Sicilia is what I would describe as a modern tavern with rustic charm. Dim lights, relaxed seating with wooden tables, wine bottles on the top of wooden barrels, all add to the ambiance.
Luckily this invite was on a weekend so I was completely relaxed and calm which is exactly what is needed for Italian food. The restaurant is easy to find, located on ground floor right beside Chor Bazaar at Movenpick Hotel Ibn Batutta. The hotel lobby has 88 arabic lanterns, its a breathtaking view!
Coming back to Sicilia, the menu is limited but consists choice of pastas, pizzas and desserts that can all be paired well. Before we place our order, our server brings a huge Margerita pizza. Perplexed as we hadnt ordered one, the server was quick to read my thoughts and explained that its from the chef and pointed at the kitchen window where Chef Marcello waved back at us. Isn’t that the sweetest gesture ever?
Munching on some delicious pizza and their complimentary brioche bread, we set to order our appetizers. I chose the Tropea Onion Confit with aged goat cheese, pear and pistachios while my guest chose to have Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomato Salad served alongside taggiascho olives. The Confit onion that was topped with goat’s cheese which is an acquired taste but personally I love it! The Buffalo Mozzerella salad was fresh and brought out the flavors of Italian tomatoes.
For our mains we wanted to focus on Pastas so I opted for the Gnochetti Asparagus & Moliterno fondue and my guest wanted to try risotto which he is crazy about. However the menu doesn’t have any vegetarian risotto option. We highlighted this to our server, she swiftly consulted the chef and came back to us stating that it will be prepared as per our liking. Few minutes later our table was filled with waft of cheese, there was my Gnochetti and my guest’s option, Asparagus and mushroom risotto. The quantity for the prices is a bit less but there has absolutely been no compromise on the quality of ingredients. I preferred my guest’s risotto more than my gnochetti. Both dishes were creamy and cheesy and delicious!
Coming to the desserts, I was recommended the chef’s special Apple Rennete and my guest opted for Hot Gianduja Chocolate Cheesecake. Honestly I am not an apple fan but my dessert was spot on! The dessert contained trio of elements such as apple fritter, apple pie ice cream which actually tasted like ice cream and apple gateaux, all tied with Calvados cream. The Hot Gianduja Chocolate Cheesecake was presented a very quirky manner, it was in a deep plate with meringue resembling a mushroom. It was delicious and rich of chocolate! Gianduja is a well known Italian chocolate brand and the cheesecake was a perfect rendition to it.
Post our meal, the sous chef, Mr Marcello explained us how the menu has been created. The restaurant’s head chef , Chef Stephano wants to provide a unique dining experience to all. The food is comforting and the chefs are ready to accommodate diners who have specific dietary requirements such as vegan/vegetarian. Though he personally prefers diners to enjoy Chef Stephano’s creations as they are.
I am surprised at how low the ratings are for Sicilia at Zomato. I really feel that this place is a hidden gem and a must try for those who crave authentic Italian food paired with some fantastic selection of wines. There is something beautiful about the rustic decor and dim lights that I loved a lot. Chef wanted to transport diners to Sicily in Italy and he was successful at it! The restaurant is always filled with tourists and those celebrating special occasions, therefore its recommended to book well in advance.
Contact them on 04 4445613 for bookings.