The interiors of Solo restaurant welcome you with a warm embrace with its eclectic ambience, dim lit interiors and wooden bricked walls giving it a rustic touch and feel. Apart from its gigantic wall sized mirrors (hey we ladies aint complaining) and exquisite paintings, Solo also boasts a wine cellar for perfect pairings with your meal, making this restaurant quite the romantic spot and even perfect for a dinner with family and friends with its various dining spaces.
For starters, the highlight of the evening was carpaccio di manzo presented in an elegant setting, thinly sliced beef decorated with the rich flavor of rucola, shaved parmesan, black truffle and a drizzle of lemon perfecting the amount of freshness, tanginess and flavor and when served with italian white bread, makes for a perfect accompaniment to truly enjoy this flavorful appetizer.
The main course highlights were the spade scottato, seared swordfish with a dollop of bean puree and a dressing of ciambatta lucana style bell peppers. The fish meat is firm in texture and quite meaty in nature with a mild flavor and complements the flavor of the simplicity of bean puree and the bustling freshness of the bell peppers.
My love for seafood continues with the salmon in crosta di patate – a finely grilled potato crusted salmon steak seasoned well with the feathery lightness of liguria olives and a refreshing burst of rich and flavorful cherry tomato sauce making it an impressive main dish as the salmon meat is soft and packed with some great flavor as it melts easily onto your palate.
No italian meal is complete without the creaminess of pasta and having said that, we decided to try something out different from the extremely knowledgeable staff who knew to the point details about the dishes. The risotto nero al fruitti di mare was definitely a pleasant winner – a dish made of squid ink risotto with a meld of mixed seafood with lobster foam encircling the dish and a touch of decorative gold leaf. The dish had a perfect balance of creaminess and lightness with a mild and fragrant flavor to entice the palate.
As we made our way to the desserts, the chef definitely put on a show with some fireworks with the well executed presentation of the zuccotto which is a dome like structure to which fire is lit only to unfurl a beautiful sight- a frozen chocolate dessert with dual layers of crispy amaretti biscuits and creamy ice cream mousse and that is not the end of it – Delicious and vibrant cherries are submerged artistically into the innermost core being the perfect element of surprise to this beautiful looking dessert.
For a true taste of Italian cuisine with some beautiful and soulful italian tunes and amazing dishes, Solo only aims to please your palate with its knowledgeable staff who are efficient in service and instagram worthy nooks and corners from colorful bull head walls to graceful italian artwork!