Dec 8, 2011

Kisses a plenty at the newly revamped Bice, Hilton Jumeirah

With its roots dating back to 1926 in Milan, Bice has been one of the staple Italian restaurants in Dubai since its inception  With the brand being represented throughout Hilton properties worldwide, Bice is a familiar name when it comes to classic Italian cuisine.  The interior has just been newly redesigned by Modo Milano and has transformed the space  into a contemporary and elegant atmosphere while keeping that traditional Italian charm.  With two-toned wood, terracotta, and iconic images of old world Milan, Bice is sure to give you an authentic Italian experience here in Dubai.    
Foie Gras Duo, seared served with a caramelized onion jam and the chilled torchon of Foie Gras served with pesto and a drizzle of Olive Oil and Raspberry Coulis.  I normally prefer the torchon, but in this dish the balance of the sweet caramelized onion jam with the seared foie gras really stood out to me.  Such a decadent dish, but I'm not even thinking about the calories when it tastes this good. 
 Beetroot cured Salmon Carpaccio with caper berries, fresh fennel, and a heavy drizzle of Olive Oil. The light hint of beetroot on the delicately thin salmon carpaccio melted in my mouth.  With the fresh crunch of fennel and the distinct taste of extra virgin olive oil, this is my idea of the perfect starter.  Filling, but not heavy, a lovely play of textures, flavors, and colors. 
 Pan Seared Sea Bass with Crispy Leeks, Porcini Mushrooms, oven roasted herb tomatoes with a creamy leak sauce.  And if that wasn't rich enough........
A shaving of fresh white truffles! I have admitted it in the past, and I continue to say my obsession with truffles is still going strong.  We did order a couple of other items "sans" Truffle, but these are just the dishes I chose to highlight.  Amongst some of the other items was a beautiful seafood risotto plus a tender and beautifully seasoned veal chop with a creamy mushroom sauce. 
 Delicate Spinach and Ricotta stuffed Tortellini with Black and White truffle cream sauce.....yumm! All the  pasta at Bice is all homemade, and you can taste the difference.  They stay true to the authentic Italian experience with their selection of menu items as well as the appropriate ambiance.  
 Hmmmmm...where do I begin!? We actually had a difficult time tackling this dessert because the presentation was so meticulously assembled.  This is a yogurt semi-freddo and chocolate cake stacked on top of crispy wafers and fresh berries. 
 This was one of the most unusual desserts I've ever head.  A Raspberry Creme Brulee with Truffle ice cream!!!! The Raspberry Creme Brulee was lovely, but the Truffle ice cream was a first for me.  Apparently it has been done several times in experimental culinary kitchens around the globe.  I rather liked the combination, and also spoke to the chef about it, who informed me they use the remains of the truffles which they grind into powder form and mix it into the ice cream batter, they also roll the ball of ice cream in additional truffle powder......Trufflicious!
 Lastly, we were given this special "Christmas Treet" at the end of our meal.  Filled with cookies, chocolate, and berries it was a lovely way to complete the evening. 
Bice is located at the Hilton Jumeirah on The Walk.  Call to make reservations before you head to this popular lunch and dinner spot.  They are usually busy during the week and especially on the weekends. 

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