[NEW POST] Dining With Chef Paolo at Rosso, Shangri-La Jakarta

Rosso, the fine dining Italian restaurant and lounge at Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, presents its new Italian Chef, Paolo Gionfriddo, in March 2014.  Chef Paolo is no stranger to the world of fine dining because he has been a chef in various Michelin-star restaurants in his native Italy, and I was grateful that I could experience his passion in creating and presenting his best dishes for our lunch last Saturday, April 12, 2014. He was born and raised in Sicily, Italy. Taking nature’s beauty and cultural influences, Chef Paolo brings an intense passion, high-quality standard and individualistic flare to Rosso with his Italian cuisine. Guests can find the simple appreciation in Chef Paolo’s artistic and distinctive dishes representative of a true Italian with every creation.

View from Lounge Area at Rosso Shangri-La Jakarta by Myfunfoodiary

Rosso is a restaurant which offers lots of authentic and sensational Italian Cuisine where most of the decorations are colored with Red because Rosso itself means “Red” in Italian. It represents passion, warmth and elegance. Besides the regular dining room and VIP room, there is also a cozy lounge in a smaller room where people can enjoy more over 200 premium wines imported from Italy and around the world.

Lounge Area at Rosso Shangri-La Jakarta by Myfunfoodiary

Welcome Drinks

While waiting for the other guests, Chef Paolo has prepared us 3 kinds of welcome drinks, such as Italian Lemonade, Orange Juice, and Virgin Mojito. The Italian Lemonade is made of lemon wedges, mint leave, lemon juice, simple syrup, and sprite. The Orange Juice is made from blended fresh oranges. The last one, Virgin Mojito which is my most favorite drink among the others, is made from lime wedges, lemon juice, brown sugar, mint leave and soda water. If you’re looking for a tasty and refreshing non-alcoholic drink, try Virgin Mojito. I just love how the fresh taste of this drink in the summer time like nowadays.

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Virgin Mojito – My favorite!

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Eggplant Parmigiana & Saffron Arancini

Besides welcome drinks, they also served us with two kinds of delicious canapes. There are Eggplant Parmigiana and Saffron Arancini. I’m actually not a fan of eggplant, but this one is unique. It contains Buffalo Ricotta Cheese, Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese, Parmesan Cheese and Basil Leaf. All the cheese mixtures made it tastier! Saffron Arancini is made of Rissoto Carnaroli (Italian rice), Saffron Powder, virgin oil, sea salt, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, onion, bread crumb, flour and organic egg. It’s like a rice ball with the hints of saffron, the Parmesan and the melted mozzarella cheese in the center of each bite. Love it!

Saffron Arancini and Eggplant Parmigiana at Rosso Shangri-La Jakarta by Myfunfoodiary

So here is the main dining room! It has a high-painted ceiling, chic, modern and romantic ambience where mostly decorated in Red color.

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… And this is a VIP room where we had lunch together with other food bloggers and some friends from the media. This VIP Room has a capacity up to 12 pax, suitable for a small lunch meeting for your corporate since they can facilitate it with LCD Projector too. What surprised me was that this event was quite different from many invitations I had received from Shangri-la Jakarta. They really prepared everything, starting from the table set, food photo session before lunch, until getting into the kitchen to see behind the scene when Chef Paolo prepared everything for us. For lunch, Chef Paolo prepared us with his best dish from his hometown Sicily, Italy. Oh, so special!!

VIP Room at Rosso Shangri-La Jakarta Ready for Dining with Chef Paolo - by Myfunfoodiary

To accompany our lunch, they also prepared some Planeta wines from Sicily, Italy.

Red Wine and White Wine at Rosso Shangri-La Jakarta Chef Paolo Best Dish by Myfunfoodiary

White Wine: Planeta Chardonnay

Planeta Chardonnay has a lot of fruity aromas, very rich and well-balanced with some acidity. It’s a good pairing for light meals or appetizer.

Planeta Wine at Rosso Shangri-La Jakarta Chef Paolo Best Dish by Myfunfoodiary

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Antipesti : Pastetti ri Baccala

This picture was taken when Chef Paolo was giving his personal touch and soul to the dish. I saw his passion and ambition in creating not only beautiful, but also a delicious dish for us at Rosso. Fried cod fish cooked to perfection until crisp and balanced by the fennel, blood orange segment and saffron Sabayon. My favorite!

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Red Wine: Planeta La Segreta Sicilia

Then they served us with Planeta La Segreta Sicilia which is sweet and has clean after taste to accompany our main course.

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Pasta : Spaghetti Che Cozze e Muddica

Here is the winning dish for me! Spaghetti with mussels, parsley cream and aromatic bread crumb. The green parsley cream underneath the pasta is slightly salty and the homemade bread crumbs complements it. The pasta cooked in ‘al dente’ texture and all the mixture tastes delicious!

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Pesci : Agghiutta ri Tunnu

Yellow fin tuna with sweet and sour braised onion, and balsamic reduction. The tuna was covered with pistachio crumbs and cooked in medium rare (still pink in the middle) so it has a fine texture and a nice subtle taste.  Somehow this tuna is quite unique, because the texture is like eating chicken.

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Dolce : Cannolo ca Ricotta

Last but not least, here comes the dessert, which is also unique for me. This fried pastry dough is filled with a sweet and creamy Buffalo Ricotta Cheese blended with Vanilla to add more flavors and topped with pistachio. The shell is crisp and simply delicious!

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Thank you so much Rosso and Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta for the delightful lunch. The cod fish and pasta were cooked to perfection, and the wine selection was perfect. I had a great time getting to know some people and having a chance to experience Chef Paolo’s best dishes.

ROSSO Restaurant – Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta
Lobby level, Jl. Jendral Sudirman
Phone: (021)  2939 9580
Price Range: Above RP. 100.000,-
Free WIFI: Yes
Maps Direction: http://goo.gl/maps/ykp4l
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 Mullie and Chef Paolo Gionfriddo at Rosso Shangri-La Jakarta by Myfunfoodiary

Author: myfunfoodiary

Myfunfoodiary as Indonesian Food and Travel Blog was born in July 2012 and has become one of the valuable online source for locals, tourists, food enthusiasts and industry professionals. It is a Jakarta based Food and Travel Blog managed by Mullie Marlina, a young, lovely, cheerful and blessed wife who loves to share her culinary and travel experiences through her writing. You’ll find her honest reviews, valuable suggestions, objective ratings and recommendation of eateries in Jakarta and selected cities in Indonesia and abroad. Her curated restaurant reviews are based on her meticulous inquiries and her rich dining experience in various restaurants in Jakarta. She has also traveled to different cities and countries where she finds interesting and inspiring dishes, cuisines and excellent dining ambience which she also included in the list. From recommendations, restaurant experiences, events, travel destinations, and recipes, readers will find anything food related in this website. She would really appreciate your feedback, and would love to hear about any suggestions, events regarding food, or just to drop in to say “Hi”. Again, thank you so much for dropping by, and she hopes you enjoy reading her journal. Thank you so much for all your supports! God bless you! ^_^

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