Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Gourmet Passport presents celebration of Indian Cuisine at Kava, Fairfield Marriott Bengaluru ORR in association with Paul John Whisky!

About last evening - 

"Whisky is liquid sunshine" - George Bernard Shaw

This simple quote came into my mind when I tasted a beautiful whisky - Nirvana by Paul John at the sit-down dinner at Kava, Fairfield Bengaluru ORR curated by Gourmet Passport. Though I am not a Whisky drinker, towards the end of our dinner, I liked the drinks I've tried. They had three cocktails, out of which my favorite was 'Bold fashioned'. Paul John Whisky cocktails paired with great Indian food at Kava was a sublime experience and all thanks to Gourmet Passport team for a great evening.

A fun quiz session by Mr Heemanshu

Kava introduced their all-new dinner menu Qafila, which sets a perfect example for traditional Indian cuisine. The Executive Chef Sudhir Nair is a travel freak and from our conversation and the exceptional food I tasted, he brings the best of Indian flavors on your table.

Here is what I loved most -

Santra Chilgoza - A classic Indian Shorba made of Kashmiri Orange, pine nut, green chilli and cilantro. Trust me, this soup had kickass flavors.

Kundan Kaliya - Boneless Chicken roulade in a mix of almond paste, and spice mix.

Mahi Sarson - Fish (Indian Salmon) cooked in mustard paste and turmeric.

Alu Bhukhara Ke Kofte - Super delicious Alu Kofta with dried plum stuffing smeared in a creamy gravy. I tried this dish with Khameeri Naan.

Sarson Ka Saag - Who doesn't love this dish? The dish is made of Mustard leaves and other greens with a tempering of clarified butter, onion, mustard seeds and garlic, served with a dollop of white butter and served with hot hot Makki ki Roti.

Badenjaan - A very popular Persian inspired dish made of sliced aubergines topped with yoghurt and tomato salsa.

Kava Dal - I loved the Kava's version of Dal Makhani.
Bhagahara Khana - A simple pulao with the aroma of whole spices.

For desserts, we had Kulfi Falooda and Shahi Tukda and that simple-looking Kulfi Falooda just blew my mind. We ended the dinner with a paan shot.

A special thanks to Monica Khara and her team for being a wonderful host for the evening and also making sure that we diners had a great time.

A flop selfie attempt by me :P

Gourmet Passport is your go-to app for the best restaurant deals in your city. Currently, they have presence in Bengaluru, Delhi -NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Pune. We really missed Mr Rocky Mohan, the 'Founder of Gourmet Passport', at the event yesterday. Mr Rocky Mohan is one of the top influential people in Indian F&B industry. If you've watched MCU judge Chef Gary Mehigan's show- 'Masters of Taste', you will understand how passionate is Mr Rocky Mohan when it comes to food. Another interesting fact about Mr.Mohan is that he is the face of India's popular drink Old Monk. He is carrying the legacy which was started by his Grandfather.

Love the collectibles (Whisky stones) received from Paul John and the special spice mix from Kava <3

A big thanks to dear Aslam ji for a well-curated event. Aslam ji, Your events are really special and people who know you well will swear by the exclusive and memorable events attended by them.
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Monday, July 1, 2019

The Pump House - A must visit Pub in JP Nagar, Bengaluru!

A few years back, going to a Pub for me was like Friday night party with friends and options were really less that time. Now Pub culture has boomed like anything and every corner you will find one. If there is craft beer available at the Pub which I visit, then I won't bother checking the bar menu for other options. Recently I have been to 'The Pump House' at JP Nagar and had a lovely afternoon.

So what's special about this place? - I liked every corner of this Pub. They have great ambience, well maintained green spots everywhere and lovely vibes. Spread across three levels, TPH is one of the finest pubs I have visited in town. They have 6 house beers on tap (Including a seasonal beer) and my most favorite was 'Tropical Stout with Coffee' with ABV 6.6% and IBU 24. After a long journey to this Pub, a glass of chilled beer was much needed.

You will be surprisingly confused to see their food menu with dishes from all around the world and Chef Cris has got magic in his hands. Almost everything he suggested us were so damn good. I liked the crunchy Muesli Chat (which I never had before), the classic Chicken Satay with Peanut sauce, Egg Truffle Pakoda, Tandoori Jhinga (Prawns), and Murgh Malai Tikka. The DIY Nachos platter was comparatively better than the Mezzeh platter. The Beef Pepper Fry was so AMAZINGGG.

For the Main course, my friend and I tried their Kung Pao Chicken and instead of Jasmine rice, we opted for Veg fried rice. The Veg fried rice was so flavorful and mildly spicy with Sichuan peppercorns in it. The Kung Pao chicken was too sweet for my liking.

After trying appetizers and main course, there was no room for desserts, so I settled with a glass of cocktail - Cocoberry Bomb. While taking the order the staff clearly told me that cocktail will be too sweet for my liking but I really loved the flavors and I didn't miss the desserts.

On a Tuesday afternoon, we saw this place so packed and do I have to mention anything more? Do visit TPH and I am sure you will have a great time too, just like me. A meal for two would be INR 1500/-  approximately (with alcohol).
The Pump House
#607, 15th Cross
JP Nagar 1st Phase
Bengaluru - 560078
For reservations, contact - 096061 27666

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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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