Friday, September 14, 2012

London, England - The Bulgari Hotel London

My friend surprised me and flew in from the Bahamas for less than 15 hours yesterday. He had his driver pick me up and whisk me off to the new Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge for dinner. The hotel is filled with marble and lots of silver (Bulgari started out as a silversmith way back when) as well as lacquered mahogany wood walls that give an element of being on a yacht. We descended a dramatic staircase to our table at their Il Ristorante Italian restaurant for our meal. 

I started with one of their signature dishes: Delicate "Val Di Gorbio" Zucchini Cream, Ricotta Ravioli, Burrata and Crispy Bread:

Meanwhile, my friend chose the Bresaola by Salumificio Pennigotti:

For mains we tried another of their signature dishes: Mediterranean sea bass, taggiasca olives, minestrone vegetables and basil:

Along with the Herb crusted cod fillet and caponata:

For dessert we ordered the Tiramisu for two (though we have both had better and we found it too watery): 

We opted away from wine and instead stuck with bubbles all evening in the form of Moet & Chandon Rosé Champagne ... 

A nice after dinner treat offered by the house was the dessert called Sbrisolona, which is a crumbly tart Italian peasants used to make by mixing cornmeal, hazelnuts and lard, instead of butter. It is usually broken with the hands or with a small hammer. Find the recipe here.

As a parting gift, we received a bag of Italian cookies known as "brutti ma buoni" or "ugly but good," which almost have a meringue-like texture and are mixed with various ground nuts. You can find Mario Batali's recipe for these cookies here

What I'm Wearing: Dress, Milly (similar here). Cardigan, Zara.
Versailles patent leather bow pumps, Valentino Garavani (similar here).
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