The Lombard: ‘True northern Italian cooking in the heart of Amman’

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The Lombard’s ‘Carpaccio di Anatra’. (Photo: Mario Junior Appiani/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Lombard, the new Italian restaurant in GrandHyatt Amman, is named after the northern region Lombardia in Italy. اضافة اعلان

The restaurant’s design and architecture resemble the iconic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in the heart of Milano, one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, famous for its glass-vaulted arcades and beautiful mosaic floors.

When you step into The Lombard from the outdoor terrace, you cannot help but notice the prominent steel and glass structure and the beautiful open space elegantly decorated in a 1920-30s style, along with marble and gold elements.

A very welcoming host showed me to my table and gave me the menu, followed by a brief but clear description of the style of the restaurant. While reviewing the menu, freshly baked ciabatta bread and grissini sticks were served with a side of fresh tomato sauce and another of extra virgin olive oil. 

The menu offers a wide variety of traditional Italian cooking, focusing on signature northern delicacies and exemplar dishes like the classic “Pinsa Boscaiola”; porcini mushrooms with truffle cream and Taleggio cheese, the “Cotoletta all Milanese”; traditional veal Milanese with roasted potatoes, or the “Ossobuco all Milanese”; slow cooked veal Ossobuco with saffron risotto.

As a starter, I ordered the “Carpaccio di Anatra”, a bed of thinly sliced smoked duck carpaccio, with a topping of fennel, radish, and greens salad brilliantly balanced by green apple mustard. The dish will get to your table covered with a glass dome, to keep the smoke inside, and as soon as the waiter removes it, all your senses are immediately engaged. It is a must-try dish if you have the chance to eat at The Lombard. The duck literally melts in your mouth with that elegant tone of smokiness and the combination of the greens and the apple mustard beautifully rinse and clean your palate.

The other starter I ordered was the “Frittura di pesce”; deep fried calamari and prawns served with fresh lemon slices. A dish more typical of southern Italy, but undeniably always a pleasure to enjoy when perfectly executed, distinguished by just the right crunchiness on the outside and tenderness on the inside.

My main course was the “Risotto alla Milanese.” The chef did an absolutely fantastic job of keeping the roots of this dish as authentic as possible. Presented in a steel pan, the creamy saffron risotto was perfectly cooked, and the roasted bone marrow on the side completed the plate impeccably. Frankly, it has been years since the last time I had the pleasure of savoring a risotto so beautifully done.

To end my Italian lunch as an Italian would do, I ordered an espresso, but the waiter suggested the moka instead. The bartender arrived with a trolley of coffee beans, grinders and moka pots, and began describing the different blends of coffee from which I could choose. After I made my choice, he grinded the coffee beans, placed the powder in the moka pot to brew and after a few minutes (as I started hearing the coffee coming out and smelling its aroma) I was served a perfect cup of moka coffee. 

As my first visit to the newly opened restaurant, I was absolutely impressed by all its elements.

The décor and style of the restaurant is elegant, warm, and welcoming at the same time, and the menu offers many dishes to let you experience a true northern Italian cuisine in the heart of Amman. 

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