Friday, August 31, 2012

Shitakke Oriental Restaurant - Review

Whitefield is one of the fastest developing suburbs in Bangalore. Due to lots of emerging malls in this IT hub, Whitefield is buzzing with activity in the food and beverage space, attracting some of the country's most celebrated chefs and enterprising restaurateurs, who are proverbially cooking up a storm.
We recently visited Ascendas Park Square which is situated in the iconic ITPB. It has got some very good restaurants one of which is Shitakke

The Ambiance is welcoming and nice! The music was not too loud! The huge Buddha statue is very inviting. The decor kept simple.

"Savour the soulful flavours of the mushroom that speaks volumes of the mystical orient. Breathe in the lingering aroma of the exquisite meal that appeases the taste buds of the truest connoisseur.
Experience a slice of oriental culinary excellence at Shitakke. Boasting the freshest ingredients and the most exotic preparations, Shitakke takes us from Bangkok to Tokyo all in one evening, with a menu ranging from its Northern Thai Curries to its Fresh." is what the people of Shitakke have to say!!

Executive Chef Surendra Chetri takes us on a culinary journey and treats us to very hearty Pan Asian delicacies!!
We started with soups like
SWEET CORN VEGETABLE SOUP-American corn paste with whole corn, salt and sugar and vegetable stock.
TOM YUM VEGETABLE SOUP-Lemon grass, galangal, lemon lips, vegetable stock and tom yum paste.
TOMATO CILANTRO SOUP-Ginger and butter, tomato chunks, vegetable stock,salt,sugar and chopped cilantro.
I liked the Wonton Soup
Veg Dimsums!!

Chef's Signature dish!
CRISPY SHITAKKE HONEY PEPPER-Shredded shitakke coated with cornflour, deep fried and tossed with ginger, honey and pepper.

This is a picture of dry Shitakke Mushrooms!

TAI PAI CAULIFLOWER-Diced cauliflower coated with cornflour and chilli paste, deep fried and tossed with ginger, garlic and chilli oil.

The Stir fried veg noodles tasted very fresh and yum! It was my favourite!!

TOFU, SHITAKKE BLACK BEAN SAUCE-Tofu cut into triangle shapes and shitakke mushroom with garlic, ginger, black bean seed, soya and seasoning.

VEG THAI GREEN CURRY-Assorted vegetables blanched and sauted with green curry paste to which is added vegetable stock and coconut milk.
STIR FRIED GREENS-Chinese green vegetables tossed with garlic, sesame oil and seasonings.
The mocktails that were served
KIWI ROYAL- Kiwi crush, fresh lime,sugar syrup, salt and soda.
HURRICANE- Grenadine,mango and pineapple juice, mint with a mixture of sweet and sour.
They have a wholesome lunch buffet the entire week!
Regarding the Price- Light in your pocket Heavy in your Tummy:)

Executive Chef Surendra Chetri heads the kitchen at Shitakke!!

Surendra Chetri also has experience in the hospitality field. He has been with some of the major chains across India and his favourite cuisine is Pan- Asian. Partial to cooking Korean food and Japanese Sushi, Chef Surendra goes out of his way to satisfy the culinary tastes and cravings of his clientele across the country.

People Behind Shitakke
Formed in 2011, India based “Orange Tomato Pvt Ltd” operates 4 absolutely gorgeous F&B brands – Shitakke, Twenty.21, Oval Bar and Binge.
Orange Tomato’s international luxury offering is a fresh new brand born out of cultured sophistication, yet modern and innovative in concept. The team is a bunch of smart, fresh, talented individuals bringing foreign yet authentic cuisines to the people of India.
Orange Tomato Pvt Ltd is the brain child of Gilbert Soman, Shibu Thomas and Suhani Mehta. In the capacity of Directors, the dynamic and food loving trio, have Muni Rathnam as the General Manage – Operations. Executive Chef Surendra Chetri heads the kitchen at Shitakke. It is the heart of Oriental cuisine . The young brand also introduces its foray into lounges and bars through Binge, one of the most popular hot spots in Bangalore for a great lounging experience and Oval Bar which is setting new standards for an uninhibited partying experience at an all new level when it comes to indulging in fun and pampering your spirits.

DISCLAIMER: All the views in this post are my own and done by tasting the product. This is not a paid review

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Shahi Paneer a Royal Delicacy!

