Those who know me best also know that the way to my heart is through my stomach. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but to be honest, I’d rather have a good meal!
I was lucky enough to experience an absolutely exceptional meal when I was invited to sample the new menu at the Villa restaurant situated within the stunning Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa.
First of all, the ambience is gorgeous. I’m of the opinion that special food needs to have equally special surroundings… and the Villa Corinthia is one stunning venue.
After a chat with some of the other lovely guests and Corinthia personnel (as an aside – everyone there is so nice, friendly, knowledgeable and with just the perfect dash of a great sense of humour), we walked towards the table laden with what I can only described as a veritable treasure horde of food.
Before we dug in, Corinthia Palace General Manager Adrian Attard explained that Sunday lunches at the Villa are meant to be ‘special’, giving you a much needed time to savour and enjoy your food (which is why the four-course meal is a sit-down one and not a buffet, except for the dessert table).
The menu starts off with shared plates which included crab and avocado salad with new potatoes and charcoal mayo, Hendricks gin cured salmon, daikon, tonic gel and cucumber and my favourite – steamed asparagus, smoked burrata, chive oil and egg yolk bottarga. Ricotta tortelloni, smoked tomato fondue and olive crumbs was next on the menu.
For my main, I opted for roast striploin, port glazed shallots, Yorkshire pudding, pan juices. The meat was cooked to perfection and the accompanying Roast potatoes were out-of-this-word.
I don’t normally drink white wine (I’m more of a red wine lover), but I loved the organic white wine we were served.
Finally it was time for the dessert table (I have the world’s biggest sweet tooth so I had been looking forward to it all throughout the meal; yes I was the first one to get up from the table!) Honestly, I could have happily lived next to that table forever – rum baba, lemon pastries, two kinds of baklava, kannoli, ice cream and even Love Heart sweets reminiscent of my childhood (a really sweet – pun! – touch). Before you ask, yes I had a taste of practically everything. And let’s just say, I was happy.
I had arrived at the Corinthia Palace at 12.30 pm. I left at 5.00 pm feeling very happy, full and relaxed. I’ll definitely be back.