Monday, September 9, 2019

Check out the new menu at Ottimo at ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru!

Italian food is always best; a treat to all senses. When you dine at a luxury fine-dining restaurant like Ottimo, it’s an experience to cherish. From its charming interiors to supremely delicious dishes on the menu, Ottimo at ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru is easily one of the best Italian restaurants in India. With a well thought out section on Italian cuisine for the health-conscious, the culinary choices at Ottimo created by Chef Vittorio Greco is a rare fusion of traditional Italian with an emphasis on nutrition and fresh ingredients for their diners. 

Ottimo focuses on Pan Italian cuisine and the new menu is extraordinary. Chef Chirag and his team created a beautiful dinner for a few of us recently.

We started with – 

Burrata with Sour Cherry, and toasted almonds. I always enjoy the Burrata at Ottimo. The Sour Cherry compote was just amazing.

The Proscuitto Melon, when presented, was just like a fine piece of art. So beautifully plated and the flavors were so good along with a glass of Merlot.

Cauliflower Chocolate Soup – Chocolate in a soup, only Ottimo can get this right. I loved this soup which got polished off in seconds.

Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Butter Sauce and Crab Ravioli with Star Anise bisque – From the two Ravioli options; we loved the delicate and finely created Pumpkin Ravioli compare to the Crab one.

Watermelon Sorbet

Chef Chirag is a pro <3

Almond crusted Australian Lamb chops with Jerusalem Artichoke, Gin and Juniper berry jus – My favorite from the new menu. I enjoyed every bit of this dish. Chef Chirag plated this so well that for the first few seconds I couldn't just stop looking at this beautiful plate. The flavors were amazing and the Jerusalem Artichoke puree along with Blue Potato crisps were so good.

Tiramisu 2.0 – The deconstructed Tiramisu 2.0 was a complete treat. The very first serving will be given to you by the Chef/Steward before you could indulge in the beautiful notes of Espresso. This is the kind of dessert you would want to indulge in by just focussing on the master creation.
Diners with the gorgeous ladies - Simonti and Simran from the ITC Team :)

With Kelipaan and Vidyascooking :)

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Great food, good conversation and great company always matter. Overall I had a great time at the Ottimo with some of my close friends. It’s always a pleasure visiting this magnificent hotel which believes in ‘Responsible luxury’. They are ahead of any other hotel chains when it comes to water recycling, energy and waste management. The lush gardens and other eco-friendly spots add a special charm to the award-winning ITC Hotel.
Ottimo at ITC Gardenia
#1, Residency Road
Bengaluru - 560025
For reservations, contact - 080 4345 5000

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Gourmet Passport presents celebration of Indian Cuisine at Kava, Fairfield Marriott Bengaluru ORR in association with Paul John Whisky!

About last evening - 

"Whisky is liquid sunshine" - George Bernard Shaw

This simple quote came into my mind when I tasted a beautiful whisky - Nirvana by Paul John at the sit-down dinner at Kava, Fairfield Bengaluru ORR curated by Gourmet Passport. Though I am not a Whisky drinker, towards the end of our dinner, I liked the drinks I've tried. They had three cocktails, out of which my favorite was 'Bold fashioned'. Paul John Whisky cocktails paired with great Indian food at Kava was a sublime experience and all thanks to Gourmet Passport team for a great evening.

A fun quiz session by Mr Heemanshu

Kava introduced their all-new dinner menu Qafila, which sets a perfect example for traditional Indian cuisine. The Executive Chef Sudhir Nair is a travel freak and from our conversation and the exceptional food I tasted, he brings the best of Indian flavors on your table.

Here is what I loved most -

Santra Chilgoza - A classic Indian Shorba made of Kashmiri Orange, pine nut, green chilli and cilantro. Trust me, this soup had kickass flavors.

Kundan Kaliya - Boneless Chicken roulade in a mix of almond paste, and spice mix.

Mahi Sarson - Fish (Indian Salmon) cooked in mustard paste and turmeric.

