A bit of Tamil Nadu, a bit of Karnataka and a bit of Kerala; this is what I felt at Kongu Gourmet Festival at Feast, Sheraton Grand Hotel which is happening from 13th May to 22nd May, 2016.
Kongunadu dishes are created by the visiting Chef, Chef Sakthivel from Le Royal Meridien, Coimbatore and that's the highlight of this fest. A very humble person, Chef Sakthivel has got 30+ years of experience as a Chef and has worked with many big groups of Hotels. He was happy to share more details on Kongunadu cuisine.
Kuchi Meen Varuval and Kozhi Sukka (Non-vegetarian)
Welcome drinks - Neer More (Sugarcane juice) and Ragi Cool (Finger millet drink)
Soon after I settled down in a couch, I got my 'Neer more' drink which was so refreshing. They have put a stall for fresh sugarcane juice. Starters were so delectable especially the deep fried fish which was Kuchi Meen Varuval and Kuzhi paniyaram. All the starters were served with a bowl of fresh coconut chutney.
Festival special main course had Nattukottai Mutton Kuzhambu, Njandu Milaku Peratal (Crab cooked in thick gravy), Peerkankai Parippu Kootu (Moong Dal curry), Vandakayi Podi Thoval (dry Okra preparation), Muringakai Kathrikai Sambar (Drumstick-lentil curry), Egg masala and Jeera Sambar Kozhi biryani with accompaniments like appalams and pickles. Both veg and non-veg dishes gave a village home cooked food feel with a 5-star restaurant Chef's touch.
Next comes my favorite part- desserts. This was even more special as the Chef himself brought lot of sweets (Ginger toffee, lemon/orange candy, thein mittai, ellundai, chikki, kappalandi mittai and jaggery sweet) from Coimbatore. All these were childhood favorites and it gave a nostalgic feeling. Kalkanda pongal (Sweet Pongal/Rice pudding) was the festival special dessert of the day.
Lunch is priced ₹1445+ taxes and for the dinner, ₹1595+ taxes. They also have weekend brunch with a different pricing.
Feast- Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel
26/1, Brigade Gateway
Dr.RajKumar Road, Malleshwaram
For reservations, contact 080 42521000
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