Tres Magnifique at Raj Pavilion, ITC Windsor
What is my idea of a little luxury on a daily basis? It would have a lot to do with having a glass of wine with every meal and nobody knows it better than the French. Whenever I think French, I think about my extended family and when it comes to food- French cuisine. French cuisine is about panache, layers of flavors and every bite being more enjoyable than the last.
Not too long ago, I was treated to a lovely dining experience at The Promenade in Pondicherry- the chef had curated a special menu featuring popular dishes from various regions of France. It left a lasting impression on my palate and I knew I could enjoy more of this cuisine.
Well, that craving (if I may say so) was quenched this past week when I was invited to ITC Windsor for a French cuisine fare called Tres Magnifique. ITC Windsor- part of ITC hotel’s luxury collection- is possibly the most elegant and unmatched 5-star property in Bangalore and Tres Magnifique is being carried out at ITC Windsor’s round-the-clock coffee shop, Raj Pavilion.
You will also see interactive live stations serving soufflé, sweet and savoury crepes and croque madame amongst others. I was invited to a tasting session last Wednesday and I was stoked at the idea of being able to indulge in French cuisine again. We were served a couple of dishes- sort of a 4-course meal, so to speak. It started with Vichyssoise- a creamy soup made of boiled and puréed leeks and potatoes. Then came the Vol-au-vent aux champignons- roughly a puff pastry filled with Mushrooms, Mesclun salad and orange vinaigrette.
The Ratatouille de légumes was just amazing- right from the way it was plated to the way it tasted- shear culinary ingenuity by jr. Sous Chef Soni Kumari Rana. Then came the Souffle- another popular French dish and this was served with a delectable Paprika cream sauce. But, without a doubt- my favorite has to be the Coq au vin- a dish prepared with braised chicken, potato and served in a bed of red wine jus. The chicken was cooked to perfection (falling off the bone) and the red wine jus was exquisite; so much so that I ordered another portion.
For dessert, we were served Tarte Tatin Aux Pommes – an Apple tart with Berry sauce, Cocoa streusel, Torched meringues & Caramel sauce. The Tarte Tatin Aux Pommes was literally the cherry on the cake- to a truly delightful dining experience. It was my first visit to ITC Windsor, let alone a tasting session at one of their in-house restaurants (or cafes). It seems, there is a saying that be it your first visit or if you’re a regular, you can always expect a stellar dining experience at the ITC Windsor. I can second to that; in addition to being able to vouch for the dishes served at Tres Magnifique.
The Tres Magnifiure is on till the 15th Of December and will be a part of their dinner buffet which is priced at a reasonable ₹1995 (plus taxes).