Alu Bhukhara Ke Kofte - Super delicious Alu Kofta with dried plum stuffing smeared in a creamy gravy. I tried this dish with Khameeri Naan.

Sarson Ka Saag - Who doesn't love this dish? The dish is made of Mustard leaves and other greens with a tempering of clarified butter, onion, mustard seeds and garlic, served with a dollop of white butter and served with hot hot Makki ki Roti.

Badenjaan - A very popular Persian inspired dish made of sliced aubergines topped with yoghurt and tomato salsa.

Kava Dal - I loved the Kava's version of Dal Makhani.
Bhagahara Khana - A simple pulao with the aroma of whole spices.

For desserts, we had Kulfi Falooda and Shahi Tukda and that simple-looking Kulfi Falooda just blew my mind. We ended the dinner with a paan shot.

A special thanks to Monica Khara and her team for being a wonderful host for the evening and also making sure that we diners had a great time.

A flop selfie attempt by me :P

Gourmet Passport is your go-to app for the best restaurant deals in your city. Currently, they have presence in Bengaluru, Delhi -NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Pune. We really missed Mr Rocky Mohan, the 'Founder of Gourmet Passport', at the event yesterday. Mr Rocky Mohan is one of the top influential people in Indian F&B industry. If you've watched MCU judge Chef Gary Mehigan's show- 'Masters of Taste', you will understand how passionate is Mr Rocky Mohan when it comes to food. Another interesting fact about Mr.Mohan is that he is the face of India's popular drink Old Monk. He is carrying the legacy which was started by his Grandfather.

Love the collectibles (Whisky stones) received from Paul John and the special spice mix from Kava <3

A big thanks to dear Aslam ji for a well-curated event. Aslam ji, Your events are really special and people who know you well will swear by the exclusive and memorable events attended by them.
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Monday, July 1, 2019

The Pump House - A must visit Pub in JP Nagar, Bengaluru!

A few years back, going to a Pub for me was like Friday night party with friends and options were really less that time. Now Pub culture has boomed like anything and every corner you will find one. If there is craft beer available at the Pub which I visit, then I won't bother checking the bar menu for other options. Recently I have been to 'The Pump House' at JP Nagar and had a lovely afternoon.

So what's special about this place? - I liked every corner of this Pub. They have great ambience, well maintained green spots everywhere and lovely vibes. Spread across three levels, TPH is one of the finest pubs I have visited in town. They have 6 house beers on tap (Including a seasonal beer) and my most favorite was 'Tropical Stout with Coffee' with ABV 6.6% and IBU 24. After a long journey to this Pub, a glass of chilled beer was much needed.

You will be surprisingly confused to see their food menu with dishes from all around the world and Chef Cris has got magic in his hands. Almost everything he suggested us were so damn good. I liked the crunchy Muesli Chat (which I never had before), the classic Chicken Satay with Peanut sauce, Egg Truffle Pakoda, Tandoori Jhinga (Prawns), and Murgh Malai Tikka. The DIY Nachos platter was comparatively better than the Mezzeh platter. The Beef Pepper Fry was so AMAZINGGG.

For the Main course, my friend and I tried their Kung Pao Chicken and instead of Jasmine rice, we opted for Veg fried rice. The Veg fried rice was so flavorful and mildly spicy with Sichuan peppercorns in it. The Kung Pao chicken was too sweet for my liking.

After trying appetizers and main course, there was no room for desserts, so I settled with a glass of cocktail - Cocoberry Bomb. While taking the order the staff clearly told me that cocktail will be too sweet for my liking but I really loved the flavors and I didn't miss the desserts.

On a Tuesday afternoon, we saw this place so packed and do I have to mention anything more? Do visit TPH and I am sure you will have a great time too, just like me. A meal for two would be INR 1500/-  approximately (with alcohol).
The Pump House
#607, 15th Cross
JP Nagar 1st Phase
Bengaluru - 560078
For reservations, contact - 096061 27666

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