Wednesday, August 30, 2017

'Mandarin Calling' Festival at OKO-The Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru!

OKO-The Lalit Ashok is having an interesting festival this week– Mandarin Calling. After coming to Bengaluru, I realized, Chinese food is not the same what I used to think it would be. We are so spoiled with Chindian food which is nowhere close to Chinese food. Very few restaurants in town serve authentic or close to authentic Chinese food. This was my second time at OKO and my first visit was very informal lunch. This time, my experience was remarkable one as Chef Luo Jinhong (The Lalit Ashot, Delhi) who has got 20 years of experience in culinary world curated this authentic menu for Mandarin Calling fest.

Located on Level 6 at The Lalit Ashok, OKO has a very warm and soothing ambiance. Surrounded by luxuriantly growing trees, the view from the hotel is beautiful. The hotel staffs were very attentive and professional. This is the perfect place to spend time with your loved ones.


We started off with a light soup made of Asparagus and corn and we just polished off this tasty soup in seconds. We paired this soup with accompaniments like wontons and pickled lotus stem and peanuts.


Spicy means ‘the real spicy’ when I tasted the ‘Spicy and sour cucumber salad’. I just love the flavor of spicy dressing tossed in crunchy cucumber slices.

Dim Sum

Corn and chestnut dumpling and Crystal Prawn dumpling (Har Gow) were literally like the artistic creations on the dim sum steamer. The thin layer of dim sums with preferred filling makes all the difference. No one can eat just one :P


The starters were great. I have never tasted a crispy Tofu preparation before and it was perfectly cooked. The other two starters are so addictive stuffs.

Crispy fried lamb Beijing style

Chong Qing chicken with onion and dry chilli

Tofu chilli black bean in Hunan style

Main Course

Who knows better when it comes to Chinese cuisine? We left this completely to Chef and he cooked up a storm for us, food lovers. No matter whether you’re vegetarian or non-vegetarian, their menu is good enough to suit every palate.

Pomfret in Szechwan pickled chilli sauce

Slice Chicken Shui Zhu sauce

Sizzling Eggplant in Barbeque sauce

Tofu with leek Hunan

King Prawns in Xiang La sauce

Olive vegetable fried rice

My plate <3


To enhance our dining experience, we tried three different mocktails along with lunch.

Watermelon & Coriander Cooler
Iced Tea Sangria
Apple & Cinnamon drink


The dessert options are very limited in most of the Chinese restaurants in town. I guess Chinese people don’t have sweet tooth like Indians. For desserts, we had ‘Steamed chocolate bun with honey butter sauce and chocolate-nuts filling’. The melt-in-mouth soft bun was foodgasmic.

After a spectacular lunch, it was time to go for a walk in the lawn. The main intention was to say Hi to Burney – the rescued St. Bernard. This dog is so cool and he happily pose for pics. Trust me; no rejuvenation session can assure you the pleasure of time spend with pets. The lunch and the overall experience at The Lalit Ashok was so great that I would love to go back to this hotel again.


They have both ‘A la Carte’ and 4-course Chef’s choice menu which comprises of Soup, starter, main course & dessert and it’s is priced at 1350 ++ taxes. The ‘Mandarin Calling’ Festival is until Sep 3rd and it’s available for lunch and dinner :) #Yougottatryit
OKO at The Lalit Ashok
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