Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Straight from the Streets - Asian Street Food Festival at Equinox Bar, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Bengaluru!

When it comes to music, there are genres. Some people like rock music and some like pop; some like jazz and some like EDM. The list is endless. Same applies to food. There are inestimable cuisines, and types of food. But everywhere in this world, there is one category of food which is very common i.e, street food. People love street food to the core; so do I. My love for street food took me to a preview of Asian Street Food festival at Equinox, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Bengaluru. Equinox is famous for their lounge bar, Bollywood nights, and happening parties. Now you can enjoy your favorite music with the company of some great street food and Asian inspired cocktails till 30th April, 2018.

From Dim sums to noodles; baos to spring rolls; satays to fritters, there are enough options to explore which transports you to the streets of South East Asia. As we were a small group, we ordered the dishes in small portions and tried as much as possible. We started off with some refreshing Asian flavor inspired cocktail shots like Som Tum Sling, Tom Yam Kick etc and my drink of the day was Coconut Ginger Twist which was White Rum based drink with coconut water, Cilantro, Ginger and lime juice. This drink went well with the Asian street food.

Now coming to the food – Their festival special menu is so elaborate and if you get confused like me, then ask for Chef’s suggestion. As I eat anything and everything possible in non-veg, I enjoyed eating Nam Prik Pao ( Prawns tossed in Thai Chilli sauce), the classic Chicken Satay served with peanut sauce, Bao with different fillings (loved the mutton and chicken version). The Pork bao was tasty but it was a tad too dry. I took a second serving of Prawns and Chicken dim sums. The dim sum wrap was soft like a rose petal. Ayam Percik - the Malaysian Grilled Chicken with Tamarind sambal was really good.  An Asian flavor literally creates a delightful experience with the following tastes – spicy, tangy, sweet, sour and salty. Even the tradition Vietnamese Rice paper Spring roll (with vegetable stuffing) tastes amazing with basic Chilli sauce or peanut sauce.

While most of the pubs/bars have finger food options on their menu; this time Equinox has included an exclusive main course menu for serious Asian food lovers like me. Bowl meals are very Asian and one can experiment with different flavors. I liked the Thai dish, Kanomjeennamya (Thai minced fish curry served with steam rice), and Tom Kho Danh (Vietnamese Prawn wok-tossed in shrimp paste; served with a bowl of rice) and Ikkam Asam Padas (Malaysian Vegetable curry served with rice).

Desserts were not part of the Asian Street Food menu but as always DoubleTree Suites by Hilton team surprised us with two desserts. Thai inspired Mango sticky rice pudding was yum. The staffs here are very polite and helpful.

This time I was lucky to see the Infinity pool area where they regularly conduct swimming classes. Oh man! What a view it was! This is the perfect place to relax with your favorite cocktail. The Asian Street Food festival started on 16th April and it’s on until this 30th April 2018.

Equinox Bar at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
Iblur Gate, ORR Sarjapur Junction
For reservations, contact - +91 80 67656565
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