Last night at Palena, I ordered something that really made an impact on me -- it was "risi bisi". If you ignore the fact that it's made with chicken broth, you might actually start to think that you're in vegetarian heaven. As I was eating this dish, I actually thought to myself that if all vegetarian food were this good, I could actually change sides.
Risi bisi means rice and peas, but to just call this dish rice and peas would be a crime. The rice wasn't arborio rice but it was cooked like a risotto and in the rice were sweet English peas, sugar snap peas, and asparagus, and on top was placed a coddled egg. Oh, and I shouldn't forget to mention the black truffle shavings which gave it that extra hearty flavor.
Other than the risi bisi, we had the chicken, gnocchi, and beet and lobster salad. It was all soooo good, but I the risi bisi was what really stuck out in my mind the rest of the night and the next day. So get over to Palena soon and try this while it's still on the menu!