Dear fellow tasters,
I apologize for the delay in publishing posts. It’s either me doing my freelance job or me procrastinating in doing the write-ups. Pardon my laziness. Nevertheless, from my December Jakarta visit, there are still three more belated posts coming up, including this one from dinner with foodie friends at Toscana, no not as in Tuscany Italy, but an Italian restaurant in Kemang. Then, there are those blog post materials from my recent March food hopping in Bali. So, just bear with me, okay! *grin*
Toscana is one of those places that I often pass by but never get the chance to try, so based on recommendation by a friend, my friends and I arranged for a somewhat late Christmas dinner there. Toscana is also one of those places that exude romantic ambiance, one that I definitely would choose for a candlelight dinner date with someone special. The dim yellowish lighting, the twinkling Christmas tree, the white linen table cloths and napkins, the red rose centerpieces, the squeaky clean wine glasses. Ah, it’s not Tuscany yet, but with some imagination it just might be.
Now for the food, to start with we shared the Guazzetto di Vongole, fresh clams cooked in white wine and cherry tomato, and the Salami e Olive pizza with tomato, mozzarella, salami beef, salami pepperoni and black olive toppings. Both were quite delicious. I also had a taste of the delectable Zuppa di Funghi or mushroom soup, which a friend ordered.
For the main course, each of us chose a different dish from the primi piatti menu but as foodies we ended up taking turn snapping photos and stealing a spoonful or two from one another’s plates. We all enjoyed the pasta selection: Spaghetti Amalfi – spaghetti with shrimp cooked with tomato, cream and pesto sauce, Spaghetti alla Livornese – spaghetti with baby squid and Japanese tuna cooked in olive oil, garlic and chili, topped with toasted bread crumb and dry tomato, and Ravioloni alla Toscana – ravioli with lamb, veal and porcini mushrooms filling cooked in tomato, red wine and cream sauce topped with mozzarella cheese. However, the highlight of the night was the truly delightful Risotto al Funghi Porcini, Italian rice with seasonal Indonesian truffle and porcini mushroom cooked with cream and parmigiano reggiano.
We ended the evening with the gorgeous-looking Panna Cotta con More e Lamponi, Italian cream pudding served with seasonal black berry and raspberry sauce. Although, my only complaint for the panna cotta was that it wasn’t as jiggly as I prefer it to be. Also, to lighten up the night, a friend kindly brought a bottle of Barons de Rothschild Réserve Spéciale 2010 white wine. Surprisingly, Toscana did not charge corkage fee for the first two bottles of BYO wine. I’d say, great service, four thumbs up, Toscana!
All in all, it was a fun Italian night with non-Italian friends. We already made plans to revisit Toscana for an upcoming celebration. Surely, we’ll bring a bottle or two wines along with a promise to try other dishes we haven’t yet to taste.
PS: Most photography done by Anthony Lee, do visit his Instagram antzl33!
The taster’s notes:
Favorite dish – vongole, risotto
What to try next time – eager to try anything on the menu
Damage – 609k for all (five pax)
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