All about Food. B:9 Most of the blog will be about my various cooking experiments with some reviews of local restaurants thrown in once in a while. Reviews/food experiences from other place will be included also.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Massimo and the Ravioli

Last night the entire family invited our doctor friend and his family to dinner at the Italian restaurant Massimo in Sanur. We've gone there quite a few times in the past few months already because the food is just as good, if not better, than the more expensive The Village, which is just down the street from this restaurant. Apparently, Massimo, the chef and owner of the restaurant, was the chef of The Village before he took all of his recipes and opened his own place. This restaurant has very good value because the price is very, very reasonable and the food is very good. Oh, the complementary fried dough and super thin bread sticks are always good and fun!

Last night we ordered tons and tons of food (from appetizer all the way to gelato). Many were very good, but I'll just mention what I ordered instead to save some space in the blog. For appetizer we shared salmon on toast (I think they were calling that bruscetta but it's not really), pizza, caesar salad, and sausage with blobs of ricotta on toast. Wid and I had the salmon on toast before and it was really fresh and full of salmon flavor. Caesar salad was surprisingly light because it's not drenched in dressing. My favorite part of the salad was actually the thin slices of parmacean cheese. The sausage and ricotta on toast wasn't that awesome because they kind of skimp on the sausage. I'm not a big fan of ricotta anyway. The pizza was good, and we expected to be good because when I saw the cooks making the pizza at the front of the restaurant, they put generous portion of quality cheese on top. This is something you don't very often in Indo. Most of the cheese sold here are tasteless, smelly (in a bad way) crap.

For entree, I ordered the spinach and ricotta filled ravioli in tomato sauce. I was pleasantly surprised by the dish because the huge amount of spinach stuffed in each of the ravioli. Each bite was so full of spinach flavor that I think they made the mixture and stuffed the ravioli right before cooking it. I would definitely get this dish again.

For dessert I got the strawberry gelato. It was almost like a sorbet. The taste was decent, but it had a strange after taste. I think the other flavor I tried in a previous time was much better (chocolate kiss).

Overall we all ate way too much but everyone seemed to have a good time.

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