The Risotto Fare @ Ottimo | ITC Gardenia | Bangalore

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The Risotto Fare @ Ottimo | ITC Gardenia | Bangalore

Which cuisine comes to your mind when you think of romance?

For us, like most people we associate Italian Cuisine with romance and during this time of the year i.e. around mid Feb when love is in the air, we were invited to the Risotto Festival of Ottimo, ITC Gardenia called the Risotto Fare.

This post will be all about Risottos and how beautifully they were made. Before that, the setting of Ottimo is truly unforgettable. The open kitchen, the theme of the restaurant, the service, the food & wine and the tunes are bound to make your dining experience unlike any other.




Food at such premiere and iconic joints tends to be as authentic as it gets. We were given a small demo on Risotto making before we went on to taste them.

Risotto with Jerusalem artichoke@ The Risotto Fare @ Ottimo | ITC Gardenia | Bangalore
Risotto with Jerusalem artichoke, sage butter and Parmigiano 

Black ink risotto with seafood and squid dumpling @The Risotto Fare @ Ottimo | ITC Gardenia | Bangalore
Black ink risotto with seafood and squid dumpling

We tasted two Risottos as a part of the demo: Risotto with Jerusalem artichoke, sage butter and Parmigiano and Black ink risotto with seafood and squid dumpling. They use separate ingredients for each type of Risotto and even the type of Arborio rice. The amount of effort it takes is inspiring. Starch is a major factor in Risottos and that it what makes the end result so creamy and mouth-watering. [Although it is fattening]

The former was a plain Risotto with not too much complexity. It was creamy and the Artichoke chips added a slight crunch to it. The latter was mind blowing and the best Risotto of the ones we tried. Made with pasteurised squid ink, this risotto was filled with a variety of seafood: squid, prawns, fish & cuttlefish. The colour was magnificent and so was the presentation, taste and aftertaste!

After this we tried the Porcini Mushroom risotto. Same old great taste with mushrooms and also drizzled with shaved dried mushrooms on top to give that extra feel! For those who love mushrooms, this is a must try.

Breads

Double chicken risotto@The Risotto Fare @ Ottimo | ITC Gardenia | Bangalore
Double chicken risotto with sous vide spicy chicken

Saffron risotto with lamb shank@The Risotto Fare @ Ottimo | ITC Gardenia | Bangalore
Saffron Risotto with lamb shank, marrow crumble and lemon gremolata

Roasted bellpepper & gorgonzola risotto@The Risotto Fare @ Ottimo | ITC Gardenia | Bangalore
Roasted bellpepper and gorgonzola risotto

Green asparagus risotto@The Risotto Fare @ Ottimo | ITC Gardenia | Bangalore
Green Asparagus Risotto

Next up: two more non-veg risottos, The Double chicken risotto with sous vide spicy chicken and The Saffron Risotto with lamb shank, marrow crumble and lemon gremolata.

The Chicken Risotto had a small tower of crusted chicken and it was cooked to perfection. It had a pink colour and was soft and tender. This risotto had a lot of seeds in it so meaty, crunchy and creamy now that’s something isn’t it?

Lastly, the Lamb Risotto was simple yet satisfying. The saffron risotto actually had the aroma of saffron. The lamb shank was cooked beautifully and just fell off the bone.

All the Risottos were plated beautifully apart from tasting excellent.

From the desserts:

Torta Caprese@The Risotto Fare @ Ottimo | ITC Gardenia | Bangalore
Torta Caprese

Banana Gelato with caramel sauce@The Risotto Fare @ Ottimo | ITC Gardenia | Bangalore
Banana Gelato with Caramel sauce

If you love chocolate, the Torta Caprese is the one to try. Leaving the theatrics aside, it is a sinful and chocolaty dessert.

The Banana Gelato with Caramel sauce is as the name suggests. It is not as sweet as the Torta Caprese and the flavour did justice.

There are plenty more risottos as a part of the Risotto Fare and we tried only a handful of them.

That’s all from our side folks!

This festival ends on the 20th of Feb so still quite some time left to indulge.

We’ll be back soon with something tempting.

Till then—stay tuned and bon apetit!

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3 comments

  1. The mushroom risotto looks delicious! Risotto when made well can be the most delicious Italian dish ever :)

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  2. It happens every time I see delicious food! I want them all :)

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  3. Risotto looks yum... well written mate

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