, Kanchipuram Vadai Curry,  Nizami Angoori Paneer Curry and so on.

ST READER SERVICE
The Winter Truffle Festival is being held at Hyatt Regency Pune, Nagar Road till February 26, during lunch and dinner.
 
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