Thursday, October 12, 2017

Misu introduces 'The Misu Ninja Meal' for the Pan Asian food lovers!




Misu (Mizu) in Japanese means Water. You must be wondering what I have to do with this Japanese term. For Japanese people, it’s water and for Bengalureans, Misu is a beautiful restaurant with fairly authentic Pan Asian food. Located in one of the prime locations- St.Mark’s Road, Misu can’t be easily missed in your Google map. Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, this is kind of restaurant you would love to spend time, enjoying a Pan Asian meal and the lovely ambiance.


The first thing you would notice in this chic and cozy restaurant will be the artistic creations all around. For Instagrammers, there are perfect spots and interesting props you could use for your photos. I love the hues of Grey and Maroon shades they have used in the décor. Wall art by Samantha King will surely grab your attention.


A fortnight ago I was at Misu for lunch with few friends to try the newly launched ‘The Misu Ninja Meal’. Ninja meal which is fit for warriors and here the warriors are Corporate people :P With an attractive pricing, you can try an assortment of dishes from their Ninja menu.


For ‘welcome drink’ I tried a hot cup of Bandrek which is an Indonesian drink made of lemongrass, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, jaggery, star anise and coconut milk. The warm flavor of the drink was refreshing and much need for this changing weather.







You will see a lot of vegetarian dishes from my pics. Thanks to my bro, Neel who was planning to keep Navratri fasting and ended up ordering vegetarian dishes for me as well. We tried the Tom Kha Soup (Veg), Green Mango Salad, Crispy Fried Wonton, Moonshine Dumpling, Spicy Tofu avocado Maki (on special request, we got the beef version as well). The accompaniments given were Vietnamese dip, Black bean sauce, pickled cucumber & carrot, and Shanghai Dim sum chili paste. By the time we finished the appetizers, Neel’s ‘fasting gaye thel lene’. His fasting plan was completely screwed up after having the scrumptious food at Misu. We were bit disappointed when Tom Yum Soup was served without Prawns.





With TV shows and online channels, people really don’t need to travel to know about food or cuisine, but to experience the flavors one must visit different places. Curries like Thai Green/Red curry or Krapow Chicken with Jasmine rice are popular in most of the upscale restaurants; same with Misu. In addition to the above dishes, some of our favorites were Thai Wok fried rice and Spicy Chilli Basil Noodles from the main course menu.



Next one was a much-awaited session – Desserts. I was dying to have their Lemongrass Ice cream Sandwich after seeing a couple of Instagram pics and luckily this was available on the Ninja menu. Lemongrass ice cream sandwiched between spongecake was mess-free eating than I thought. Japanese Souffle Cheesecake is for the people who love every bit of baked cheesecake.

PS:Drinks were not part of the Ninja Meal menu
Overall The Misu Ninja meal is good option for an exotic meal on a busy working day (Monday – Thursday). Their menu is simple, so customers won’t get confused or waste time while placing the order. The Misu Ninja meal is priced at 777 (Veg) and 888 (Non veg)- excluding taxes.
Address:
Misu
Level 4, 
9 Halcyon Complex,
St. Mark's Road
Bengaluru
For table bookings, contact - +919686992071

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Southern Thai Food Festival at Benjarong, Bengaluru!




A few days back I visited Benjarong, Bengaluru for their ongoing Southern Thai Food Festival (till Oct 8th, 2017) and was surprised with my experience thinking why on the earth I haven’t been here before? Benjarong means 'five colors’ used in the unique Thai Porcelain. The intricate and fine detail used in this porcelain makes this different from other pottery creations and a favorite piece of art for royal and commercial use. My experience at Benjarong was also so unique in terms of food and service they offered.



When I finally decided to visit this restaurant, I had the confidence that they won’t disappoint me. Why because, till now I haven’t heard a bad experience about this restaurant. My friend and I undoubtedly love Pan Asian cuisine; especially ‘Thai’ and we were so happy to dine at Benjarong where you will find only authentic flavors on your table.


We started our lunch with ‘Miam Khum’ which is a traditional welcome platter in Thailand. The Thai version of ‘Amuse Bouche’ I would say. The platter consisted of lettuce leaves, roasted peanuts, fried coconut silvers, lime, galangal, onion, chilies, and jaggery- coconut sauce. All you have to do is, pick a small portion of each item on a leaf, wrap it and just enjoy. First time I tried something like this and the crazy combo just created a burst of flavors in my mouth!


Southern Thailand is famous for its fresh seafood and spicy take on food. Unlike Indian or Chinese cuisines, Thai cuisine uses more of fresh herbs and ingredients than dry spices or sauces. I always felt Thai and Kerala cuisines have many similarities because of the usage of fresh coconut, ginger, bird’s eye chili etc. What we tried at Benjarong was an amalgamation of (Umami) taste – sweet, salty spicy, sour, and tangy.

