People, hold on to your Red Fire Monkey because it is Chinese New Year at Teatro!
The “Year of the Monkey” begins on February 3 and continues through February 12th, and Chef Ted Espiritu of Teatro Restaurant at the Park Rotana will celebrate with special menu items for the New Year.
And still, minus all of the schmoozing — it was a very, very good experience. The one consistent comment I hear when I discuss Teatro with friends and acquaintances is that Teatro’s menu provides something for everyone and it is almost always a guarantee that you will always receive fresh, very well prepared photographically beautiful meals by a top notch team.
My first faux pas was to violently try to remove the clear wrap from the bamboo mat. Conditioned to unpack everything within my reach like a zombie in a trance, and frustrated that the clear wrap was getting the best of me, I clinched my teeth to apply the death grip and rip it off like my life depended on it until a quiet soft-spoken sous chef whispered Madam, it is supposed to be there.
All I needed was a smoke machine and I would’ve been ready for a fiery fan dance popularized during the Joseon Dynasty. What makes this place unusual and refreshing is the vibe. Smoking Doll is Asian exotic — not Asian kimono with cherry blossoms.
In addition to Angelina’s world-famous tearoom serving artistically created desserts that epitomize the French way of living, Angelina also offers a full breakfast, snack, lunch and dinner menu in the same luxuriously indulgent fashion as in Paris. During our visit we were graciously accommodated by a full staff that was eager for us to enjoy the Angelina experience so much so that we began to feel like we stepped out of a Renoir painting.
It was veggie art on a plate. I wanted to eat it so badly but I had to stare at it for awhile because it was so stinking pretty — I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. In the end it did taste as good as it looked but the highlight of dining experience was the best baba ganoush I HAVE EVER TASTED IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!
The contemporary cubed entrance of Zuma let’s you know this place is not your ordinary restaurant. Entering into the cube I felt like I was joining a secret club or something obscure which felt a little adventurous.