Monday, April 22, 2019

Check out the 'Royal Flavours of Rajasthan' at The Hebbal Cafe - Courtyard by Marriott Hebbal, Bengaluru!

‘The Hebbal Café’ at Courtyard by Marriott Hebbal has come up with an interesting festival this time to celebrate the essence of Rajasthan – ‘Royal flavors of Rajasthan’. I was interested to check out this festival as this is one state which I always wanted to explore for its rich traditions, culture and distinct cuisines. I am so fond of colors and Rajasthan is all about vibrant colors and that is another reason which connects me to this beautiful state.

Coming back to the ongoing food festival which I enjoyed to the core in recent times. The Executive Chef Lakhbir Singh along with the visiting Chef from The Westin Pushkar, Chef Laxmi Narayan Das, and the Marriott team has created a ‘Royal feast’ for us. Trust me, this time it was more close to my heart as the Chef created all the dishes with the right ingredients and sourced everything from the land of Rajputs.

Though there was a buffet option, we got a chance to experience the Thali. The wonderful afternoon started with three summer coolers – Bajre ki raab (millet drink), Pomme’s cup and a Muskmelon drink.

For appetizers, I had Pichola Macchi (deep fried fish with burned garlic flavor) and Maas ke sule (smoked and grilled lamb with a handful of spices). These two appetizers were so good. Shekhawati Dahi Wada was another favourite of mine.

Rajasthani food is much more than Dal-bati-Churma and Laal Maas, yet we can’t skip these two amazing dishes when it comes to Thali. The Laal Maas was totally different from what I have tried before in Bangalore, and that’s simply because of the main ingredient they have used is Mathania chilies, which makes this a great dish. It also adds a bright red color which is far better than the color of Kashmiri chillies.

Other than Laal Maas, I enjoyed Ker Sangri (a delicious dish made of Shrub berry (Ker) and dried Beans (Sangri), Jodhpuri Bharwaan Gatte, Paneer Mircha, Murgh Shekhawati, Mawa Pulao, Makai Roti, three types of pickles and my favorite Dal-Bati-Churma.

For desserts, we had the beautifully done Malai Ghewar, Malpua and some Orange flavored Churma and that was truly the best-chosen desserts for the finishing touch to our lunch.

Overall I enjoyed this grand Royal Rajasthani flavors and also gives me a reminder to visit this beautiful land sometime soon. If you want to experience a glimpse of flavors of the royal kitchens of Rajasthan, then head to The Hebbal Café at Courtyard Marriott, Hebbal. The festival is on till May 5th, 2019.
Wallet Factor –
Buffet Lunch – 1400 + taxes
Buffet Dinner – 1500 + taxes
Thali (available for in-room dining) - ₹999 (inclusive of taxes)

Courtyard by Marriott Hebbal
#2/55, Outer Ring Road
Bengaluru 560045
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

'La Cocina de Valencia', a Valencian Food Festival at Raj Pavilion - ITC Windsor Hotel, Bengaluru!

 Only two more days… 

You gotta try the ongoing Valencian Food Festival – ‘La Cocina de Valencia’ at Raj Pavilion at ITC Windsor Hotel as the Valencian spread they chose for this fest is simply incredible. I believe that the way to any culture is with their food. Spanish food is just as beautiful as the language. The farm fresh vegetables and fresh seafood are the highlights of Valencian cuisine.

Recently, a few of us indulged in buffet dinner where we couldn’t resist skipping any of the specialty dishes including Farmer’s salad, Ham Cheese and quail eggs served with freshly made cheese flavored Potato chips, Escalivada, Empanadillas, Seafood Paella, Savoury Churros with Cheese Fondue, and lots and lots of festival special dishes. Chef Soni Kumari (Winner - Chaine de Rotissuers JCR -2017, India Chapter) gave us more details on the Valencian festival and also about some of the must-try dishes.

One must save so much space in the tummy for their delightful desserts. My dessert platter had Crèma Catalana, Tarta de Santiago, Miguelitos (Puff pastry with flavored pastry cream), Flan Valenciano, Tarte de Queso (Cheesecake).
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Along with the amazing Valencian food, I love the vintage style décor and old world charm of this hotel. Thank you, dear Simonti Majumdar, Shruti Jain, Ashika and team ITC Windsor for the great hospitality and also for one of the best luxury dining experiences I had in Bangalore. I will surely visit again to explore more. Thanks to my partners in crime – Neel, Monika, and Natasha for the great company. Who said we need alcohol to get high, we surely didn’t miss the poison on that ‘Dry day’. The Valencian spread is available only for dinner and the fest is on till 20th April 2019.
Pricing – 1995 + taxes

Raj Pavilion - ITC Windsor
#25, Windsora Square
Golf Course Road
Bengaluru - 560052
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Monday, April 15, 2019

A French Fiesta by Chef De Cuisine Roxanne Lange at ALBA by JW Marriott Hotel, Bengaluru!

Attention all culinary enthusiasts in town…

If you’re looking for a Michelin star restaurant experience, then head to ALBA at JW Marriott Hotel, Bengaluru as they are having ‘A French Fiesta’ by visiting Chef De Cuisine Roxanne Lange from the multiple award-winning restaurant -  ‘The Reflexions at The Athenee Hotel’, Bangkok. Indulge in 4 or 5 course (‘a la carte’ menu is also available) French extraordinary culinary creations which will tickle your taste buds for sure.

Chef Roxanne has more than 18+ years of extensive culinary experience and her qualifications include cold kitchen, warm kitchen, and pastry. I was dumbstruck by her amazing plating skills and flavor combinations, just like we see it in Masterchef Australia. She uses all fresh produces and the result will leave you speechless. Every tiny bit of the meal you would enjoy to the core. I was truly delighted in trying some of her creations like ‘Seabass, tiny mushrooms and truffle’, ‘Lobster, carrot, Pumpkin and Orange’, Duck liver and apple, ‘Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, Balsamic, Goat Cheese foam’, ‘Beet Risotto with grated Ricotta’, Lamb rack with Bell pepper, sun choke and Lamb Jus’ and a perfect dessert to end the French feast with the classic combination of ‘fresh Strawberries, Yogurt, Vanilla and Honeycomb crisps’. The taste of these beautifully plated dishes will remain close to my heart until I visit Chef Roxanne’s Restaurant – The Reflexions at The Athenee, Bangkok.

According to Chef De Cuisine Roxanne Lange-“Nothing beats getting a good customer reaction to a new culinary creation. But to achieve it takes dedication as well as inspiration. When you have a great team around you, you hit the sweet spot with both guest enjoyment and personal fulfillment”. Don’t miss this exclusive French dishes by Chef Roxanne Lange which is available till 20th April 2019 (from 7PM -11PM). Thank you team JW Marriott and team Encomium for this wonderful experience.
Wallet factor –
A la carte menu starts from - ₹750 onwards
5 course Set menu (Veg) - ₹3400/- ++
5 course Set menu (Non -Veg) - ₹3900/- ++
Lobby L1
JW Marriott Hotel
Lavelle Road, Bengaluru
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