When I heard UB City’s Cafe Noir was celebrating with a Special French Gastronomic Dinner, I was all excited.
French Cuisine with one of their richest history has some of the most delectable dishes and this was no different.
Added by the UNESCO in November 2010, to its list of the world’s “intangible cultural heritage”, knowledge of French cooking has significantly contributed to Western cuisines.
Thierry Regis Jasserand, a long time resident of Bangalore who owns this fine place sat with us at our table and helped us understand more about the history of French Culture and Cuisine. The Frenchman also owns ‘Winez and More’, a small store on the second level of UB City. It stocks bottles of most wines served at Toscano and Café Noir.
Chef Alexandre Seince, Kitchen Executive Chef at Café Noir had prepared a feast fit for a King. With over 15 years of experience behind him, the delectable dishes ranged from Greek Salad with Feta Cheese to Rillet of Tuna Fish and fresh herbs to the famous Sea Food Paella.
Consisting mostly of Ex-Pats, this event had Live Music which kept us entertained through the course of our meal despite the heavy rain. We started our evening with a Glass of Cocktail made with a fine French White Wine. This was similar to a Mint Mojito.
Our meal started with a wide variety of Entrées
Crab Soup – a smooth, creamy, highly seasoned Bisque of French origin, classically based on a strained broth (coulis) of crustaceans.
Smoked Salmon Choux Pastry – a light pastry dough that contains only butter, water, flour and eggs used to make this with Salmon.
Italian Smoked Ham Bruschetta – Toasted bread slices topped with Smoked Ham.
Flavoured Cheese Choux Pastry (Goujere) – a light pastry dough that contains only butter, water, flour and eggs used to make this
Hummus, Baba Ganush and Tzatziki Dips with Crispy Bread –
Tomato/Mozzarella Bruschetta – Tomato chunks topped with Mozzarella Cheese Cubes on Toasted Bread.
Fresh Grilled Vegetable Platter – Exotic vegetables grilled to perfection.
Chicken Cake and Feta Cheese Cream – A preparation similar to Crab Cakes topped with Cream prepared from Feta Cheese.
Confit Vegetable Terrine – a French vegetable loaf similar to a pâté, made with coarsely chopped ingredients and served cold.
Ravioles of Mushroom and Nuts – A type of dumpling consisting of a thick filling of mushroom and nuts sealed between two layers of thin pasta dough served with Garlic Cream.
Greek Salad with Prawns – Made with Romaine lettuce, Cucumber, Onions, Olives, Figs, Watermelon, Muskmelon and Cherry Tomatoes topped with cubes of Feta Cheese.
A platter of Camembert, Emmental and Goat Cheese with Fresh Fruits and Home-made Jam.
Melted Fontina Cheese served with Cold Meat or Potatoes – Fontina Cheese is a variety of Semi-Soft Cheese which is made from Italian Cow Milk. Cut into half, it was heated to melt away a layer of cheese for a serving.
Paella de Mariscos – Seafood Paella with Lobsters and Clams. A regional Valencian rice dish with ancient roots, though its modern form originating in the mid-19th century near the city of Valencia. It is similar to the Biryani in the Indian Cuisine.
We finished our memorable evening on a sweet note with Pastries from their Pâtissière:
Chocolate Gâteau – Layers of chocolate cake alternating with coffee cream with glazed icing on top.
Chocolate Éclair – A cylindrical pastry made with choux dough filled with coffee cream and topped with chocolate icing.
Lemon Tart – A baked dish consisting of a lemony filling over a shortcrust pastry base with an open top; and a green icing ring in between.
Strawberry Pie – A baked dish made of a pastry dough casing containing a strawberry filling.
Chocolate Mousse – A soft prepared food that incorporates air bubbles to give it a light and fluffy texture.
CADET d’OC Chardonnay complimented the seafood in the menu. It has a nicely balanced acidity, with flavours of tropical fruit and over-ripened grapefruit, orange zest, hints of peach with a subtle touch of honey, ending with a delicious crispy dryness at the end.
Overall, this was an occasion to relish the rich European Cuisine.
If you relish the finer French Cuisine, this place is a must visit. You’ll leave home full (Tummy and Heart) and content.
About the Place
Address: 2nd Floor, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road, Lavelle Road, Bangalore
Cuisine: European, French, Salad
Type: Fine Dining
Cost for Two: Approx ₹1500
Taste – 5/5
Ambience – 5/5
Service – 5/5
Value for Money – 5/5