Thursday, August 17, 2017

Have you tried the new dessert menu at Cafe Mangii yet?


Hand model:Husna Sait

The one thing I pray to God daily is not to make me a diabetic patient. I can’t think about a life without my daily dose of desserts. Most of the times, I even forget the term ‘calorie’ and only think about the taste of the desserts. Recently when I got an invite for the new dessert menu launch at Café Mangii, I was not very sure how my experience will be. But the team kept telling me, this is something which I shouldn’t miss. Nowadays people are more health conscious and most of ‘em will miss the drool-worthy desserts. Café Mangii gave a healthy take on this, with their low-calorie desserts and came up with some guilt-free indulge desserts.
PC: Cafe Mangii

Corporate Chef Ajay Thakur has beautifully imbibed his globetrotting experiences into a beautiful menu that the cities haven’t experienced before. It is an amalgamation of various cooking techniques from all over Europe, bringing together secret home recipes and twisting classic ones to great effect.
For this high tea event, we had some of best desserts in town along with Café Mangii’s popular pizza, pasta, and some short-eats.

Desserts I loved most –


‘Apple Crumble’ made of Flambé Apple, rich dry fruits, almond crumble and topped with an apple crisp. On the very first bite itself, we knew that Café Mangii’s new menu is surely an interesting one.


‘Nutella Surprise Crunch’ made of eggless cake, Hazelnut Cremeux, milk Chocolate Mousse and Caramelized Hazelnut. I am not a fan of ‘eggless cakes’, but this dessert just blew my mind and taste buds both. Heaven in a plate for Chocolate lovers <3


’34 layers’ with very thin layers of Chocolate cake, Chocolate Ganache and 54% Chocolate Mousse which will make you say ‘Wow!. Pure bliss it was!


‘Tiramisu’ with Italian Custard, Mascarpone cheese, and Kahlúa, Chef created an edible piece of art for us. A must try dessert if you are bored of regular Tiramisu.


‘Mocha Fudge Treat’ made of Mocha Fudge cake, Coffee Cremeux, and Mocha cream was an intense dessert and favorite of mine.

The other desserts we tried from the new menu were –

Moelleux’ made of 100% Chocolate Sable, Classic French buttery biscuit and Vanilla Ice cream.


‘Esterhazy’ made of Almond cake, Chocolate Cream, and Orange Marmalade. Just like other desserts, this dessert was also well plated but the fact was you cannot say no when you see this beautifully plated dessert with the chocolate glaze.


Philadelphia Baked Cheesecake with berry compote was simply delicious one.




Other than the delectable desserts and finger-licking food, my drink of the day was ‘Go Goa’ which was Vodka based cocktail with Chili and Guava. Not sure if this drink is on their menu. It was created based on a friend’s suggestion and I absolutely enjoyed it.


All thanks to Chef Sandeep Rane from Café Mangii, Mumbai who created these beauties and also helped us in understanding each and every dessert



It was great catching up few people I respect most - Wanitha Ashok, Aji Nair, Padma Kumar, Husna Sait, Rohith Chopra and Namita Gupta. Also my blogger friends who took time for checking out the new dessert menu. Thanks to team Café Mangii for the wonderful hospitality. Next time when I have sweet cravings, I know which place to hit first :) 

Address:
Cafe Mangii
Level 2, Orion Mall
26/1, Dr. Rajkumar Road
Brigade Gateway
Malleshwaram West
Bangalore
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Garhwali Food Festival (11th -20th Aug) at Kava, Fairfield by Marriott, Rajajinagar,Bengaluru!





As a Food Blogger I always get excited about the various cuisines I come across. A recent addition to my list is Garhwali cuisine from Uttarakhand. Kava at Fairfield by Marriott, Rajajinagar is having a Garhwali Food Festival this week to celebrate the cuisine from the land of holy rivers and valley of flowers. I was invited for a preview and thoroughly enjoyed my first experience with delectable Pahari dishes.



The ambiance is perfect for a relaxed meal and the service at Kava is also great. They have decorated the restaurant according to the festival theme and the first thing you will notice will be the two beautiful women at reception, dressed in traditional Uttarakhand attire.



