Monday, May 20, 2019

New menu at OKI, Bengaluru!


When you visit a restaurant which you were planning to dine since long time, the excitement level will be double. Recently I have been to OKI restaurant at K'hattan (Kammanahalli) to check out their new menu. OKI specializes in Pan Asian, mainly Korean, Japanese, Thai and Malaysian along with other cuisines like European. This cute little place has an interesting menu which makes this one of the popular restaurants in that area. The staffs at OKI is helpful and polite. 


Summer afternoons are incomplete without chilled beverages. So soon after reaching the restaurant, I ordered a Chilli Mango mocktail which tasted good.




They have a lovely selection of salads and we really enjoyed the bold flavours from the 'Burmese Tealeaf Salad with roasted nuts and lentils' and also the #instafriendly 'Duck and peach salad with mix berry olive dressing'.











From the small eats menu, 'Garlic bread with smoked Salmon dill pate topped with roe', 'Crostini with Peach berry sauce and Feta', 'Tofu, bacon and scallion fritters with sweet chilli sauce', and 'Gimbap prawns with mustard sauce' were simply amazing. I will surely go back for these.





For the main course, I had 'Grilled Tiger Prawns with sauteed veggies in creamy lemon caper sauce'. This dish had execellent flavors except the fact that I don't really enjoy frozen prawns in any dish.


Every group will have that one or two foodies who can't end their meal without desserts. So we shared one 'Peach Cinnamon apple crepes with Orange butter sauce'. This was vanished in no time. Fruits and spices (especially cinnamon) are match made in heaven. Isn't it ?



Overall I enjoyed a wonderful lunch at OKI and would visit again for great food and good service. If you get a visa for K' hattan, then do visit this lovely restaurant for a great meal.
Address:
OKI
#403, Mariappa Road
Kammanahalli
Bengaluru - 560043
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Saturday, May 18, 2019

'Chettinad Samayal' at Nook at Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Techpark from 13th - 24th May, 2019. Don't miss it!




Chettinad region in Tamil Nadu has always fascinated me with its centuries-old magnificent mansions, temples, and rich culture and cuisine. Chettinad means the land of Chettiyars, who were bankers, traders, and businessmen. I love Chettinad cuisine for its immensely rich and flavourful dishes.







Nook at Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park is having a Chettinad Food festival, ‘Chettinad Samayal’ till 24th May 2019.





Don’t miss the chance to savor the feast by Chef Murthy and his team. Some of my favorites include - kuzhi paniyaram, vellaiyappam, meen varuval, vada, thenkuzhal, Chettinad chicken, sundakkai (turkey berry) vathal kulambu, pachadi, and other Chettinad special dishes. They served us ‘maapilai samba’ and ‘Manachanallur ponni’ rice along with biryani and ghee rice. It’s always best to #knowyouringredients and local products than going behind ‘firangi superfoods’.





We had Kavuni arasi (black rice) sweet, badam halwa and kummayam (a sweet made of lentils and jaggery) for desserts and everything had very earthy flavors and that’s the simplicity about this cuisine.

The fest is on till May 24th and the buffet is available for lunch and dinner
Wallet factor - ₹1199+

For any information/ table reservations contact - 080 45101033
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We foodies were lucky to meet the new Executive Chef - Ajay Khanna. Thanks team Encomium, and Aloft staffs for having me over. I enjoyed this meal a lot.
Address:
Nook at Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park
Outer Ring Road
Bengaluru
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Friday, May 3, 2019

Oh Hello there all Chicken lovers - 'Nothing But Chicken' is now available in Bengaluru!


What’s the plan for this weekend? I am all set to enjoy some delectable products from Nothing But Chicken (NBC). Yeah, you read that right! Mumbai’s popular brand – Nothing But Chicken is now available in Bangalore providing the patrons the finest and freshest range of Chicken products which are 100% natural, corn-fed, and importantly preservative and artificial color free. The wide range of products includes cooked, marinated, and raw chicken. NBC products are Halal and also ISO 22000 certified.





