14 February 2013

Kenya: 'Afrodisia Menu' for the Valentines At Tatu

One of the great pleasures in life is eating good food. However sharing this experience with the one you love is sure to heighten the pleasure. Thus today being Valentine's Day, Norfolk Hotel's Tatu Restaurant decided to make a special menu that they recently shared. It is sure to make this lovers' day more special. The menu's title Afrodisia is in reference to all the aphrodisiac foods that are part of this extensive four-course dinner.

First up were the tasters that were made up of steamed asparagus with almond butter and a side of garlic chips. These were served alongside some delightful oysters that melt in your mouth and pan seared Atlantic salmon which is well done and great for those who don't like raw fish.

Then came the slow cooked lobster with cold pressed olive oil, vanilla cauliflower and spring vegetable salpicon. Though an odd combination, it tasted delicious and the vanilla cauliflower help give it a sort of sweet and salty taste. It was my favourite entrée.

By the time we got to the main course which was the tantalising grilled Morendat sirloin steak and pistachio crusted lamb, I wasn't too sure of where the dessert would go because I was all but stuffed already.

Depending on your preference you can have the chef make your steak, rare, medium-rare or well done. The delightful steak broiled to perfection was very lean and tender. It is served with delicious chilli butter, creamed potatoes and truffle pan jus. The lamb is grilled and combined with sautéed spinach which made it very succulent and chewily delicious.

My worries about the dessert were unfounded, soon as they served the Belgian chocolate parfait, I was sold. Parfait is a French word literally meaning "perfect" commonly employed to describe a kind of frozen dessert made from a base of sugar syrup, egg, and cream. The Belgian chocolate parfait was combined with some mouthwatering Grand Marnier strawberries and frozen chocolate macaroon.

The whole meal which is priced at around $160 (Sh13,920) per couple is like an explosion of great taste, and is accompanied by a bottle of Rose Moet Champagne which enhances your taste buds with its heady strawberry aroma and taste of raspberry, fig and cherry flavours with a touch of spice.


Five stars

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