Food : Trivandrum Rating : 4/5 Stars

Supreme Upper Crust – Pot Roast Chicken

First of all, this was supposed to be the second post in my Pizza Trail series as Upper Crust is known as one of the best Italian restaurants in Trivandrum and hence definitely a strong candidate for Pizza Trail… However, to my utter dissapointment, the manager informed me that they stopped doing pizzas due to issues with their equipment… However, instead of Pizzas, they have a few additions to their menu, in their platters section… So, I decided to try one of those anyways…

So, among the new options, I chose their Pot Roast Chicken with Chateubriand Sauce as the main course and ofcourse I just had to have their Seafood Chowder as well…

And ofcourse to wash it all down, I took their Litchie and Strawberry Smoothie… As usual, it came served in a milk bottle as can be seen in the pics below…

This is indeed a very rich smoothie with a very rich presence of Litchies and Strawberries… Its my favourite drink to have at this place and its my usual choice…

I had written earlier about the Seafood Chowder here and having those fond memories of having it before pretty much made me unable to resist having the same again… Once again, it was served as shown in the pics below with a bun and a piece of corn bread…

Just like before, I really couldn’t care less about the breads, but the soup itself was exactly as how it was before… Only difference I guess is that this time I found it to have a bit more amount of the seafood pieces especially this time I found more of the King fish pieces in it compared to last time… Taste was simply awesome… In each spoonful, the taste of the fish, the squid and shrimp could be felt… Being a chowder ofcourse it is a thick soup, but however not too thick for me, making it a very enjoyable soup for me…

Once I was done with the soup, the main course arrived, which is the new item from the menu that I chose to try… This is whats called as Pot Roast Chicken with Chateubriand Sauce… For those who are not aware, Pot Roast, as the name suggests in a way of cooking where meat is placed in a pot with enough of stock to cover the meat half way, along with onions, carrots and fresh herbs (usually celery, leeks, rosemary, thyme, etc) and then cover the lid and cooking slowly for hours… Usually they say that you slow cook it for as many hours as many pound weight of the meat used… ie, for example, 3 pounds of meat gets roasted for atleast 3 hours… Being this time consuming, restaurants tend to precook the Pot Roast… Here, they serve two pieces of Chicken Breast cooked in the Pot Roast method along with the Chateubriand sauce, which is a spicy cream based sauce made with Grape and Shallots, along with Grilled Vegetables and Bread (the usual two as can be seen in the pics below)… The waiter told me that there is an option of including Fragrant Rice or Mashed Potatoes… Being a Malayali, I guess, I chose the Rice option and this the whole platter that got served is as shown in the pics below… πŸ™‚

First of all, I felt the Chicken was slightly overcooked… But, it was seasoned perfectly… In addition to the usual salt and pepper, I could detect the flavours of the Onions, Rosemary and Oregano… I liked the caramelisation on top of them but I wish the inside was not as dry as how it turned out to be… It was served topped with the Chateubriand sauce, a few slices of Olives, a cherry tomato and parsely… There was also a few drops of Beetroot puree, which also was seasoned perfectly… The Chateubriand sauce basically had a sweet and spicy taste where it had the sweetness from the grapes, the cream and the shallots and then ofcourse, it was clearly spiced with chillies, especially paprika and I could also find some stalks of rosemary in there as well… The grilled vegetables that was served consisted of baby potatoes, carrots and a variety of zuccinis… These vegetables sadly were not seasoned at all and was just grilled with olive oil… The breads as usual, I really couldn’t care less about… However, what surprised me is the rice… Β Its basically long grain basmati rice sauteed or rather stir fried with Carrots and some bell peppers and seasoned incredibly well with crushed black pepper and salt… This rice worked incredibly well with the Chateubriand sauce and what I did immeditately on discovering that is to pour most of the sauce over the rice and mixed them together πŸ™‚ Ofcourse, the outer layers of the Chicken along with the rice and the sauce was a combination that I liked very much… The grilled vegetables added their own flavour compnent to this when mixed with and overall, it was an enjoyable platter of food that I enjoyed having and I am hoping to get the same next time but without the Chicken being overcooked… So, keeping fingers crossed… πŸ™‚

Once I was done with the platter, it being a bit spicy, I wanted a dessert and so went for their Baked Cheese Cake based on memories of having the same before… πŸ™‚ The Cheesecake is indeed my favourite dessert to have πŸ™‚ It came as shown in the pics below with the caramel sauce on top, just like before…

Just like before, I did enjoy the cheesecake… Even though it feels dense when you cut into it with your spoon, once it goes into your mouth you feel it to be light as in airy and fluffy… I am not particularly fond of the Oreo-Hazelnut crust at the bottom, but the Caramel sauce at the top is a good combination with the cheese cake…

So, altogether, even though I was dissapointed that they discontinued serving Pizzas, it was indeed an enjoyable lunch that I had at Supreme Upper Crust and I am looking forward to trying more of the new menu items, hopefully soon… πŸ™‚

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