I went to this place on Saturday with a friend of mine and I've learnt a lesson: don't order dishes other than pasta here, the quantity may dampen your spirits! However, the setting is almost perfect, with chairs and tables lined up like in a street side cafe in Paris or Milan with the cobbled pavement look atop UB city. Let me start from the beginning.
When we got there, we weren't attended to. We waited a full 2 or more minutes, scanning the place for empty seats, before asking a waiter if we could occupy a table that was empty. Ok, weekend, they were a bit busy, but if you wanna be the best, act like the best. The complementary bread and dip served was very fresh and soft and was perfect. I ordered the mixed salad, while my friend had the soup of the day (spinach & garlic). While the soup was good (nothing special, but it tasted good), the mixed salad left me with mixed feelings. It was a little too green for my liking (I know, salad, but what the heck), and when the menu said it had goat cheese, I thought there would be more than just one 1 inch piece! But no, that's all there was. It did taste nice though, so I guess that's redemption of some sorts.
This place has a Rs 325 buffet that allows you to choose a started and a main course, and a Rs 400 buffet that allows you to select a starter, a main course and a dessert. We chose the latter. They also have the options of selecting items off the menu without opting for the buffet. For main course, I had the roasted tenderloin, while my friend had the chef's special pepper steak. Now, I've watched a lot of Top Chef on AXN and know fine dining food portions when I see it. Although the dishes tasted very good (the tenderloin was tender and juicy and tasted amazing, while the pepper steak was, at best, quite good) the portions served were so small, my face shrunk to the size of the piece of meat served. For pictures, you can check my blog, the link is provided below. We were forced to order another dish, which we shared. We ordered a pasta, a tagliatelle with chicken, mushrooms, olives and asparagus. This not only had quality, it had quantity too. It tasted very good, and it was filling too. Hurray!!! Hence, order pasta if you want to be 'full', while those happy with a light lunch can settle for the non pasta dishes. Another slightly dissappointing thing was that the waiter never came on his own to fill our glasses with water, we had to specifically call him. Again, maybe the place was crowded and they were busy, but come on, that can't be an excuse.
Onto the desserts, and the mango pannacotta that I had was heavenly, while the chocolate kahlua mousse my friend had was also fabulous. Both the desserts had fabulous presentations and we were almost heartbroken to put our forks into the dish and spoil its looks. All the same, they tasted great. The only reason Im giving 4 and not 3 stars to this place is because they served good food which would meet the standards one would expect while paying the kind of money you need to over here, but a lil courtesy with the seating and filling of glasses , and also the portions of the non-pasta dishes would need to be addresses for a better rating. But as the previous reviewer said, it's a perfect place for a lazy afternoon lunch. For pictures, go to http://gastronomicalgspot.blogspot.com/2008/08/toscano.html