Sampling food at a new restaurant is always an exciting outing especially when the menu is an exotic fusion of European, Mediterranean and all round global influence. And when the space is as relaxed, comfortable, stylish and full of character as Aioli, then nothing else matters except to savour the unique food fare.
Last Thursday for the launch of Aioli’s new lunch menu, the Express was welcomed by host, Leslie-Ann John and Chef John Aboud who revealed his sophisticated menu which features a choice of pasta including Pasta Poulet Y Pesto, a creation of fussili pasta tossed in a pesto cream with moist chicken cubes; pasta di funghi, pappardelle pasta tossed with exotic mushrooms, cream, Parmagiano Reggiano and truffle; pasta Alla Marinara, a fettuccini pasta tossed with fresh garlic, shallots, marinara and cherry tomatoes garnished with Parmagiano Reggiano and micro basil.
The lunch menu offers various noteworthy choices -- when it comes to fries there is truffle fries, which features crispy truffle infused shoestring french fries. And then there’s the tuscan fries, which is extra crisp baton cut french fries tossed in garlic chevril butter and shaved parmagiano reggiano.
Aioli’s sandwiches offer three hearty options — Lousiana Po Boy on Ciabatta bread layered with fresh fried oysters; Cajun Aioli, caper remoulade, butter lettuce, tomato and pickle made its mark. The memorable sandwich with its generous serving of oysters couldn’t be more heavenly. Then there was the Aioli Club created with white Focaccia Bread layered with avocado, sliced turkey, sliced chicken, dehydrated bacon, Dijon mustard, lettuce and tomato. Rueben, created with rye bread layered with corned beef pastrami, swiss cheese, sauerkraut with Thousand Island dressing.
Although sophisticated, Chef Aboud described his new lunch menu as simple for clients “on the go”. “I call the overall concept of Aioli’s menu as a Mediterranean and global fusion. So there is a taste of France, Italy and Spain. A lot of people tend to hear Mediterranean and think that it’s Arabic but there is also a global aspect so you will get Japanese and Asian as well. It’s a simple menu that you can come in for lunch and be out in half an hour to 45 minutes,” Aboud said.