Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Traditional and authentic Italian cuisine with a strong creative element

The decadently opulent Italian marble interior from Carrara has stood the test of time and this stunning Italian restaurant has become a hot spot Bengaluru destination. The buzzy show kitchen designed like an amphitheatre spreads its charm to the restaurant and lounge creating a dramatic effect and elevating the experience to the next level. I was mesmerised by the pearl chandeliers which create a classic ambience for an authentic Italian dining experience. One can choose from alfresco seating, tables around the kitchen or tables that are more private.

The culinary essence of Alba is authentic Italian cuisine with a strong creative element. Head Chef Bruno Ferrari has created a menu that also features a simplified range of comforting Italian classics along with his signature dishes using outstanding quality ingredients which changes with the seasons. Antipasti are innovative, such as ‘Burrata cheese (rather than the predictable Bononcini) served with tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil’, and a few other palate teasers. Less punchy but fresh and aromatic is the mushroom cream soup which manages to be thickly textured without over-dosing on cream. I also recommend the ‘Braised tenderloin cheek in Barolo wine, with black truffle and sautéed vegetables’, if you are entertaining. Your guests will be impressed with its just right succulence and flavours. Several ingredients like sauces and the breads are handmade giving the food a home-made, earthy and fresh feel. With certain recipes tracing back from Alba, the cuisine here finds its roots in tradition. The pasta dishes and mains do not disappoint and some such as the ‘Ravioletti Di Alba- Filled Tenderloin Pasta, Veal Jus’ are truly outstanding. Save a little room for the heavenly ‘Tiramisu’ made from home-made mascarpone cheese which enhances the flavour of this delicious dish to the tee. The chef sure does a smart job in sending out delicately wrought, full flavoured offerings. It is obvious that nothing is compromised here, from carefully engineered dishes, to impeccable service, the ambience is extremely Italian, and it definitely is a cut above the rest. Needless to add that being here is reason enough; soaking in the colonial grandeur of an elegant era while enjoying a selection of viands below reproach.  Good selection of beverages completes a memorable meal. All in all I would say Italian Fare that would surely impress even Mama Bruno! Buon Appetito!

Alba at the JW Marriott, 24/1, Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore.
For Reservations: +91 80 67188553
Dress Code: Smart Casuals
Meal for two: Approx. 3000 plus taxes.
Timings: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm (open only for dinner) - Closed on Monday.

Bruno has had a penchant for food since an early age. In his teenage years Bruno had enrolled himself at the renowned Institute of Hospitality Villa Santa Maria (Ch), in Italy. His desire to learn led him to work at the 5 Star Grand Hotel Berti in Silvi Marina for three years, where Bruno ran a team of 17 people for the first time. His first stint as an entrepreneur began at the age of 22, with his own restaurant Maiella, which earned him a review on the infamous Red Michelin Guide in just a short span of nine months of operations.
His dynamic nature and excellent creativity helps to keep himself constantly updated with the newest trends in the world of food. Bruno’s flexible personality with a “Can Do” attitude makes him an excellent trainer and good team player. His outgoing nature helps him communicate well with his guests. Before joining JW Marriott Bengaluru, Chef Bruno served as the Italian Chef at the Grand Hyatt, Dubai and Executive Italian Chef at the Castello di Montaldo Hotel Soul Farm, Italy.

 published in TLF