Salad



Yum Pla Dook Foo – Steamed, minced and deep-fried catfish topped with raw mango salad and cashew nuts. Trust me! The best raw mango salad I have tried till date. The generous sprinkle of deep fried catfish crumbles on this salad will give you extra oomph factor.

Soup


Gaeng Som Cha-Om Talay  a traditional spicy seafood soup with Cha Om (Spinach leaves) omelette. I could live my entire life with this soup and the raw mango salad :)

Appetizers


Goong Tod Gai – Beautifully made minced Chicken dumpling with Prawns stuffing. The deep fried dish went well with the spicy dip.


Gai hor baitaey- The succulent morsels of chicken delicately marinated, wrapped in pandan leaves and deep fried. A signature dish of Benjarong served from more than a decade.


Gai Kolae – Spicy red Chili marinated chicken satay (skewers), a typical Southern Thai delight which tasted good.

Main course


Khao Pahd Sri Racha – Spicy fried rice with choice of meat or veggies wrapped in lotus leaf, steamed and served hot. I tried this Khua Kling neau and the combo was heavenly. The spicy flavors from Bird’s eye chili and green peppercorn can literally put your a** on fire :P If you don’t prefer beef, you can either try Chicken or Tofu in this curry.



Pad See Ew (Kanna- Broccoli) – Spicy flat noodles tossed with green vegetables was a standalone dish which can be taken without any accompaniments.


Khua Kling (Neau – beef) – minced beef curry with lots of kaffir lime leaves, bird’s eye chilies and tender peppercorns

Dessert


Tub Tim Krob – water chestnut rubies served with sweetened and chilled coconut milk.


Kluay buat chee – Bananas cooked in palm sugar syrup and topped with sweetened coconut cream and served with vanilla ice cream

The taste lingers in my mouth while writing this review and if you haven’t tried this fest, then head to Benjarong. I had an extraordinary experience of Thai cuisine at Benjarong, something which I haven’t experienced before. The key ingredients are all imported and hence provide their patrons the best and authentic Thai experience. Yeah… Some restaurants do magic and I left this place with a completely satisfied feeling. South Thai Food Festival will be on till 8th Oct 2017 and available for lunch and dinner (a la carte). A meal for two would be 1500 (approximately. Do check out and share your feedback with me :) #Yougottatryit
Address:
Benjarong
#12/1, Above Ente Keralam
Ulsoor Road, Bangalore
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Monday, September 25, 2017

This Durga Pujo check out 'The Calcutta Connection' at Asia Alive - DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Bengaluru!



Time for some serious food hogging! Luchi, Shukto, Kasha Mangsha, Chops, Rosgolla, Mishti Doi and much more as it’s Durga Pujo time; a celebration of victory over evil. While making plans to visit Pandals and other community celebrations, I got an invite for the preview of ‘The Calcutta Connection’ from DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Bengaluru. The team from Hilton has abstracted the essence of East India’s popular festival to celebrate this Pujo with their upcoming 4 days celebrations starting from 27th Sep to 30th Sep 2017. Since it was a special dinner with the Hilton team and renowned food aficionados, I happened to hear more about this festival which added a bit more of an excitement to my festive spirit. I was literally transported to the streets of Calcutta (Kolkata) with alluring aromas of Bengali street food hitting my nose.
 

The Pujo special celebrations at Asia Alive - DoubleTree Suites by Hilton will have -
Day 1 – RajBarir Ranna (Saptami Special)
Inspired by the Rajbaris of Bengal, Asia Alive restaurant has created a wonderful menu with traditional family recipes which include Niramish (Veg) and Amish (Non-veg) dishes.
Day 2 – Bagbazar Ba Maddox? (Ashtami Special)
North and South Kolkata face off with a variety of favorites from the famous cafes and snack joints ensuring a one of a kind experience for the food lovers.
Day 3 – Calcutta -700016 (Nabami Special)
Kolkata’s Park Street is famous for its street food and if you want to experience a bit of the same then head to Asia Alive during this Pujo time.
Day 4 – Experience Opar Bangla (Dashami Special)
Experience a culinary reminiscent of a bygone era and of a land that once stood proudly as the eastern part of undivided Bengal.

 

My evening started with a peep into Calcutta’s street food like Phuchka, Shingara,  Ghugni, Nimkeen and few other snacks.