Shahi paneer is a Royal delicacy of paneer  in a thick, creamy and slightly spicy gravy of tomato, onion and cashew nuts paste. 
200 grams of Paneer-cubed
3 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 small Onions, finely copped
2 Tomatoes- pureed
2 tsp Ginger garlic paste
1 Green Chili slit lengthwise
1 tsp Cumin Powder
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Garam Masala
¾ cup Cashew Pieces
1 cup Milk
1 to 1 1/2 cup Water
Salt to taste
2-4 sprigs of Coriander / mint , finely chopped for garnishing
Soak the cashew nuts in milk for about 15 minutes.
Heat 2 tbsp Oil in a pan on medium heat. Add cumin seeds and let it splutter.
Add Onions and fry until slightly golden.
Add Ginger-Garlic paste and Green Chilli and cook for 1 minute.
Add Tomato puree and stir well and cook until oil separates.
While Onions/Tomato mixture is cooking, blend soaked Cashew nuts and milk in a blender until smooth.
Once Onion/Tomato mixture is ready, add Cumin powder, Coriander powder and garam masala and mix well. Add cashew nuts and milk mixture and mix well. There should be no lumps in the gravy. The heat should be on low as the gravy will thicken fast. Add water, Salt and bring to boil.
While waiting for the gravy to boil, slightly sauté cubed paneer in 1 tbsp oil, on medium to high heat in a non-stick pan.
Once paneer is slight golden brown in color, drain excess oil.
Once gravy comes to a boil, add in paneer and mix.
Garnish with fresh coriander, mint or additional broken cashews.
If you like thicker or thinner gravy, adjust the amount of water accordingly.
Serve warm with Rotis or Naan.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bliss Luxury Chocolates - Review

"The Mayans believed chocolate to be the food of the Gods, and our veneration of chocolate is nothing less!" is what the creators of Bliss Chocolates have to say.
Bliss is India's first luxury chocolate brand and has brought the first Chocolate Lounge to India.They are dedicated to crafting exquisite handmade European chocolates & desserts. The first Chocolate Lounge was launched with great success at the Whitefield Forum Value Mall in Bangalore, India in June, 2009.
The Founders of Bliss chocolates are NRIs from Australia who have vast experience in a variety of fields ranging from the Hospitality Industry to Finance, IT and HR. Founded in 2008, Bliss currently has four lounges across the city – the Bliss Luxe Lounge in UB City, the Bliss Lounge at Mantri Square, Bliss Chocolate Lounge at Forum Mall and Forum Value Mall.

I and my dear friend Sweatha of  "Tasty curry leaf" were invited to the lounge for a review and how blissful is that!! 

Bliss is a premium brand that creates unique Luxury Chocolates, Cakes and Desserts. Their raw chocolate is sourced from all around the world and Their recipes are unique and created by world renowned chocolatiers and patisseries.

It was truly a blissful treat to our eye and soul. I loved the chilly and Masala chai flavor and my daughter loved strawberry flavoured chocolates:)

 The Bliss executives greeted us very warmly with these lovely spread of chocolates and desserts. We were served  Balloon brownie -A chocolate balloon over the brownie sizzles in front of you once the hot chocolate is poured over, Belgian Chocolate Truffle Cake, Chocolate mousse cake, a Chocolate Marquise -A dessert that has dark chocolate mousse layered by chocolate brownie  and chocolates with signature flavours like Rum truffle, Cardamom, Raspberry, Strawberry  Masala Chai, Cumin, Praline passion, Pina colada, Almond Sensation, Cinnamon, Honey ginger, Hazelnut and many more..

Blue berry mousse layered with vanilla sponge and topped with blueberry puree, Strawberry Mousse Cake, Mango Passion- A mixture of mango and passion fruit yogurt based dessert for the fruity lovers.

The Belgian Chocolate Truffle cake which had sponge cake layers stuffed with Belgian Chocolate Ganache is completely eggless.

They also have sugar free chocolates. Diabetics and weight watchers can now enjoy without guilt the sugar free range of chocolate bars, in which sugar has been substituted with Maltitol.
They have lovely Gifting ideas and hampers in their website.
Bliss also has launched its new range of gourmet boutique breads at Gourmet West at the Forum Mall, Koramangala, Bangalore. Gourmet West has got multigrain breads, burger buns, Whole Wheat breads, lavash, bread sticks, muffins, croissants, tea cakes and much more!!

It was truly a blissful journey into the world of chocolates especially when you get to taste Indian flavours in a chocolate!

DISCLAIMER: All the views in this post are my own and done by tasting the product. This is not a paid review.