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The reasons to miss the beautiful city of Paris are inexplicable. From the quaint coffee shops lining the streets to baguettes, artisanal coffee and fresh hot croissants. Now to add a bit of rustic to the finesse of the French with Italian and we get the perfect marriage of French meets Italian. An old world meets the new, freshness meets desserts and Rome meets Paris. It almost as if the Eiffel Tower found a place right next to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, food-wise. That’s how monumentally huge I’d describe the “Rome Meets Paris” festival at Tuscany, Trident Hyderabad.

To rephrase my steps back before delving into the intricacies of the festival is to take a trip down memory lane. For us our visit to Paris was a rip filled with desserts. Sure there is no feeling in the world which can beat the simple bite of a chocolate bar while watching the sunset over the Eiffel, but the Italian countryside has it’s equal share of memories. For a country which has a varied cuisine demarcation from the Alps in the North to the Mediterranean in the South, it shows tremendously in all of the Italian flavors.

Rome Meets Paris At Tuscany

The city of Hyderabad doesn’t have any full fledged restaurants showcasing the simplicity and yet complex finesse of both the cuisines. This is where the “Rome Meets Paris” comes as breath of fresh air to the dining scene in the city. We had the chance to preview some of the dishes of the festival and all I can say is ‘Wow’

We began with the Salads or the insalate, an Italian would say if I had him/her at my table. The Panzanella, a Tuscan style salad made of stale breads, tomatoes, onions with a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar and we had a beautiful, healthy dish to start off with. The Panzanella is a very summery dish with all the freshness that it packs setting the tone for the other dishes for the night to follow. The Salad Nicoise for me was a highlight. The tuna had been seared to near perfection with a delicious pink in the center with the nicoise olives, anchovies and vinaigrette providing the touch of sourness needed to balance out the salad.


The Chilled Vichyssoise along with the Salad Nicoise were the highlights of the night for me. The classic French Potato and Leek soup had been given a chilled twist. Instead of snuggling into bed with the potato and leek soup that we are so accustomed to, we had a restaurant makeover of it.

Nicoise Salad

One of the dishes that’s recognized all round the world as quintessentially French is the Coq au Vin. Literally translating to “rooster in wine”, it had renowned Chef Jamie Oliver stating it as his best dish ever. The Coq au vin traces it’s origin back to ancient Italy making it the perfect dish that marries the two cuisines together. The one at Trident was a beautiful chicken on bone, braised in red wine served with a side of herb rice.

Coq au Vin


Desserts is where Trident Hyderabad has always played to it’s strengths. The Paris Brest was exquisite with the praline cream in between the magnificently made choux pastry and topped off with exotic fruits. I really liked the bit of nougat in between as you cut through the layers to get the surprise element. The best part about the Paris Brest is that it leaves you with lingering memories of your dinner at Tuscany as a perfect end to the meal. The Cassata was delectable layered with candied nuts fruits and nuts and covered entirely in almond marzipan.

Paris Brest

The Rome Meets Paris is an elegantly crafted menu that isn’t just serving the dishes of the two cuisines but putting forward a love story of both on a plate. It’s almost with a je ne sais quoi (Yes, I did learn French for a couple of months) feeling that I walked out after the dinner at Tuscany that night.

The Food Festival is on from 20th June to 3rd July 2016 at Tuscany, Trident Hyderabad for dinner.

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Shopping in Phoenix Market city is a hectic affair. You just want to let go and relax after a shopping spree and enjoy a delicious meal. We decided to do just that and Rainforest Resto Bar caught our eye.  The decor at the entrance brings out the “Experience the Amazon Rainforest” while you eat in true style.

As you enter Rainforest Resto Bar, leaving the humdrum of the mall chatter and to a fresh conversations inside Rainforest. The first thing  that hits you is the waterfall. The sound of the water and the soothing music lets you get acquainted with the surroundings. They scream rainforest jungle theme to their core with their delectable interiors, Huge tree behind the table and a perfect bar with an eclectic set up ambience. Now who wouldn’t want to ease into one of those chairs at the bar as the set music plays in the background with a drink in hand.

Rainforest Entrance

Expectations were a bit cliché when we were handed out the menu card. Seeing as to the setting we were in, the names of the dishes would be jungle-themed too? But that wasn’t case. Surprisingly it showcased a menu of exquisite Italian and Chinese dishes with a good set of cocktails and mocktails. Starting off with the drinks of the night, Cosmopolitan and Watermelon Margarita. They were served with a nice serving of the peanuts and the addictive cheeslings. The Cosmopolitan was a tad on the sweet side while the Margarita was strong and perfect, the way we like it.

Watermelon Cosmopolitan

The specialty of Rainforest Resto Bar has been the Chicken Angarey Kebabs. In a few minutes post our orders for the appetizers, the Chicken Angarey Kebabs had arrived. Now the ambience is a lot dark, but stealing a quick glance at the Kebabs and they looked juicy. And swish there was a ‘fire effect’ on top as the dish lit up. The fire effect makes up for the show factor of the dish and secondly imparts a nice flavor to the kebabs. It was a lot spicier than we expected it to be but the chicken was succulent and we were left craving for more.

A Visually Lit Up Angaarey Kebabs

Chicken Angaarey Kebabs

Next we decided to try some Seafood. Now who doesn’t love a good Prawn Cocktails. They are the perfect when shared round a table as you sip on your drinks. The Prawns Cocktails is another of Rainforest Resto Bar signature dishes and the presentation speaks for itself. Served along with Garlic Chili Mayo, the prawns were extremely juicy and melt in the mouth. The garlic Chili Mayo raised the bar for the dish and is the perfect accompaniment to the dish served.

Prawns Cocktail

Next up we moved on to some Italian and ordered the Penne Pasta in Aye Quattro Sauce with Rawas. The sauce was creamy and perfectly done and definitely hit the right notes. The rawas fish was cooked with delicate flavors and complemented the pasta sauce. This can actually be a complete meal as it fills your stomach with the sauce and the fish.

Moving on to the Chinese side of the menu, the Pan Fried Noodles in Oyster Sauce was brilliantly done. It is simple and yet played on the lines of elegance with the soulful crunchiness of the Pan Fried Noodles served with mixed vegetables. The chicken in the Oyster Sauce was the typical chinese flavor you’d expect and was appetizing.

Not much can go wrong with a Sizzling Brownie and it was a delicious end to a satisfying meal. The sizzle of the hot chocolate sauce as it was doused on the hot plate is music to the  happy ears. The brownie made in house with their own secret recipe was gooey, moist and deliciously done.  It was an unexpected good end to a Mall Day.

Sizzling Brownie

Taking a break in the jungle is a good idea after all. They have 3 different location where you can enjoy your meal. The setting is perfect for date nights too.

They have Happy Hours from 12 pm to 8 pm and a range of different offers every other day. Do look out for the special children’s menu.

Address : 3, Phoenix Market City, LBS Road, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
Phone : 022-30151019

Photo credit – FD Team –   Neishaa & Tara

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