I tried their ‘Yoghurt and Pepper Chicken’ from marinade range, seekh kababs, ‘Chicken and cheese torpedoes’, and ‘Chicken Cheese Onion Sausages’ from the ‘ready to cook’ range and a refreshing ‘Pesto Chicken Salad’ from ‘salads’ range. I really love the quality of the products especially the Seekh Kababs and the grilled Chicken. I will surely order their Kheema pav and Chimichurri marinated Chicken next time. The marinated and ready-to-cook products take very less time to cook and hence these products are a great option for house parties and even for working people.


Customers can enjoy a quick meal at their Koramangala outlet and also the products are available for delivery/takeaway. They also have Signature dishes which focus on unique, traditional and healthy dishes by Chef.

Apart from the quality of dishes, another interesting thing about this brand is that they sell food by weight and not by the portion and it’s something which I am tempted to order from them again.


The only thing I felt could have been improved was their product packaging. There was no proper product description or cooking instructions on the products which I received. The plastic sealed package didn’t have a cover, so if one has to store the products then they need to transfer the products to a different container.

If you are Chicken lover like me, then try the tastiest Chicken products from ‘Nothing But Chicken’. I hope to see more outlets of NBC in Bangalore.

Address:
Nothing But Chicken
80 ft Road, Koramangala 4th Block
Bengaluru
Store timings : 9 AM - 11 PM
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Monday, April 22, 2019

Check out the 'Royal Flavours of Rajasthan' at The Hebbal Cafe - Courtyard by Marriott Hebbal, Bengaluru!



‘The Hebbal Café’ at Courtyard by Marriott Hebbal has come up with an interesting festival this time to celebrate the essence of Rajasthan – ‘Royal flavors of Rajasthan’. I was interested to check out this festival as this is one state which I always wanted to explore for its rich traditions, culture and distinct cuisines. I am so fond of colors and Rajasthan is all about vibrant colors and that is another reason which connects me to this beautiful state.





Coming back to the ongoing food festival which I enjoyed to the core in recent times. The Executive Chef Lakhbir Singh along with the visiting Chef from The Westin Pushkar, Chef Laxmi Narayan Das, and the Marriott team has created a ‘Royal feast’ for us. Trust me, this time it was more close to my heart as the Chef created all the dishes with the right ingredients and sourced everything from the land of Rajputs.


Though there was a buffet option, we got a chance to experience the Thali. The wonderful afternoon started with three summer coolers – Bajre ki raab (millet drink), Pomme’s cup and a Muskmelon drink.


For appetizers, I had Pichola Macchi (deep fried fish with burned garlic flavor) and Maas ke sule (smoked and grilled lamb with a handful of spices). These two appetizers were so good. Shekhawati Dahi Wada was another favourite of mine.






Rajasthani food is much more than Dal-bati-Churma and Laal Maas, yet we can’t skip these two amazing dishes when it comes to Thali. The Laal Maas was totally different from what I have tried before in Bangalore, and that’s simply because of the main ingredient they have used is Mathania chilies, which makes this a great dish. It also adds a bright red color which is far better than the color of Kashmiri chillies.


Other than Laal Maas, I enjoyed Ker Sangri (a delicious dish made of Shrub berry (Ker) and dried Beans (Sangri), Jodhpuri Bharwaan Gatte, Paneer Mircha, Murgh Shekhawati, Mawa Pulao, Makai Roti, three types of pickles and my favorite Dal-Bati-Churma.



For desserts, we had the beautifully done Malai Ghewar, Malpua and some Orange flavored Churma and that was truly the best-chosen desserts for the finishing touch to our lunch.



Overall I enjoyed this grand Royal Rajasthani flavors and also gives me a reminder to visit this beautiful land sometime soon. If you want to experience a glimpse of flavors of the royal kitchens of Rajasthan, then head to The Hebbal Café at Courtyard Marriott, Hebbal. The festival is on till May 5th, 2019.
Wallet Factor –
Buffet Lunch – 1400 + taxes
Buffet Dinner – 1500 + taxes
Thali (available for in-room dining) - ₹999 (inclusive of taxes)

Address:
Courtyard by Marriott Hebbal
#2/55, Outer Ring Road
Nagawara
Bengaluru 560045
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