Most part of India, people celebrate Puja with a vegetarian feast. But Bengalis can’t avoid their non-vegetarian spread when the occasion is very special. For the main course - Bengali Thala, we had a variety of dishes and to name few I love the Shukto, Cholar Dal, Mitro Café Mangsher Chop (Tele Bhaja/Cutlet with minced meat and mashed potato filling), Luchi, Chaka Aloo Bhaja, Fish Orly, Ucche Bhaja, Peter Cat (a popular food joint in Kolkata) Chelo Kabab, Shiraz Mutton Biryani, Golborir Kosha Mangsho with Mishti Pulao, and Maccher Paturi <3



While the debate on Rosgolla’s origin happens very often, I don’t care much about the history as long as I get a foodgasm from my favorite Bengali desserts. This time the Chef just surprised us with his creative take on Kolkata’s favorite tea and sutta (smoke) inspired dessert – an amazing Darjeeling Tea Panna Cotta with Goldflake smoke. While smokers enjoyed their share of dessert, my favorite was the Bhapa Mishti Doi with Apricot and Rosemary Compote. A perfect end to the perfect meal was with a Kolkatta Meetha Cheesy Paan.


I thoroughly enjoyed the Bengali Thala experience and this Pujo, people who would like to spend time with their families and friends must visit Asia Alive for this feast. The Calcutta Connection Buffet is available for lunch (12.30 – 3.30 PM) and dinner (07.00 – 11.30 PM) and it’s priced at ₹999/- (inclusive of taxes). For Children below age 6 dine for free and children between 6-12 years dine at half the price when accompanied by parents. I’m sure this home away from home experience, could be the best Pujo for people who love Bengali cuisine.

 
Address:
Asia Alive by DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
Iblur gate, ORR Sarjapur Junction
Bangalore
For reservations, contact - +91 8861306613 / 8861301378
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Have you checked the Sizzlers bite at District 6, Malleshwaram yet?





One cannot miss this famous brewery in Bangalore when you’re around Malleshwaram area- District 6 Pub Brewery & Kitchen. District 6 was on my bucket list since very long time and one fine Sunday a couple of us visited this Brewery to check out their ongoing ‘Sizzler Bites’ festival (until Sep 30th).

Sizzling Veg Dumpling

Hand Model: Anita :)
This is the very first time I visited District 6. District 6 provides the traditional beer crafting and German-style brew experience with the assistance of CFB (their Microbrewery consultants), Kasper Schulz; 350 years old brew House manufacturers from Germany and Weyermann malts. If I have to travel from this side of town to another side, first I will ensure whether the place is worth enough my travel and time. My conscience approved and gave a big tick mark for District 6. This brewery is located right next to Orion mall and it has a beautiful and spacious ambiance which gives its customers a vibrant feeling along with good food and brews. I love visiting microbreweries and try all kind of beers. I prefer Lager/ Stout over Wheat or IPA.


We started with beer samples and the taste of Radler beer with citrus notes remained on my taste buds for a while. I ordered a tall glass of Radler Beer during the course of lunch. This went well with the sizzler bites.

Chili Basil Chicken

Roasted Chili Hoisin Chicken

Coorg Pepper Pandi (Pork)

Dahi Kebab with Walnut & Mint

Beef Sukka

Jerk Marinated Cottage Cheese & Pineapple Skewers

Assorted Wok Tossed Vegetables

Potato & Corn Donuts with Curried Lime Sauce

Andhra Spiced Mushroom

5 Spiced Baked Fish

Sizzling Spicy Chicken Dumpling

I was very curious to know what’s the Sizzler bites festival all about as I always had Sizzlers for the main course. The idea was very simple and well executed – sizzler styled starters. We tried an array of appetizers and everything was perfectly done. They have included flavors from all popular regions. Some of my favorites were Chili Basil Chicken, Sizzling Veg dumpling with Spinach and Corn stuffing, Coorg Pepper Pandi, Beef Sukka, Chinese 5 spiced baked fish, Cheese and Vegetables stuffed Tandoori Aloo and much more. I love the Sizzlers bite concept and the way they presented each and every dish. The rainy weather was perfect for some piping hot food and chit-chat.


The German Malt Bread Basket (bread made of beer) was something which amazed me. It came with three dips - beer butter, mustard and pesto.




Our lunch ended with a sweet note by savoring New York style Cheesecake with Raspberry compote and Sizzling brownie with hot Chocolate sauce. According to my baker friend, this was the best Cheesecake ever had in Bengaluru and I couldn’t agree more. Though I didn’t earn any Brownie points, I had the same opinion for Brownie too.

Visit District 6 on or before Sep 30th and enjoy a lovely meal with your favorite brew. A fun afternoon with friends, perfect food, and brilliant beer; what else I could wish on a Sunday afternoon. This place has been added to my favorite restaurants/breweries list.

Address:
District 6 Pub Brewery & Kitchen
G-3,4,5, Ground Floor
Brigade Gateway Campus
26/1 Dr. Rajkumar Road
Malleshwaram
For reservations, contact - +91 7259906666