Fine food and fine jewelry! Oh, hello... come to mama!
I was really intrigued when I heard about this Culinary Jewelry Dinner inspired by Damiani's 90th Anniversary Celebration. Food inspired by some serious bling? How would that go? Let's give it a go!
The bread. I absolutely adore the squid ink one. Hot from the oven, crusty outside, fluffy inside & really tasty!
Cured salmon with beluga and snail caviar, porcini mushroom and creamed risotto. How pretty is this dish! Inspired by black and white diamonds. I could see where the inspiration's from, it's a treat for my eyes and my taste buds. Love it.
The dish was paired with this lovely Pinot Grigio. Look at its copper tinge. Gorgeous and delicious!
Next, we had squid ink fettucelle pasta with scallops, lobster, zucchini and tomato. This gorgeous plate is inspired by a black ribbon necklace. Love the sauce and the seafood! I just wish the pasta was a bit more firm.
For the next course, some of us chose the crispy monkfish served with chickpeas cream sauce and fried sage. I didn't try it (I wish I stole a bite off my neighbor's plate. Regrets....), but it certainly looked gorgeous.
This is my weakness. I always have to go for rich, meaty dish, so I went for the stewed oxtail served on potato with foie gras, with balsamic mushroom sauce.
The dish looked gorgeous. It's very luxurious and decadent. Just like the earrings it was inspired by.
The meat dish was paired with this lovely Barolo. I don't drink much, I only think that when the wine tasted good with the food, then it's a good pairing. They were great together :)
On to dessert! Pain d'epice parfait with chocolate ring hazelnuts and five spices sauce. Looks very impressive, especially looking at the bracelet that was the inspiration. When we had this, I think most of us think of Christmas gingerbread cookies :)
All of us went "oohhh" and "aahhhh" when this petit four plate arrived. Jewels on fluffy cloud!
What's not to love?
We enjoyed eating (and taking photos of) the fluffy cotton candy, and I especially love the chocolates.
I had a great time appreciating how modern Italian fine dining could be when inspired by fine jewelry. Thanks for having me, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong!
Damiani's 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Collection menu by Chef Pino Lavarra will be available at Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong's Tosca until 30 November 2014.
102/F Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2263 2270
Also, check out what Gary of Joie de Vivre think about this dinner.