Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sneak Peek: Luna Restaurant at Missoni Hotel

I was invited by the sweet Manager of Luna Restaurant in Missoni Hotel, Miss Nikki, to try out their menu as part of the pre-opening.  The yet to officially open restaurant is the "destination" restaurant and lounge located in the 18th floor of the hotel.

First of all, the atmosphere was perfect, so not what we're used to in this country that my friends and I thought it was like we were on a trip abroad.  The trendy lounge area is gorgeous,  fully designed in the signiture Missoni prints.  The restaurant area is a bit different, adorned with the hotel's colored strings half surrounding every table and also used as curtains.  The view outside is superb, you can see the Gulf Road, all lit up, which was kind of romantic.

Now for the service and food, it was impeccable, I cannot find one negative thing to say about the whole place.  I haven't had this great a food anywhere in this country.  My friends agreed, they thought everything was delicious!  Most of our orders were appetisers and starters, and they were all tasty and the portions were generous for sharing.  I don't mind ordering the same next time I visit when the restaurant opens.
 Lentil and Cumin Soup! Not too big, not too small, just perfect that I wanted to have another one!
 These are two appetisers, the chicken liver in pomegranate sauce, and the shrimps.  My friends had the liver and one of them said she has never tasted any like this one.  As for the crusted shrimps, I wish I remembered the exact name of the dish and what it contained, but all I can say is that I have hope in shrimps tasting good in this country after having this! A must!
 Goat cheese and  mediterranean salad tart. It tastes of REAL goat cheese!
 A large portion of this starter had us wanting more! Its a seafood spring roll containing scallops (which I'm happy to announce that I'm a fan of this usually avoided sea creature after having this dish), shrimps, and calamri.  It's not fishy and the taste is out of this world!  Oh and the sauces are really something!
 The only main dish, ordered by yours truly.  Its a fillo pastry bunch filled with chicken, ricotta, lemon, mushrooms, and couscous.  The outer shell is crunchy and soft in the right places, and the filling is soft and full of flavor! Just like all the other dishes, the flavor is really overwhelming, we loved it!  There's tons of other main dishes I would've loved to try, but we wanted to make space for the dessert.
 Cardamom panna cotta.  Again full of flavor, together with the sorbet and diced fruit.  We also had the chocolate and date fondant.