Monday, 30 March 2015

Review: Amritsar Food Festival at Sofitel Mumbai with Masterchef Contestant Chef Jyoti Arora.

The Amritsar express that connects Mumbai to the Golden city completes the journey in approximately thirty hours.  Thirty long hours before you can offer prayers at the Golden Temple and savor delicacies that would make any Instagram lover proud.  Just the thought of relishing Amritsari macchi, kulcha-chole, lassi, gur ka halwa, dal pinni would make the long journey worthwhile. But we hopped on to the Amritsar Xpress and enjoyed authentic delicacies, right in Mumbai…. Wondering where?

The beautiful Al fresco section at Jyran, Sofitel

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Review: The Robatayaki food festival at Joss enthralls food lovers with modern surprises.

If there is that one meal we remember vividly amongst the many we have relished ( Oh, and we have had many), it has to be the one made on a campsite with friends on a campfire. No silverware, no highball glasses, and no fancy pots… a few hot charcoals, a mini barbecue, marinated fish, chicken and seasonal vegetables and we had the party going. So when Joss, Farrokh Khambatta’s signature restaurant invited us to the Robatayaki food festival, we were thrilled. After all Robatayaki, often shortened to just Robata, refers to a method of Japanese style of cooking similar to barbecue in which items of food on skewers are slow-grilled over hot smoking charcoal.

What comes to your mind when you think of Japanese cuisine? Sushi, sashimi, ramen and tempura…. right? Robatayaki that originates from centuries old Japanese style of fireside cooking around a communal hearth that serves both as a cooking area and a source of heat, is often ignored.

We posed for a picture at the entrance (now we love taking pictures, don't we?) and settled down with the cocktail of the evening- Enigma. 

Perfect pose for a perfect evening.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Enliven Your Taste Buds with delectable Gujarati Cuisine in Ahmedabad, Chalo Jamva.

“People who love to eat are always the best people” is my favorite foodie quote. Penned by the legendary Julia Child. Made real by the people of Ahmedabad. Now, what’s the connection here? The undying love for food. The Ahmedabadis love to eat. Eat through the day and some more till midnight is their manta. That the city is full of restaurants and street fare that tempt taste buds adds to their perennial favorite sport- eating out. Though the city offers a huge variety of food, one Navratri (the festival of nine nights celebrated across India) we decided sample Authentic food in Ahmedabad. The much-loved Gujarati cuisine in Ahmedabad is served in standalone joints, specialty thali restaurants and five stars alike. During our 3-day stay we ate lip-smacking food, challenged a local to a masala chaas (buttermilk) drinking competition, lost badly and won many friends. Here is a list of a few Gujarati restaurants in Ahmedabad you can try on your next visit:

Review: Enjoy the Dimsum Festival at Spices in JW Marriott, Mumbai. Enjoy a Charming Cantonese Custom Closer to Home.

Did you know “Dimsum” when literally translated means ‘To Touch Your Heart”? Or that these bite-sized wonders are linked to the Chinese tradition of "yum cha”? And their history dates back to ancient China? 

Okay, we admit. We admit that we too knew this after we were invited to the dimsum festival at Spices, JW Marriott’s, specialty Oriental restaurant. Armed with these tit bits about the dimsum history, we crossed the lovely marble foyer to step into a world of candles, fresh orchids and…. dimsums. Why were we excited? Because a new chef, loads of hot steamed dimsums and conversations while sipping wine can get us as excited as a chocoholic in Hershey’s factory.  So here is how we enjoyed a charming Cantonese custom much closer to our home in Mumbai.

We sat down and sipped white wine as we waited for the bite-sized pockets that originated to provide sustenance to travellers along with their tea in Southern China. A beautifully set table had a variety of dips that would serve as great accompanists to the hot assorted delicacies.

The Dips at Dimsum Festival