Chef Omar Ugoletti is the Chef de Cuisine at Shangri-la Bangkok’s Angelini, a 12 time winner of “Bangkok’s Best Italian Restaurant”. He holds court at Edsa Shangri-la’s Paparrazzi for two weeks from Mar. 10-23, showcasing a compact menu of his specialties.
The limited menu contains only 20 items but features some of Chef Ugoletti‘s signature home made Italian dishes. Irene and I got a taste of some of the dishes.
Irene had the Amberjack Carpaccio with Mango and Papaya Flower, touch of Lime (P990), a plate of whimsy and color. The fresh flavors of the amberjack is enhanced by the sweetness of the mangoes and the citrus kick of the lime. A wonderful and light starter to ready the palate.
I decided to be more adventurous by having the rabbit, Slow Cooked Rabbit Saddle with Eggplant Caponata, Chickpea and Red Wine Reduction (P450). I’ve had this scary image burned in my mind after seeing the whole rabbit being sold in a market in Barcelona. I was expecting it to be quite gamey but upon trying it tasted like a clean piece of pork. The roasted eggplants added a soft smokiness when eaten together with the rabbit.
Another antipasti option is the Giardino di Aragosta con Gelatina al Pomodoro (P1800). An arrestingly beautiful plate lobster salad that seems like summer exploded on a plate with beautiful hues.
Irene had the Pan Fried Scallop Wrapped in Lardo on Onion Soup (P480). She found the onion soup a bit too sweet for her taste but I on the other hand, enjoyed it.
Sometimes the most unassuming things are the best like the Homemade Strozzapreti with Mantis Prawn, Cherry Tomato and Star Anise (P995). Strozzapreti are long and tube like, hand rolled so no two are exactly alike and made with rice flour sans eggs. The texture is stiffer than the regular pasta and with the sweet mantis meat and tangy pop of the cherry tomatoes.
For the entree, Irene chose the 16 Hour Slow Cooked Roast Pork with Red Cabbage, Shallots and Potatoes (P995) upon the recommendation of Chef Omar. The meat was very tender but not mushy and had lots of herbs stuffed in the middle that reminded me of a lechon. I polished off the sweet red cabbage salad not because I love cabbage but it was a great contrast to the strong flavors of the pork.
I picked a lighter main course, the Pan Fried Sea Bass with Artichoke Chips and Mint Sauce (P1250). Irene saw my plate and swapped our main courses. I just had a bit of the too die for crispy skin that I ate together with piece of the buttery soft sea bass.
We were quite stuffed from all the savory food but we needed a bit of sugar to wash it away. We shared the Traditional Sicilian Cassata with Strawberry Ice Cream (P280), a beautifully plated dish that we were hesitant to even touch. The cassata are those two white blocks that are a thick cream enveloping candied fruits and nuts. It was creamy and some of the fruits provide a bit of
Hurry and experience the delicious flavors and exquisite plating of Chef Omar Ugoletti. He’s only be at Paparazzi until March 23 if not you’ll have to fly all the way to Bangkok.