As I am a pure non-vegetarian, my Thali had the following dishes – Akrot Kebab, Jakhiya Paneer, Phannu (dish made of mixed lentils), Pahari Rajma, Kafuli (Spinach and fenugreek leaves dish), Chakhor (Partridge) Kebab, Pahari Murgi Aloo Tamatar Jhol (curry), Ghanuo Jhol (Lamb Shank), Teetar Biryani, Jinnu ki roti, Pahari Lal Chawal, Mandua (Finger millet) ki Roti, and Gahat ke Parathe <3


Bhang ki chutney (Yes.. you read it right!), Bhatt ki chutney, Amla chutney, Batuwe ka raita and Amchuri ( a sweet and spicy version of Mango Murabba) were my favorite accompaniments. Surprisingly this is the first time I had a Thali without any fried items like papad or fritters and I really didn’t miss those.







For desserts, though there were plenty of options I tried only Kheer, Coconut Barfi and the famous Bal Mithai (Chocolate colored barfi made of sweetened khoya coated with sugar balls).
Along with Head Chef Aniket Das and other Chefs, the man behind this fest is Chef Kripal Adhikari who is also from Uttarakhand. So authenticity is guaranteed :) All the dishes were exceptional when it comes to simplicity and taste. The sizzling flavors are still in my mind and this experience will be cherished for a lifetime.




The Dinner buffet is priced at INR 949 + Taxes. This festival is from 11th – 20th August and only at Kava, Fairfield by Marriott, Rajajinagar. Don’t miss it!
Address:
Kava, Fairfield by Marriott
59 C Cross, 4th M Block,
Rajajinagar
Bengaluru - 560010
For reservations, contact 080 49470020


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Explore the world of healthy dishes through Pop'I Food Truck - Inorbit Mall, Whitefield!



Cheese filled sandwiches, deep fried snacks (oh! I hate those deep fried oreo) and thick milk shakes; these are the items which come to my mind when I think about any food truck. I always thought the food truck is another way to grab some fast food till I visited a new food truck near Inorbit Mall, Whitefield recently – Pop’I; which serves only healthy food.
 


Pop’I, the brainchild of Mr. Vishal Gupta & Ms. Rashmi Upadhyaya, brings together the finesse of a quick, friendly and casual food truck dining experience. From Sprouts Khichdi to Roasted Beet Salad with Feta, Zero-oil Palak Paneer to Thai curry, Pineapple- Ginger- Aloe Vera drink to Coconut Mojito; they have interesting healthy vegetarian options.







I was invited for this food truck launch and after tasting the food, I felt most of the healthy dishes from their menu was much better than what we get in most of the QSR’s. I liked the raw banana salad, roasted beet salad with feta, Sprouts Khichdi, Mushroom Sliders, Grilled cottage cheese sandwich served with three dips, Aloe Vera Halwa, and Pineapple- Ginger- Aloe vera cooler. While most of the dishes and drinks were too impressive, the Zero-oil Palak Paneer was not up to my liking. I am sure I will go back again for some of my favorites dishes from the menu or when I really crave for some quick healthy veg options when I am around Whitefield area.



For the time being, they will operate in and around Inorbit Mall, which is surrounded by IT companies. Pop’I’s menu is not complicated and their portions are generous and reasonably priced which is ideal for working people who just want to grab a quick bite. They also provide home delivery. A meal for two would be ₹400/- (approximately).
Address:
Pop'I
Inorbit Mall,
EPIP Zone, Whitefield
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Persian Pop Up by Anaida Parvaneh at SodaBottleOpenerWala, Lavelle Road, Bengaluru



Something really interesting is happening at SodaBottleOpenerWala these days. They are having a Persian Pop-up menu by Anaida Parvaneh who is Famed Singer, Artist, Healer and Chef for this special culinary experience at SodaBottleOpenerWala located at Lavelle Road, Bengaluru. People who have tried this Persian Pop-up menu are going back again. The menu is magical and the person who created this curated menu, Chef Anaida Parvaneh does wonders with her culinary skills. If you love Persian cuisine or finger-licking food, then this Persian Pop-up is a must-try – a guilt-free pleasure indulgence which will leave you to crave for more Persian flavors. This festival is on till 16th Aug.

