Quick Bytes: Italian Fiesta at Radisson Blu Banjara Hills

Hyderabad has a number of Italian restaurants both in fine dine and casual dine category, and the food lovers of Hyderabad are pretty familiar with this cuisine. To add to the experience Chill Restaurant and Terrace at Radisson Blu Banjara Hills is organizing an Italian food promotion named Italian Fiesta. Sous Chef Thejeswara Rao, who is an expert in this cuisine is curating this festival.

Seafood
The Seafood at the Fest

Invited for a preview of the festival, we had a detailed discussion with the chef regarding the various fine nuances of Italian cuisine. He told us that the festival menu includes not only authentic delicacies but also certain Indo-Italian experimentations. To give an example, one of the starters for the day was Basil Fish Tikka, where a basil based Italian marination was used for the Indian tikka.

Cold Cut
Cold meat starters

The promotion had a huge spread of cold meat and seafood which I found extremely attractive. Parma Ham, Pork Mortadella, Cured Chorizo, Prawn in Olive Sauce, Squids, and Basil Fish were some of them. There was quite a large selection of bread like Focaccia and Ciabatta, as well as varieties of cheese and olive oil for the patrons to prepare their own sandwiches. There was a live counter making homemade pasta and pizzas.

The Bread Counter
The Bread Counter

After satiating myself with the cold meat, I tried out the two soups of the day. The vegetarian Minestrone was a bit too light and tasteless, whereas Zuppa De Pollo, a thicker chicken soup was just superb. With the soups, we tried out the starters Babycorn Pepper Pesto Shashlik and Basil Fish Tikka. Both were decent, though I missed some hardcore Italian antipasti like crostinis or bruschettas in the menu.


Veg and NonVeg Pizzas

Next, it was wood fired pizza time. Both the vegetarian and the chicken pizzas were quite good, with thin crust base and abundant toppings. We tried a few variations of pasta too from the live counter and Penne Pasta in Arrabiata sauce stood out.

Pollo Di Parmigiana Basilico
Pollo Di Parmigiana Basilico

Among the main courses, my pick was a seafood preparation, Aglio Cioppino. This had prawns and squids and a thick garlic based stew. Pollo de Parmigiana Basilico or a chicken preparation with tomatoes and cheese was another dish worth trying.

Ratatouille Stuffed Bell Peppers
Ratatouille Stuffed Bell Peppers

The vegetarian dish, Ratatouille Stuffed Bell Peppers had a nice presentation. I especially liked the tomato based sauce in which they were served. Cipollini Balsamico, or baby onions in Balsamic dressing, and Vegetable Patties mounted with Bocconcini Cheese were the other veg dishes on offer.

Bread Platter

We ended our meal with some Tiramisu.

Tiramisu
Tiramisu


It is commendable that Chef Teja has showcased some uncommon dishes at the festival. I liked the concept of Indo-Italian fusion too. The promotion is part of the usual buffet, which means that apart from the Italian food there are many other items on the menu. The festival is on only for dinner till 23rd May and is priced at Rs 1250 plus taxes.

Location:
Chill Restaurant and Terrace
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
Road No 6, Banjara Hills
Hyderabad
Telephone: 40673 31133

Disclaimer: The review is based on an invite from the restaurant.



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