(Please note: This review was first published on Indian Food Freak)
The Mediterranean (Med) cuisine is majorly made up of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, wholegrain and olive oil. Let’s not skip the fact that this is considered one of the healthiest diets across the globe. Gradually, a lot of Mumbaikars have started adapting to the Med diet, including office goers. So, if you are one of them and if your office is situated in BKC, you know which restaurant I am referring to. This toddler Med restaurant focuses on eight cuisines from countries surrounding the Mediterranean sea with a goal to offer infinite options around the same theme.
Apart from the usual breakfast, lunch and dinner, Otto Infinito has a pick-up-and-go as well as a delivery option. I was at this spacious, softly-lit restaurant for lunch last week, and was welcomed with cheerful smiles. My companion and I settled in, and were pleasantly surprised to be offered freshly baked breads. The server is en route to every table with a basket of multigrain and seasame bread. The breads were soft and light, and served with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and herbed butter. An amazing start! I was handed the lunch menu, which surprisingly featured more veg recipes than non-veg. But Med cuisine is a lot about fresh food, so this menu is not a letdown.
Selecting a drink is never easy for me as there’s so much to choose from. However, we settled on a Bittersweet Martini (Limoncini, Campari, fresh lime, sugar) which was strong, and Otto Ginger Blend, a mix of fresh ginger, red chillies, vanilla, black pepper and lime soda. The latter was an excellent choice considering the rising temperature. It was all ginger-y!
So as it happens, we ate brilliantly at Otto Infinito. What I loved was the Harissa Spiced Prawn— Five flavourful prawns cooked in hot chilli sauce. Next to seduce my taste buds was the Chicken Lasagna. I couldn’t help but compare it to the lasagna that’s served at Candies in Bandra. It has a thin layer of batter and the minced chicken spreads its flavourful juices across the egg and spices. Lovely! Unlike the regular round pizzas, the Quattro Formaggi was a 12” X 10” square pizza. What I loved about this dish is that the crust did not get soggy even after 10 minutes. The Grilled Fish in Olive Oil and Italian lemon came on a bed of sautéed spinach and baby potatoes were its neighbours. I loved those cute and tiny unpeeled potatoes more than the black pomfret. The fish was grilled to perfection. This was all good. The only recipe that was not-so-good was the Balsamic Chicken and Green Apple Salad. We started off with this dish, but it didn’t have the same impact as the ones mentioned above. It was presented beautifully and reminded me of an aircraft. Four pieces of chicken were laid out like the wings of the aircraft, but it lacked taste, and was mainly lettuce. There was very little of green apple and chicken.
That was what I loved. This is what I loved the most – Hazelnut Baked Cheesecake. Before placing an order for dessert, I was tied between blueberry cheesecake and hazelnut cheesecake. I’m glad I chose the Hazelnut Baked Cheesecake. If you’re on diet, put it on hold! You must try this little delicacy. It was consistently delicious. On the other hand, we also ordered for a Hot Chocolate Mousse with Vanilla Ice Cream. This was served in an unusual manner. We were expecting both the ingredients in two different vessels, but surprise! Surprise! It was all mixed and served in an old-fashioned glass.
Otto Infinito is an elegant restaurant with beautiful interiors. I liked the lamps that were suspended from the ceiling. Italian and Arabic numbers topped the playlist. The restaurant can house around 150 hungry people – 100 inside and 50 outside. I would rate service 10 on 10. No 9.9! Every time my attendant, David, came to our table, the service was garnished with a smile. I like!