Sunday, January 29, 2006

Cafe Basilico

Rest :Cafe Basilico
Meal : Lunch
Date : 29/1/2006
Location :high Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
Company : Felix, Genevieve

Experience -Fortunately Felix & Gen were back in town just for the day, it was great to see them, not wanting to do the usual Sunday Brunch (at Not Just Jazz) so we decided a place i hadnt been and that they were familiar with. The service was reasonable, there was no greeter and i had to pick up the menu myself as well as Felix and Gen who picked the silverware themselves. Comepletely unacceptable.

Order - Felix & Gen ordered the Basilico lunch while i went for the potato, garlic soup for the entree i had a baked penne pasta with a red paste of tomato, basil and parmesan. Apple Crumble pie for me and Gen got a mousse cake.

Drinks - Diet Coke for me, Something Mango (Gen of course)

Food : The lunch had a bunch of salads, hummus, baba ganoush, pasta salad, they had entrees as well, spirals in arrabiata, ravioli in white sauce (might have been Alfredo). So it was an appetising spread, they used feta cheese as well, which is the greatest of cheeses. The soup was allright, different, kind of bland, but served hot with a side of onion foccacia bread. Not too bad, but not something i would pick again. The entree was another matter. Fantastic, succulent olive oily taste with the thick spicy paste. very good. recommend it def. The apple pie, was well, i got decieved into buying it because it looked like the heavenly one from Moshe (Moshe Shek is also the ex-partner chef of Basilico) I had a bit of the mousse cake and it wasnt too bad but not great. The side of bread served with the pasta was well, too heavy, id prefer a bread basket where i can choose what i want.
In the end, brilliant in patches, it seems like a place that might have been past its heyday, i hope i am wrong because i will give it another shot soon.

Rating :Food 8/10, Dessert 3/10 Service 6.5/10

Damage : $35(1500)

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