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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Chocolate Irish Dinner Banquet at On The Rocks, Chennai

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” 

Even though am not a big fan of Chocolates, the promise of an elaborate meal laced with chocolates, Jameson Irish Whiskey and Food was enough to have me salivating!!-All three were coming together at dinner at On TheRocks, Crowne plaza.. You read it right.. These words were all it took for me to reply with my confirmation. 

The restaurant is hosting a lavish 6 course meal, the highlight being each dish is infused with the unique Earth Loaf chocolates  and a splash of the Jameson Whiskey as well. All this has been curated by Chef Prakash along with David Belo [the founder of 'Earth Loaf' chocolates]. The unique thing about these chocolates is that they are dark bitter chocolates made with palm sugar, which was perfect cos I hate the regular sweet chocolates. 

The evening began with an Appertivo  [something to kick off the evening with, a small teaser of sorts] called 'Jamie in Brooklyn' (spicy homemade Vermouth with a hint of bitter orange, orange flower water, Ladhaki Apricot Kernel syrup and Jameson Whisky- phew hope i got all the ingredients right, i sure asked about it enough times). It was a drink that would wake you up from the deepest of slumbers and have you raring to go.  

Not to forget their signature Focaccia bread drenched in freshly squeezed garlic oil, brought back memories of my earlier visit to the restaurant and how we asked for a repeat of this.  The menu for the evening is quite extensive, and I was quite surprised to see there were more Veg appetisers than non veg, and so we asked for a portion of each. 

The second drink to arrive on our table was the 'The Mango and Capsicum Toddy- warm and strong, it was served a small cup that had a slice of lime with a clove in it. It sure had my taste buds doing the tango. Following on its heel was the Roasted Squash and infused with Chilli Chocolate soup that was simply divine, it was served in a small cup and was packed with flavours. Pumpkin is a vegetable that hasn't yet received its due, it is so versatile and beautiful~

Among the starters, I fell in love with the Soft Polenta with wild mushrooms and Creamy Chocolate Sauce  and the Grilled Asparagus, Peas, Blue Cheese with White Chocolate Hollandaise. There were two others which were good but not wow!

As the conversations flowed, we noticed the food kept coming.It was either the Bitter Chocolate and Mint Sorbet -a palate cleanser of sorts or the Sage and Berry Fizz [Jameson whiskey with flavours of Sage , berry marmalade, mint, lemon juice and nutmeg with a hint of black pepper. Just when we thought the bar had been set quite high with the food we had so far, the mains came along. I was served the show stopper veg dish- Single Origin Dark Chocolate Ravioli with Mint and Green Pea Puree with Sage Beurre Noisette .. Oh my, every mouthful was heavenly. So much so that we asked for a repeat serving of this dish for the others to enjoy~ There was a mixed bag of reaction from the guys on the Non veg mains- Salmon, Lamb and chicken based. 

As my eyes wandered around, I noticed the bar tender was doing some sort of smoking downstairs  He was smoking the glasses with a blow torch and wood chips. Soon after, we were served the 'Smoke & Mirrors' which had a medley of flavours-  Charred Pineapple, apricot kernel syrup, lemon juice, raisins, paprika and Jameson Irish Whisky.. garnished with smoked Lapsang Soughing..  

Before we could get on to the desserts, I spotted a table in the far corner where a drink was being made, there was fire and I could smell cinnamon.. I made a beeline to observe how the  'Jameson Blue Blazer'  was being made. It was a cocktail invented back in the 1860's and consisted of Flamed Irish Whisky taken to a whole new level with spices, lemon and orange zests, cassia, pepper, nutmeg and apple slices. It was served with a piece of Earth Loaf Artisan 'Himalayan Fruit and Nut Chocolate'. I was told to take a sip of the drink and a bite of the chocolate to enjoy the experience

Are we done yet? No way.... Jameson and Chocolate Granita, a pre dessert came along bringing with it the desserts-  Swiss Chocolate and Jameson Brule.. This was followed by 'Petit Fours' and 'Irish Coffee'... and with that the evening was a wrap~

Priced at INR 2999/- per person, the festivities are on till the 26th June
Only for dinner: 7.00 pm onwards

Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park, 
TTK Road, 
Austin Nagar, Alwarpet, 
Ph- 044 2499 4101

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