On a fine evening when I walked into InAzia, the Pan-Asian restaurant at Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel, I didn’t know a traditional Thai experience was waiting for me. The ongoing Thai Food Festival at InAzia is on until 29th Aug, 2018 and it’s by Chef Rungtiwa Sorlae in association with Thailand Tourism. Chef Rungtiwa created a storm for us foodies with her 14+ years of experience and not to forget the fact that she is from Bangkok and she literally transported us to the streets of Bangkok. The staffs were dressed in traditional Thai attire and the entire set up was going well with the theme. The traditional Thai music played by two beautiful Thai women was a treat. They used the traditional stringed musical instruments like Khim (dulcimer) and Chakhe. The music was very soothing and it set the perfect mood for our dinner. For FB live video, click here
That evening we just went with Chef’s choices. Thai cuisine is famous for its robust flavors and here are some of the dishes we tasted as part of the Thai food festival.
We started with the Som Tam Salad (raw Papaya Salad). There was a live counter for the same and a lady in traditional attire was preparing the salad. The salad was good but would have been better with dried shrimp crumbs.
Larb Gai Salad – Spicy minced chicken salad with distinct flavors from bird’s eye chilies, mint leaves, and lemon.
Tom Yam Soup (Chicken) – This was very different from whatever Tom yam soup I have tried so far. The soup was very light, spicy and a good choice for the cold weather.
Thai style Omelette with Crab meat filling - I just loved this thick and fluffy Thai Omelette which is a very popular street food from Thailand.
Thai style Grilled chicken – This dish looked very dry but each slice was so tender and it went well with the peanut sauce. The combo was so so delicious.
The flavorsome Phad Thai Noodles had tofu and other oriental vegetables. We non-vegetarians waited for the Chicken/Prawns version of Phad Thai noodles which never came to our table.
They also served us some Jasmine rice with Thai Green curry (Tofu and Prawns). While serving this I almost lost my patience as it took ages for the staff to serve us some Thai Green curry. Despite asking repeatedly all I could see was the irritated face of staff which I won’t appreciate in a fine-dining restaurant. This might be the result of hosting a large group that night. The staffs were bit confused and not clear with the dish names or cocktails they served us. Hopefully, they will improve on this part in future. Thanks to Chef Rungtiwa, who made sure that we left the restaurant with a smile.
At the Sheraton Grand Hotel, you can blindly select your cocktail and they always make sure the cocktail is perfect for your palate. This time I had a Singapore sling and Pikachu. The latter one was very potent.
For desserts, we tried the Tab Tim Krob and Baked Pumpkin with Egg Custard. I liked the Egg custard which was creamy and perfectly done.
Except for the slow service, I enjoyed my experience at this Pan-Asian restaurant. InAzia has two separate private dining areas with 8 seaters. I loved their ambiance, staff’s Thai attire, traditional music and an array of a lovely Thai meal. I hope they add some of the interesting dishes to their regular menu. I would definitely visit again for another foodgasmic experience.
InAzia at Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre
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