Friday, June 21, 2019

Cantan - Chinese Bar House at Lavelle Road, Bengaluru must be your destination for interesting Chinese dishes, like never before!

When the rhythm of food and passion for cooking sync well, great restaurants by super talented Chefs are born. To make my statement more clear, I suggest my readers to visit the newly opened restaurant in town - 'Cantan - Chinese Bar House' by Olive group. After the successful ventures like The Fatty Bao and Olive Beach, AD Singh -Founder of Olive Group and his restaurant partners - Chef Manu Chandra and Chetan Rampal along with the Executive Chef Prashanth has created this magical restaurant which mainly focuses on Guangzhou, Hunan, Shanghai and Sichuan region delicacies. Located on the busy streets of Lavelle Road, this restaurant is for people who love Chinese hot pots and fresh flavors.

I visited Cantan a month ago and had the most delightful experience in recent times. The decor and the positive vibes of this restaurant will surely give a break from the ol' style Chinese restaurants in town. I can chillax there for hours just by sipping their wonderful cocktails. From the bar menu, I loved the 'Star of Cantan', a Vodka based drink with watermelon, basil leaves and beer. Another favorite was Cantan XO, a 'Gin and Tonic drink with in-house made salted plum shrub and oolong tea syrup', a must try drink which was suggested by the team.

Cantan's food menu is quite extensive and impressive. They have an interesting set menu for corporate luncheons with an exclusive 12 seater private dining area. If you love dim sums, hot pots, Shaokao, cold plates and foodgasmic desserts, then Cantan must be your next visit restaurant. If 'Peking style Pork Spare Ribs' was so heavenly indulgence, then earthy tasted 'Wood ear Mushroom Salad', made me realize that I am still on the earth. The 'Yunnan crossing the Bridge Noodles' served with hot chicken broth and 10 toppings on the side was easily one of the best soups I had in Bengaluru.

From the Dim Sums menu, I enjoyed every bit of the 'Lotus Root and Asparagus Puff', 'Shrimp and Water chestnut dim sum', and 'Spinach and fish rolls with Black bean sauce'.

My craving for good fried rice come to a halt after having Cantan's 'Raw Mango and Prawns fried rice' and 'Edamame and Asparagus rice'. Their selection of beef dishes is also quite unique and interesting.

I was very curious to try their desserts as most of the Pan Asian restaurants in town still haven't explored the range of popular Chinese desserts. Cantan won my heart with the classic 'Chinese Egg Custard tarts', and 'Spiced Carrot cake served with a quenelle of Walnut Ice cream'. I have made my mind; on my next visit, I am not gonna share the luscious, melt-in-the-mouth 'Milk Chocolate and Hazelnut Tart' with anyone. They serve this dessert with Sichuan Pepper Ice cream.

Just like Cantan's amazing food, I love the eco-friendly and colorful cutleries they have used. The staffs were very helpful and courteous. I really had a great time and planning to visit again soon for fulfilling my cravings.

A meal for two would be INR 1600 + taxes (without alcohol) and INR 2800 + taxes (with alcohol). Do visit this new restaurant and let me know your experience.
Cantan - Chinese Bar House
Level 1 & 2, #24/4
Opp Harley Davidson Showroom
Lavelle Road, Bengaluru
For reservations, contact - 080 48669269/ 48669267

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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.
#403, Mariappa Road
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

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.
Nook at Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park
Outer Ring Road
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