Remember Prathna & Alejandro?
This gorgeous couple recently took full advantage of a cool foodie affair hosted by Pappagallo Restaurant in West Bay. Prathna thought it was definitely worth a write up on The Deep Dish so she’s guest posting today for me! I’ve got the best. friends. ever.
So, since getting married and having the honeymoon of a lifetime in Bostwana, my fabulous husband and I have caught the travel bug and we’ve got it bad. Yes we live in paradise and its gorgeous here, but it’s also small and home to the virus known as ‘Rock Fever.’ The only cure is to get away.
We’ve been fortunate enough to go to Costa Rica, London and New York but sadly we’re still suffering from Rock Fever. Luckily, restaurant Pappagallo announced that they were doing a weekend special for the next few months titled ‘Around the world in 80 days.’ They would be creating menus that follow the journey of the famous tale and so providing a variety of cuisine from around the world.
Very suitably, the weekend we were able to go to celebrate our anniversary was ‘Bombay to Calcutta.’ I was SO excited. SO excited.
Pappagallo is Alejandro’s favourite restaurant on Grand Cayman. Its location is nothing short of breath taking.
We arrived to the usual attentive staff and welcome which included the world’s largest bread basket and even some brushetta. All complimentary. All delicious.
The special started with a Cardaman Martini, it was perfection. Not too strong, not too sweet and lovely taste of India, we both loved it!
The appetiser was red curry beef tart with curry consume and lobster dumplings. Wow. My husband LOVED the beef tart, it was his favourite part of the entire meal in fact. I am a pescatarian and so I stuck to the lobster dumplings, which were a little too greasy and bland for my spice loving palette, but inoffensive nonetheless.
The second course for me was Bengali fish curry. The saag paneer and pototo accompaniment was out of this world, so tasty, perfect flavours and so true to a traditional Indian dish. Very authentic. The fish was fresh, but a little lacking in flavour.
Alejandro on the other hand had the lamb. Now, my husband is a great chef and loves food, which makes him very critical. He felt that the meal was ‘too robust,’ too many flavours that collided. His Caribbean palate and my Indian one often disagree on this. Indian meals have a spicy curry, some tasty sides, hot spicy rice. Caribbean food tends to have one WOW factor on the plate and then a selection of more subtle sides. Of course we are both true to our respective origins and can never agree on what is best. OF COURSE IT’S INDIAN.
The poppadoms and onion chutney were a great accompaniment – SO MUCH FOOD. And after the bread and brushetta we were really starting to feel it now. But of course, we carried on.
Dessert was carrot halwa and it was nothing short of amazing. The only thing I could say is that I would have preferred to have a little ice-cream with it. But that is personal preference and me being greedy.
And that was it. We arrived safely in Calcutta 😉 We were supposed to go out for more drinks, post dinner, but were so suitably fed that we had to retire home.
Lovely evening, perfect company, fabulous location and 4 out of 5 stars for the food. ALL for a the very reasonable sum of $35CI each plus gratuities. We’ll definitely be going back for the next journey, and have recommended it to all our friends.
Namaste for now!