WHAT: Pistachio cheese-cake, Bell’Elen, Lemon and Meringue pastry and Mandarin Jelly with Pumpkin Froth mini pastry by Ai Banchi
WHY: I finally undertsand what a VIP feels like and how annoying it can get to be ceaselessly stopped by people. The beauty of my son is letting me experience it. Could not imagine I had to calculate at least 10 minutes extra every time I go grocery shopping and from 3 to 5 stops when taking a walk in the city center. Old women are the majority, but I can’t really exclude any category: men, boys, girls, kids, butchers, bar tenders, clerks, bankers, etc. Everyone stops us to congratulate for his beauty, then they ask for age, weight, gender (?). Most of them suggest to propose him as a baby model for some commercial or just exclaim: “he looks like the babies in the advertising!” Which one I don’t know. Anyway, since my celebrity is the spin-off of my son’s celebrity, I decided I could afford to go to this 2 MICHELIN stars spin-off restaurant, the one for less rich customers than the original one. Here I am trying pastries and cakes: l proceeded by sizes and started with the Mandarin Jelly with Pumpkin Froth mini pastry – the jelly was too gummy, may be because of the time and the small size, while the pumpkin foam was too little to sense the flavor; it was just a decorative thing. Went on with the Lemon and Meringue pastry – smooth and delicate, a romantic taste; the lemon custard espoused the meringue with sensuality while the shell was fresh and buttery, fragrant and glorious! The Bell’Elen not really a “Elen” one – I would have expected a crunchier crust and a sharper white custard and a less solid chocolate cream ganache; still, when eating the layers all together they yelled on my tongue “oh my God!”. Grand final, Pistachio cheese-cake – an explosion of pistachio and may be some lemon, with a very well camouflaged crust; pistachio grains on top were just the right crunchy compromise to remind you of the nut itself. As my companion said: “ a trip!”. Only the cost of my green thee was a burglary, but real VIPS don’t mind the price, right?