This past year, I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday in Sorrento. It was particularly special because unlike the past few years, I was able to celebrate with my parents this time around.
We dined at Michelin Star restaurant Terrazza Bosquet within the Hotel Excelsior Vittoria. It is an exquisite hotel in the center of town. Built in 1835, everything ornamental embodied the classical period. Down a staircase, one walked out to a balcony overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Cotton candy hues hugging Mount Vesuvius set the scene for the Michelin star restaurant.
Table was set classically, white against white with a rose equidistant from the plates. Beautiful presentation commenced from the moment they left the condiments for the bread. Butters which could have passed for bon bons where placed alongside a small porcelain jug of olive oil.
As an amuse-bouche, we were presented with a striking lobster carpaccio with chicken skin, edible greens and dusted with coffee.
Being on the coast, I took advantage of ordering some fresh fish. To begin, I had the tuna fish with San Marzano tomato mouse, capers mayonnaise and olives tapenade. The combination of the tuna with the mouse, mayonnaise and roasted tomato was exquisite.
More in the mood for a soup, my mother got a chicken consommé based dish. Upon arriving she was in shock as there was no liquid. I knew what was to occur but she had no idea. Before a freak out occurred, the server poured the consommé over the asparagus and ricotta dumplings.
Risotto, a favorite dish of my mothers, was a hard dish to pass on for her main course.
I could not decide between a monkfish or lamb dish. My dad had the same dilemma so we shared the two.
Monkfish roulade with mediterranean herbs with shelfish and tomato confit.
Tender lamb filet in breadcrumbs with fragrant fresh lavender served with baby vegetables and star anise.
Life would not be complete without dessert, particularly one one’s birthday. The dessert which intrigued me was the chocolate passion. I ordered it but little did I know what I had in store for me. I ordered the Chocolate Passion, a chocolate tartlet creamy with sechuan pepper, cinammon ganache and chocolate icecream alongside tonka bean sponge cake.
The bill towards the end was taking a while and I soon found out that they had ALSO made me a tiramisu birthday cake. I was so full but there is always room for something sweet.
If this dinner was a testament of the year to come, I cannot wait.