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The Príncipe di Savoia, Dorchester Hotel Milano
You walk into a space decorated with such finesse and luxury, a shining space with lots of mirrors and reflections, a yellow ambiance and red neon lights, an open kitchen and the buffet set on a dining table as if you were at home. Look up at the big compass, the golden walls, the burgundy stripes and the stainless door handles.
Chandeliers, glass, stone sculptures all spread on different levels with a view of the internal garden; this space is worth checking out.
A superb welcoming, coffee, Villeroy&Boch china and silver cutlery, Echiré butter, Bisetti salt and pepper mills and a selection of Les Confitures a l'Ancienne jam. A tasty American coffee and the menu is presented as you sit.
The menu includes the Príncipe breakfast for €45, all day dining and eggs, all paid separately. You can also order fish, salmon and beef.
- The gluten-free island
- 10 choices of yogurt jars
- Five freshly squeezed juices
- The fruit salad corner
- Cereals and dried fruits
- Cheese and cold cuts
- Salmon and Parma ham
- Scrambled eggs
- Bacon and sausages
- Tomatoes and mushrooms
Details make all the difference; champagne is served, a little chair is put next to the table for women's purses, the staff smiles at all times, organic juices are presented in glass bottles and the table napkins are of a fine quality.
The food is good; the croissants are very airy and flavorful, the selection of cheese is enjoyable, the bread is fresh and the fruits are so tasty. I was spending five days here and I'll have the chance to try everything, especially the Eggs Benedict.
The next morning, I enjoyed it even more. We went down earlier to a calm and serene space, I had a beautiful table between the two rooms of the restaurant and I was hungry... The bread is excellent, the cheese is so fresh, the croissant is stuffed with apricot jelly and is amazing, the coffee is light and not bitter, the salmon is delicious and now for the Eggs Benedict...
The Eggs Benedict are indeed different, with their slice of black truffle to decorate them, two poached eggs, a cherry tomato sliced in half and on top a hollandaise sauce that was dry and didn't look appetizing. A thin layer of dry hollandaise that's simply tasteless. Those eggs don't have either the flavor, or the smell of hollandaise, they need salt and pepper and the hollandaise needs work! Where is the lemon or vinegar or any kind of taste? The eggs on the other hand are well done, the ham is good, a layer of freshly cooked spinach and the English muffin at the bottom. Not what I expected, anyway.
The third day was pancake day. Thick and fluffy pancakes served with class on a porcelain plate, two pancakes topped with powdered sugar, airy and fluffy, a bit chewy, but good enough. Maple syrup comes next, decorated with three blueberries.
The fourth day was the best; I had an amazing table facing the kitchen where I enjoyed watching the chef prepare my Eggs Benedict. He breaks one egg at a time in a bowl, boils the water, stirs it around and drops the egg in the middle. Muffins are grilled on the side. The cooked eggs are left on a paper to dry, hollandaise sauce is added to the eggs before being reheated. I was enjoying the show so much, but unfortunately the eggs were again not as good as expected. Well cooked, they are tender and melting inside, but the hollandaise is almost nonexistent, dry, the muffin was not crunchy enough and on top there's a mountain of yellow egg yolk.
Cheese, croissants, muffins, bread, cereals, fruits and yogurt... Breakfast is so enjoyable.
The Príncipe di Savoia is indeed a hotel worth the hype and each and every star it holds. Breakfast put a smile on my face for the day.