A festival that celebrates asparagus instantly brings to mind Dan Barber’s Blue Hill in Manhattan. Those who’ve seen the Netflix documentary series, Chef’s Table will know that asparagus makes for all kinds of treats including icecream. This weekend, a Bengaluru restaurant hosts an asparagus festival and a cooking workshop revives heirloom recipes from Gujarat.
An asparagus salad with sesame seeds and pinenuts with a fresh citrus dressing sounds like an opera written for summer time. Ottimo, ITC Gardenia’s Italian restaurant has an entire concert in mind starring the vegetable with dishes such as green asparagus risotto, a tortelli and desserts too including crème caramel with white asparagus and berries and a tart made of ricotta and white asparagus. Of course, there’s an excellent wine list specially drawn up for all courses.
Where: The Ottimo, ITC Gardenia, 1 Residency Hotel
When: May 10-20 (Dinner only)
Price: Rs 2500 per head (excluding taxes)
Phone: 080 4345 5000
For those craving seafood with spicy South Indian flavours, Bon South has charted a gastronomical journey through the coastal region of South India in a menu featuring dishes like Alleppey fish curry (Bangada fish), prawn in Mango curry, fish tawa fry (Mangalorean), Malabar fish cutlets and more. The buffet also features vegetarian dishes such as plain and podi dosas, Malabari parathas and a variety of desserts.
Where: Bon South, #131,1st Cross, Koramangala 5th Block, Jyoti Nivas College Road
When: Until May 22, 12 pm to 3.30 pm and 7 pm to 11pm
Price: Rs 610 onwards (Inclusive of taxes)
Phone: 080 4965 2551
Relish the flavours of Chettiyar cuisine traditionally laden with a generous dose pepper at Southnindies. The “Chettiyar Special” festival focusses on the flavours of Karaikudi with traditional favourites such as paccha payir paniyaram (crispy green moong gram dumplings), jackfruit porichathu (ripe jackfruit dipped in rice batter and fried), sodhi (creamy potato stew) and urlai Chettinad masala (baby potatoes cooked dry in chilly and tomato masala) among other dishes.
Where: South Indies , # 276, 100 ft road, 6th main Junction, Above Giria’s, Indirangar
When: Until May 22, 12 pm to 3.30 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm
Price: Rs 433 onwards (Inclusive of taxes)
Phone: 080 4163 6363
Who’d order home cooked food at a star hotel? You’d be surprised at the number of guests who crave for simple comfort food and this is exactly the kind of cooking that Le Jardin, the all-day restaurant at The Oberoi, Bengaluru is dishing up at their festival, India Nights. There’s the traditional Rajasthani dal panchmel, dhokla from Gujarat, a simple podlanga poriyal (snake gourd fry) from Tamil Nadu, and lots more. There are also innovative desserts like gajar Mysore pak, baked Gajar halwa and banana halwa to finish the meal.
Where: The Oberoi, MG Road
When: Ongoing, 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm
Price: Rs 1525 (exclusive of taxes)
Phone: 0802558 5858
There’s a new all-day menu at Fio Cookhouse in the capital featuring light salads such as the spiked chicken salad and some all-new pairings on the menu such as the biryani nalli boti mutton and kalonji sunchoke paneer. Besides popular Indian dishes, the restaurant has a brand new selection of paninis and buns such as the burrata pepper butter buns, crunchy chicken butter buns and more.
Where: Fio Cookhouse, Epicuria Mall, R1, Nehru Place, Under Metro Station
When: Ongoing, 12 pm to 1 am
Price: Off the menu
Phone: 011-2628 1026
There’s more inspiration from street food on South Mumbai restaurant Café 145. Dishes such as chilli cheese waffle and beef bulgogi bao make for great finger food to go with Indian flavoured cocktails such as the gola cocktail.
Where:145, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai
When: Ongoing, 11.30 am to 1.30 am
Price: Off the menu
Phone : 022-40396638
Chef Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal brings to you another edition of the APB Culinary Legacy Series with ‘Gujarati Jamanwar’ where her mother Heena Munshaw will cook up some seasonal dishes using heirloom recipes from the Munshaw family. The meal will be served on the finest family silverware passed down through generations and garnished with stories and tales of traditional food. The menu consists of refreshing dishes like the keri nu shaak (a mango curry), khatta dhokla (tangy dhokla), and lots more.
Where: APB Cook Studio, 301, Srishti Plaza, Off Saki Vihar Road, Near Chandivli Junction, Andheri-East
When: May 15, 11:30am-1:30pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm
Price: Rs. 2,000/- inclusive of taxes
If you need to up your bar games at the next party, mixologist Nicholas Ord from the UK has some great tips for you. Ord will showcase five varieties of cocktails at the club, Shiro, this weekend followed by a tasting. On his Summer Freeze Festive Menu are vodka-based cocktails such as Elderflower Caipivodka and Asian Vixen, a gin-based cocktail. Appetisers are on the house, so get your party mood on.
Where: Shiro, Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli
When: May 14, 3 pm to 5 pm
Price: Rs 1200 (inclusive of taxes)
Phone: 022-6651 1207