‘ All four elements were happening in equal measure – the cuisine, the wine, the service, and the overall ambience. It taught me that dining could happen at a spiritual level. ’
– Charlie Trotter
We have all faced the annoying argument of where to go for lunch or dinner with everyone rooting for a different cuisine; and sometimes our midnight craving of food that’s not in our fridge can be the absolute worst. Well, White charcoal is here to put an end to these dilemmas.
White Charcoal is a fine dine, multi-cuisine restaurant that is open 24 x 7 … yup ! You read right ! You can avail of any cuisine from all around the world whenever you want it .
Drawing inspiration from then unsettling & untouched ashes of burning coal, the interiors of White charcoal stay true to their muse with strong black & white pillars illuminated with scarlet lights along with an ashy ceiling with a crimson twinkle.
We got a chance to visit this beautiful restaurant for a Five course meal with each course representing a different cuisine. First Course
Tom Kha Soup, Thai Cuisine
A delicious interplay of quintessential Thai ingredients namely coconut milk, broth, ginger & lemon grass was what constituted our first course. The aroma of the soup was enough to excite our taste buds and every sip of the rich-spicy soup was relished.
Back in history, somewhere around the late 19th century, Tom Kha was NOT a soup. In fact, Tom Kha was a dish made with chicken or duck simmered in a light coconut broth with oodles of galangal, served with a basic roasted chilli jam as a dipping relish. Second Course
Chevre and Rucola Salad, French cuisine
For our second course, we had a simple yet powerful Chevre and Rucola Salad. Made with soft-salty Chevre ( French Goat cheese ) , Pungent Rucola leaves, sprouts, juicy watermelon, olives, tomato, lettuce, in a vinaigrette dressing with a crisp on top; this salad definitely had a volley of flavours and textures. We did enjoy the salad but could have done with a little more watermelon to break the sharp flavour of the Rucola. Third Course
Nawabi Galouti & Lucknowi Galouti, Indian cuisine
An ingenious invention stemming from the need to satiate the meat craving of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Lucknow is now a delicacy of the Indian cuisine.
White charcoal not only served us some meat Galouti but also some very interesting vegetarian twists made from Banana, Beet root & our favourite of the evening – Mushroom. Now with the Galouti came with two dips a Pudina chutney & a garlic curd dip…. well… we licked the garlic curd bowl clean… ! Fourth Course
Lasagne Rustic Alle Verdure, Italian cuisine
This was the dish of the evening that everyone couldn’t stop raving about… till date ! Drool worthy sauces playing hide and seek amidst soft sheets of pasta and mince meat.
The pasta was perfectly cooked while the sauces kept the dish moist and a treat for the tastebuds. A must have.
The lasagna also comes with a bread basket filled with delicious varieties of bread. Our favorite from the mix was Focaccia. Fifth Course
Tres leches, Mexican Cuisine
Tres Leches translating directly to Three Milks, is a sponge cake actually made by soaking a sponge cake in three types of milk. The cake was tucked under a thick layer of whipped cream and a piece of the seasonal king fruits. We found the consistency & texture of the cake a bit too mushy compared to the Tres Leches we have had before
We all have our food pet peeves and the staff is more than happy to customize any dish as per your preference. For any reason if you don’t find something that you like on the menu, you can make a request and the team will try to make it with the ingredients available in the kitchen any time of the day or any time of the night. Sound like quite a dream right ? So don’t forget to visit the gem that is The White Charcoal at The Empresa Hotel. For more pictures : https://www.instagram.com/everythingonaplate/ Review on Zomato : https://www.zomato.com/everythingonaplate