Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Two-Michelin star guest chef Antonio Genovese @ LaBrezza

As Missy tapped her feet in the LaBrezza, Red-Waterbottle was running late because of the rain they seemed to be getting.  There seemed to be the practice of no bread will be served, till an order is placed.  Surely customers, who had walked in, would not walked out without ordering something.  The staff kept walking around; Missy was getting a bit hungry.   Decided to order for Red-Waterbottle, since it was informed that they would be only serving set lunch from the visiting two-Michelin star guest chef.  Missy had wanted to try something from the regular menu. When Red-waterbottle walked in with reports of heavy traffic all the way there, a breadbasket with olive pesto was served.  Might be hunger, the olive pesto with bread tasted great. 

Frist plate was Fried smoked amberjack, rolled courgettes, Jasmine-infused sake and citrus tea.  Missy didn’t like it.  The fried smoked amberjack was like any other fish fillet from any fish and chip store found in Singapore (most fish and chip stores in Singapore ain’t good, in Missy’s opinion).  As for the rolled courgettes, jasmine-infused sake and citrus… definitely would be better off forgotten.  

The dish of potato ravioli dumplings with Nduja salami, figs was a total waste of time.  The only purpose it had served was for Missy and Red-waterbottle to rehash their experience of the “Samosa maker” (courtesy of Mr. Red-Waterbottle). Ravioli dumplings, they were not.  Missy just had 2 or 3 and returned the rest of the horrible-left-out-too-long samosas.  And that’s when the Zeus act started.   For the past 2 months (yes… this is two months later since Red-waterbottle and Missy went), every time Indian food, potato, samosa, or anything that will remind Red-waterbottle, he will go on and on and on about the potato ravioli dumplings they had. 

The main course was veal entrecote seared in vanilla oil, champignon mushrooms, and cannellini beans cream.  Missy felt the veal was cooked too long for her liking; she just couldn’t finish the meat.  Unlike the slab of meat, Missy loved the mushrooms.  Mushroom is an ingredient, which only Missy would screw up.  Yes, Missy screwed up a mushroom soup! * Sobs * Missy guessed chef Zeus (aka Two-Michelin star guest chef Antonio Genovese) would be happy to know.

The refresher was definitely a break in the bad food movements.  Watermelon granita with mint, vodka gelee was a combination of both good and bad.  Missy didn’t like the vodka gelee, even with the nice watermelon granite with mint.  The alcoholic taste was slightly too overpowering for Missy.

Hot semolina cake with pinenuts, Honey ice cream with clementine orange and rosemary was the desert.  Missy did like the honey ice cream, and that was it.

On the whole, the whole meal was absolutely not worth their money and time.  Red-waterbottle didn’t like the meal, nor did Missy.  The service was lousy.   Instead maybe even trying to satisfy Missy with a dish from their regular menu, they decided to do it for another table instead.

Two-Michelin star guest chef Antonio Genovese of Il Pagliaccio reminded Missy of Zeus.   “It was believed that if someone, or a civilization did something the Gods disapproved of, the Gods would smite them, bringing destruction and despair to the afflicted” (quoted from http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_was_Zeus'_power#ixzz1hisuGVr8 ).  Luckily for Missy, chef Antonio doesn’t have Zeus’s power.   A “human Zeus” staring at Missy’s back and hoping to burn a hole in her, ain’t going to improve whatever rubbish she was served.  

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