Lucca brings together the Italian region of Tuscany with a Mediterranean-hearted influenced brought by Chef Giovanni, originally from the island of Sardinia.
New Menu Dishes: Culurgiones (traditional stuffed ravioli from Sardinia), Risotto ai Funghi, Tagliata di Filetto alla Fiorentina.
Our preview of the new menu items was preset by Chef Giovanni. We were served two antipasti to share: Capesante Scottate on Vellutata di Cavolfiori and Carpaccio di Tonno, Salmone Affumicato. Four pan-seared sea scallops were served on creamy cauliflower puree, drizzled with pesto, with a very subtle drop of truffle oil and sprinkled with walnuts. The freshness of the sea scallop was unbeatable, they were sweet and tender, a simple yet elegant dish.
Our second antipasti was the Carpaccio di Tonno, Salmone Affumicato, a duo of tuna carpaccio and smoked salmon dusted with red caviar and an amazing flower honey dressing accompanied by avocado sauce and a little green salad. Next came the mains, Grisaliata Mista di Pesce con Risotto al Limone and the chef’s special Tagliata di Filetto alla Fiorentina. The Lemon Risotto was outstanding and perfectly complemented the mix of seafood; grilled prawns, seabass, scallops and calamari – that accompanied it.
Our second main was a long tender cut of American tenderloin cooked medium rare served with potato fondant, grilled red onion and oven baked garlic that makes it seems like butter. The cut of the meat itself was premium and the paired ingredients it was served with just enhanced its flavor and juiciness. We could not leave without rewarding our sweet tooth with two deserts. Semifreddo Gianduia and a lovely tangy Mousse al Limone capped off by two espressos. A perfect afternoon brunch.
Other Menu Options that Appealed & Beverages Available
We are curious about the Stuffed Ravioli, one of the chef’s signature dishes, and we would love to come back for a pizza by the pool. They looked very appetizing coming out of the wood oven. Cold and hot beverages are offered at a fully-fledged bar.
Décor & Ambience
The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the hotel overlooking the patio and pool. The interior has a Tuscany classic feel, dark wooden tables, red leather chairs, wall paintings of idyllic Italian scenery and large glass Murano style drop chandeliers.
Social Distancing and Hygiene Standards
Kempinski has taken this matter to the highest standards. The restaurant tables are set apart from a safe distance. The tables are equipped with hand sanitizers and the table is only set up when the clients are seated, meaning glasses and plates are not exposed beforehand and cutlery is served pre-packed in plastic wrapping. The staff is also wearing masks.
Clientele Mix: Hotel guests, fine diners, couples.
Price Range: Higher end which would be expected of a 5 stars hotel.
Worth Noting: Available for take away.
Opening hours: 12 pm to midnight.
Address: Royal Maxim Palace Hotel – Kempinski New Cairo.
Tel: 02 2249 5300