THE ADDRESS Magazine Summer 2014 - Page 332

world-class: each and every pairing seems to be as close to perfection as it gets. The striking kitchen is in a glass box floating above the dining room. If there is such a thing, the must-see restaurant offers life-changing fare. HORN PLEASE Melbourne, Australia Named after the popular painted slogans that decorate the back of vehicles found all over India, Horn Please is an apt name for an Indian restaurant. It offers a concise and considered menu consisting of an informal selection of family favourites and street food-inspired plates. The selections are fresh, created from the highest quality ingredients and stone-ground spices, cooked in the unhurried Indian fashion. To start, the absolutely must try is papdi chaat. This is a favourite of little roadside stalls in Mumbai, sort of an Indian nacho platter. It consists of a colourful bowl of crisp deep-fried wafers, cubes of just cooked potatoes and chickpeas, complemented by sweet mango, house-made mint and coriander, and yoghurt chutneys. The butter chicken, made with fenugreek and paired with garlic naan, is one of the standout dishes. While the menu changes regularly, the butter chicken is a staple that stays and it is worth returning for this dish alone Mind-blowingly fantastic, the homemade kulfi ice cream is the must-try and ideal conclusion for any meal here. Served on a stick, it is available in several flavours, including cardamom, honey and pistachio, or cinnamon, clove and honey. The robust list of more than 20 boutique produced brews includes the rewarding Mexican Negra Modelo. 332 But good food is just part of the story here. The dining room is playful and airy and features portraits from India, Hundu proverbs painted on the walls, and – of course – horns. The walls are also adorned with Indian studio portraits collected by the owners. Local artist Rebeccah Power has painted her own versions of the portraits that hang next to the photographs. Together, they help produce a delightful smart-casual atmosphere. Simple but stylish pendant lighting by Volker Haug, complete with neon fabric cords, hangs above the bar wood counter. Bright pink Tolix stools stand out against the bar's black and white tiles. Classic Bollywood films are projected, silently, onto the white walls at dinner time. VASALISSA CHOCOLATIER Buenos Aires, Argentina Established by the mother-and-daughter team of Dadi and Federica Marinucci, the chocolaterie combines a chocolate-making legacy left behind by Abrascha Benski. Dadi’s father was the original founder of Argentina’s famous Cabsha chocolate brand. Clients will discover a careful selection of top quality ingredients, the world’s best processing techniques and an aesthetic element from Dadi and Federica’s artistic backgrounds. Vasalissa has established itself as a chocolatier of distinction, garnering a reputation for making some of the best bonbons in Argentina. It boasts a wonderful selection of chocolates of all sorts: milk, dark, white, as well as a multitude of fillings that range from passion fruit, to caramel, to rose. The chocolate is truly amazing, whilst the chocolate truffles are the best in Buenos Aires. The chocolate ginger truffle is divine. In addition to chocolates, they also offer a selection of macaroons in glorious and delightful colours.