La Brezza, Greater NOIDA

[singlepic id=1727 w=80 h=92 float=left]It’s taken a while getting here and okay, so La Brezza isn’t really in NOIDA, but in Greater NOIDA… what the heck; at least this general area now has a half decent fine dining restaurant. If you’re a resident of NOIDA, the only other option you have to La Brezza is the most excellent (and probably more reasonably priced) Roadhouse Bar & Grill at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Mayur Vihar. Located in Jaypee Golf and Spa Resort in Greater NOIDA, La Brezza is a fine dining Italian restaurant with… 43 covers in an area that any other restaurant would have packed at least 80. The ground floor houses a wine bar and the first floor, the restaurant.

[singlepic id=2384 w=320 h=240 float=left]Overlooking fine views of sprawling green grounds, La Brezza offers a small but well selected bill of fare to it’s (well heeled) patrons along with a very acceptable 125 label wine cellar from which a sparkling, red Lambrusco is served as a welcome drink to guests. A young and sprightly wine, it surprised me with its lightness and I’m sure will put you into the right mood for the lovely food that’s to follow. Try the red bubbly with the amuse bouche, in my case, arancini, whilst perusing the menu.

Arancini is a ball of arborio rice, stuffed within and coated with breadcrumbs and deep fried. Stuffings can vary; meats, vegetables, cheeses or a combination of the three – everything goes.

In the mood for a light repast that evening, I decided to stick with a platter of Salumi (895++) and go with the Meat of the Day, a Rib Eye Steak (2999++) that evening, for the main course. Expensive! I also sampled a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2009 by Zonin (more), a Chianti Classico 2007 by Castello di Bossi (more) and two others, notable among them, a Barolo, often described as one of Italy’s greatest wines.

The Salumi platter arrived with portions of Salami Napoli, Parma Ham, Chicken Mortadella and Speck, served with stone ground mustard, white onion marmalade and fig marmalade. If wines interest you, you must try this platter when at La Brezza and exult in the different notes resulting from different combinations of meats and condiments, an engrossing exercise I had a great deal of fun indulging in.

I have yet to see more informed service, especially with respect to wines. I described the kind of wine I wanted… and was promptly handed a glass of liquid that met most of my specifications. How good is that?

[singlepic id=2383 w=320 h=240 float=right]My main course was excellent… exactly what I asked for; a well done black Angus rib eye steak. This steak was done just the way I asked and served with polenta mixed mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables.

The bread at La Brezza is the best I’ve tasted in NOIDA and one of the best in the Delhi/NCR area. When there, tear off a hunk of mini-baguette, dip it into some olive oil and you’ll know why I rejoice so.

Dessert was a light, airy and mildly sweet Panna Cotta e Amaretto (425); nice.

Despite the high prices, La Brezza does it’s best to deliver in the form of sheer opulence, great service and food that is what it claims to be. You really should visit it at least once and make an occasion of it if you must.

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By Sid Khullar

Sid Khullar is a wellness coach who works with different aspects of lifestyle change towards the accomplishment of goals such as weight loss and blood sugar management among other health situations that require the presence of specialised, precise diets and lifestyle change. His methods address aspects of food, nutrition and the mind.