Islamabad, Pakistan - Best Italian (and continental cuisine) from Tuscany Courtyard
The hyper-popular Tuscany Courtyard is Islamabad's most popular spot to find a mixed menu of Italian and Western food items. Proviso: Pakistan, or anywhere on the Indian subcontinent for that matter, is *not* a place to look for Western (read, continental) cuisine. But if one's simply tired of kebabs and niharis and achaari lamb or chicken, then Tuscany Courtyard offers a brief respite fronm another meal full of spices.
Our dinner this evening:
- Mulligatawny soup: mild, tasty version here, slightly thicker than the usual consomme;
- Beef Stroganoff with buttered rice: overly creamy sauce, though the sliced poached beef was delicious;
- Fettuccine Alfredo, described on the menu as "freshly prepared pasta with grilled chicken breast, shallots tossed in light creamy alfredo sauce with fresh basil": another overly creamy version. Does seem like Pakistani renditions of "Western" dishes are very butter-/cream-rich.
- Jalapeno Steak: a nice cut of tenderloin, served with Pakistani renditions of baked potato, poached vegetables and an ultra-creamy sauce.
Dessert was an extremely sweet Nutella-covered pizza - quite nice, but not something I'd want to have again soon.
H. No. 15, Street 18