Recently I attended a spectacular ‘Food and Spirituality workshop’ at SBOW and that’s the first time I met Anaida Parvaneh. If you’re 90’s kid, you will surely know this famous Indi-pop Singer’s songs ‘Tan bole oova oova’ and animated song, ‘Hoo halla hoo’. Back then more than Hindi movie songs I used to love Hindi album songs. 90’s album songs are very nostalgic. When I met Anaida before the workshop, I couldn’t believe my eyes. She is very sweet, down-to-earth kinda person with abundant knowledge about food and spiritual matters. The workshop was so useful and interesting which anyone can practice on day-to-day life for bringing more positive vibes.

PC: Anuvechi

At the workshop, she created a ‘magic soup’ for the audience with basic ingredients like mushrooms, green chili, onion, garlic, pearl barley, turnip, corn, carrots and coriander etc. She explained the benefits of each ingredient while cooking. I tried the non-veg version of it with Chicken and trust me; I was dumbstruck by the flavors. Without adding any dry spices or masala this super healthy and light soup tasted awesome. We learned simple tricks to change our negative thoughts into positive one. The workshop was truly a learning experience.


Just two days after the workshop, I visited SBOW again for Anaida’s special Persian Pop-up lunch for my love for Persian food and culture. Another interesting thing happened that afternoon was, a famous and crazy person joined for lunch – RJ Tuhin from Red FM 93.5. I was very lucky to meet Anaida again for lunch and she suggested us what to try. In next few minutes, our table was filled with aromatic dishes.

Food


We started with Persian Jujeh Kabab – a mildly spiced, Saffron flavored kebab which was succulent. They served the kebabs with spicy mint chutney.


Haleem with Pav – One of my favorite dishes from that lunch was this slow cooked Haleem with no-oil. This is a very popular breakfast dish in Iran. The flavors from fried onions made it extraordinary. They served Haleem with in-house Pav.


Baghali Polo (Fava Bean Rice) – Dil leaves make any dish flavorful and tasty. This rice was no different. Dil leaves and fava beans topped with Saffron flavored butter tasted amazing wonderful that we really didn’t bother about accompaniments. All the dishes served were nonspicy to mildly spicy ones.

Laboo Burani –Such a beautiful, colorful and creamy raita made of beetroot, hung curd and garnished with rose petals and pomegranate. I can even have this as a dessert. She uses Iranian rose petals for this delicious raitha.


Lubiya Polo – Tomato and Cinnamon flavored minced Lamb with French beans and rice- another must-try dish from the Persian pop-up menu. For an extra kick of flavor, pair it with Mast-O-Khiyar (Cucumber Raita) or Laboo Burani (Sweet Beetroot Raita). I chose the latter one.


Esfahan Beryani – This was one interesting dish. My initial thought on Beryani - spelling was written incorrectly till Anaida threw some light on this topic. Esfahan/Isfahan Beryani is the actual biryani which doesn’t contain rice. This is one of the oldest Persian dishes which is made of incredibly soft and fire roasted lamb patty. This is served in Naan / taftoon bread. The term Beryani means, ‘roasted in fire’.


Desserts


For desserts we tried, Anaida’s special Shole Zard (Yellow flame rice pudding) and Wheat Halwa. Both the desserts were carefully created and served with so much love. Traditionally Shole Zard was served only for special occasions the reason being Saffron was considered to be so precious. Shole Zard was light and tasty.


My favorite was the Wheat Halwa made of Clarified butter with the richness of rose water, cinnamon, and dry fruits.

Drinks


How can I have a meal at SBOW without my favorite Raspberry Soda (this was not part of the Persian Pop-up menu)? They make this refreshing drink with fresh raspberry crush and soda. A break from the virgin drinks made of artificial fruit crush.


Some things are better left incomplete and I don’t want to spoil the fun by sharing all the details I’ve experienced at Anaida’s workshop and Persian Pop-up (see the happy faces in the above pic). If you like my dining experience at SBOW, you should surely visit before 16th Aug to experience the same. A meal for two would be ₹1,200 ++
Address:
SodaBottleOpenerWala
#24/4, Lavelle Road, Opp Harley Davidson Showroom
Bengaluru - 560001
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