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Updated about 22hrs ago

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What Sue's Place lacks in terms of high style and decor, its smiling owner makes up for with her warm welcome and passion for cooking. Expect flavours from the sunny Caribbean here. Sue cooks up Dal Puri and Tobago-style Crab for her clientele. For lunch, it's a buffet with a spread of salads, breads and main course items. Also popular are Sue's weekend feasts when she serves specials like Jerk Chicken. Don't look for too much style and you can eat happily here for a reasonable price.

Updated about 23hrs ago

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There is something inherently elegant about Italian food without being fussy and Alba, the specialty restaurant at JW Marriott, offers diners the best of Italian and Tuscan hospitality. It takes a few visits to discover the finer nuances of this restaurant, which has stunning interiors, but its well worth it.

Décor

Designed like an amphitheatre with a show kitchen, the ambience is quite dramatic and adds to the overall experience. The décor comprises of Italian marble interiors from Carrara as well as pearl chandeliers. Guests may choose from alfresco seating, tables around the kitchen or tables that are more private. Regardless, you are in for a visual treat along with a culinary one.

Food

Our dinner was flagged off with a selection of cold cuts, cheeses and roasted vegetables as antipasti, paired with freshly baked bread and followed by a generous portion of Insalata Alba — seasonal greens, artichokes, rocket, green apple, sundried tomatoes and gorgonzola dressing. An unusual and incredibly delicious Schiacciata al Rosmarino Con Prosciutto Crudo e Mozzarella was served as a complimentary side and we are still unable to conclude if it was a pizza or an ultra-thin focaccia sandwich. An abundance of pasta followed — Ravioli of spinach and ricotta, Ravioletti di Alba Tenderloin dressed with veal jus and a Rigatoni Carbonara with Pancetta. All were good, but then how can you go wrong with predictable pastas? Duck is tricky to get right though, but their Tortelloni Di Anatra, Crema Di Spinaci and Aria Di Parmigiano was just perfect. The main course of Guancia Brasata Al Barolo e Tartufo (braised cheeks in Barolo wine and truffles) was also delectable. Chef Antonello from Tuscany is very proud of his home-style cooking and local lad Chef Ganesh Teli loves to notch up the food a little higher by giving it a modern twist and presentation. From desserts, we chose the Nutella-infused Tiramisu and a serving of Bunet Pimontese (Amaretto chocolate pudding), with the latter having us wish for more. This was followed by small helpings of gelato in four flavours, of which the pistachio gelato made us very happy as it was a perfect blend of salt and sweet, smooth and crunchy. Their newly-launched Sunday brunch has a spectacular spread with bubbly Prosecco, Sangrias, freshly-made pasta, selected cheese, roasts… the works! Top this with live music and you have a deal at Rs 1,499 - Rs 1,999, plus taxes.

Service

As with most popular places, service can get strained, especially on weekends.

Plus and minus

With very good quality Italian food with high-end interiors, this is the ideal place to celebrate and the VFM Sunday brunch just makes it sweeter.

Must Try

Schiacciata, Tortelloni Di Anatra and Bunet Pimontese

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