Fine Cuisine with Character: An Unbeatable Combination

Beef Wellington
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Between the ages of 25-40, Anil Jethmal recalls that he ate exactly one meal that was “cooked” at home. It was Beef Wellington that arrived at his home via FedEx and was packed in dry ice. The instructions read to bake in a pre-heated oven for 35 minutes. It was memorable only because, back then, Anil believed that he had cooked his first meal. (How to actually make Beef Wellington at home: Video by Gordon Ramsay)

As an individual whose clients were used to the best, Anil constantly dined at restaurants over which Zagats and even Michelin have gushed.

There were many restaurant meals where Anil found that the cuisine was outstanding, the décor was stunning and the service was impeccable. However, there was a common thread that made a small handful even more memorable. They also had history and/or character.

In no particular order, here are Anil’s favorite restaurant meals:

One if by Land, Two if by Sea Restaurant
                  Source: Zagat.com

One if by Land, Two if by Sea               New York
The restaurant was the carriage house of Aaron Burr (the very same man who killed Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel).

Anil Jethmal recommends:
Oysters with shallot mignonette (with a shot of ice cold vodka or a glass of champagne). The main course has to be Beef Wellington

 

La Tour d’Argent                                                         Paris
The restaurant was founded in 1582. It was frequented by Henri IV. Request a table overlooking Notre Dame. The owner of La Tour d’Argent pays the electric bill so that the cathedral remains lit all night for his patrons’ viewing pleasure.

Anil Jethmal recommends:
The Pressed Duck. It is the signature dish that actually comes with a numbered certificate. Order the soufflé early since it takes an hour to prepare – Chocolate or Grand Marnier – impossible to go wrong. After dinner, take a walk along the Seine and take in the City of Lights.

Savoy Grill                                                                     London
Has the best view of the Thames River of any restaurant in London. Great place to go for dinner and dancing. Men, wear a tuxedo.

Anil Jethmal recommends:
The Chateaubriand for two.

Imago                                                                                Rome
Located atop the Hassler Hotel by the Spanish Steps. Have a drink on the terrace before the sun goes down. For those with good memories, henceforth every time they have that same drink, no matter where they are in the world, they will remember Rome…the way the sun hits the buildings in the afternoon.

Anil Jethmal recommends:
The Tandoori Duck

Sharkys                                                                            Bali
Ask for your table to be placed on the sand, secluded from others overlooking the Indian Ocean. Ask the roving band to play Hotel California or New York, New York. They know every word of the songs even though it is obvious that they do not speak a word of English.

Anil Jethmal recommends:
The Grilled Shrimp in Butter Pepper Garlic Sauce with ice cold Bintang Balinese beer.

Trishna                                                                            Mumbai
Bill & Hillary’s favorite restaurant in India.

Anil Jethmal recommends:
The Lobster in Chilly Garlic Sauce. Also, if you are squeamish, tell the waiter that you do not want to inspect the live lobster at your table before it is cooked.

Mandarin Oriental                                                       Manila
Call ahead to make sure Imelda Marcos is not dining. She goes often for the crispy duck and pancakes and her entourage is huge. If so, the wait for a table can be long.

Anil Jethmal recommends:
The Crispy Duck & Pancakes, of course.

Blue Hill at Stone Barns                                          Pocantico Hills, NY
Arrive early and walk the former Rockefeller Estate. Absolutely everything that chef/owner Dan Barber serves is grown or raised at the working farm.

Anil Jethmal recommends:
The blood orange margarita and the blackcurrant martini are both delicious cocktails. Of course, both the blood orange and the blackcurrants are grown at the farm and are picked minutes before serving. The same theme extends to the main courses. Order the tasting menu.  The restaurant is 45 minutes door to door from Grand Central – no need to drive.

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Giving Back For The Greater Good: A Necessary Ingredient For True Professional Success

Anil Jethmal is featured in Simon & Schuster’s The Winner’s Circle 2: How Ten Stockbrokers Became the Best In the Business. He, however, points out that he is not even the most successful person in his own family.

His father, who had no formal training in law, successfully argued a case in the Supreme Court in the Philippines to redefine agency ownership of fixed property by permanent resident aliens. In order to pass the bar in the Philippines, Anil Jethmal proudly points out, prospective lawyers need to study his father’s work. Anil’s father, the most principled person he ever knew, drew his own pride from feeding entire starving villages across India.

 
Anil’s grandfather founded, grew and, for three decades, ran the largest domestic electronics company in India. He was affectionately referred to as “The Baron” for all his charitable work throughout the country.

Anil Jethmal’s younger cousin is a self-made billionaire at age 44. He has earned hundreds of millions of dollars each in two separate companies in two completely different industries. More than that, he did it in two different countries. In both cases, he started from scratch, and not only taught himself each business, but has revolutionized the way all others following him now conduct business in each arena. Along the way, he has found the time and energy to do tremendous charitable work for senior citizen housing and education for the visually impaired.

Another cousin co-founded a company that The Independent proclaimed as one of the top ten music venues in the world, ranking among the Sydney Opera House in Australia and Madison Square Garden in New York City. Along the way, he has designed and executed a music and arts program to expose children to social issues like Women’s Rights and Celebrating Special Needs Children. His programs have reached and benefitted hundreds of thousands of needy children across India.

While Anil Jethmal has worked one on one with mentally challenged children in Southern Maine through Bowdoin College’s Project BARC, and has tutored economically disadvantaged children in Harlem, New York, his goal is to give back to society on a much larger scale. That, he proudly points to his family’s achievements, is true and complete professional success.

Bowdoin College – a Long History of Liberal Arts Education

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Bowdoin College
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Anil Jethmal has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of investment and finance. Anil Jethmal prepared for his career by studying economics at Bowdoin College in Maine.

With a history dating back more than 200 years, Bowdoin College was chartered in 1794 and matriculated its first class in 1802, with just eight students enrolling. At the time the students met in Boston, and in 1804, James Bowdoin III decided to honor his father by endowing the school in the district of Maine, which was still a part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Over the years, Bowdoin College went on to educate some of the brightest writers in the country, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nathaniel Hawthorne, both of whom graduated in the class of 1825.

Today, Bowdoin College consistently ranks among the top 10 colleges in the nation, and it continues to offer a liberal arts education that challenges students intellectually and pushes them to take risks under the guidance of an accomplished faculty of artists and scholars.