If there’s one brunch you should go for this weekend in Mumbai, make sure you head to Hakkasan for their sweet new Hakka brunch. In Bengaluru, sample delicacies at a fest that celebrates Sri Lankan Cuisine and there’s good news for beer fans in Gurugram.
The best new Sunday brunch in town
For around five years, Hakkasan has quietly and sophisticatedly gone about doing what it’s renowned for: serve food that is worth braving Bandra’s rotting traffic for. Over the years it’s garnered a niche following, and even won over Mumbai’s vegetarians. Now, for the first time ever, Hakkasan is launching a Sunday brunch (yay, no traffic!). The Hakka Brunch features a bunch of dishes, including from their regular menu, as well as fantastic new desserts and cocktails. The idea behind the Hakka Brunch is to make a Sunday brunch feel like an evening out. And so, the lighting is not too bright, the staff move around unobtrusively and the food is as good as it ever was.
The four-course brunch menu stars the Soba Noodles and tofu lettuce wrap; carrot cakes; black fungus dumplings; mixed vegetables in Asam sauce — featuring crunchy water chestnuts — and hand-pulled noodles. There is some fine alcohol such as Chandon Brut and Rose, and Johnnie Walker Black Label as well as a range of cocktails, including our favourite (we just love prosecco) — the Grape melon Bellini. Chances are that you’ll step in for brunch and leave around dinner time, and while it’s tough to us to pick one stellar dish from the Hakka brunch constellation, we highly recommend the Passion fruit Chocolate Bar with White Chocolate Parfait. It’s mildly sweet, chocolatey and cutely tangy, and there’s no dessert quite like in the city.
Where: 2nd Floor, Krystal Building, Waterfield Road, Bandra West, Mumbai
When: Every Sunday
Timings: 12 pm to 6 pm
Price: Rs 2,500 (including alcohol)/Rs 1500
Contact: 022-2644 4444
Tribute to Awadh and Kashmir at Sahib Room & Kipling Bar
The Sahib Room & Kipling Bar at St Regis is celebrating its second anniversary with a tribute to Awadhi, Kashmiri and Frontier cuisine. Some of the signature dishes include Kele ke Phool ke kofte (hand-rolled banana flower patties in a delectable house gravy topped with dry mint dust), Habibia Chapp (lamb chops marinated with black cumin and wild cucumber, griddle cooked), and Radhuni Jhinga (coal-roasted tiger prawns marinated in celery seeds). Most dishes will feature the use of homemade spice mixes such as Naag Kesar, Pathar ke Phool and Paan ki Jad among others.
Where: 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai
When: 12:30 pm to 2:45 pm/7:30 pm to 11:45 pm
Contact: 022-6162 8422
Dragon Boat fest at Yauatcha
You’ve always loved Yauatcha, and now there’s one more reason to head there. The dim sum teahouse is celebrating the Dragon Boat festival. Dating back over a millennia, the festive meals include zongzi, pyramid shaped sticky rice dumplings, and rice wine. The fillings include edamame and vegetarian duck, pork belly and shiitake mushroom, lamb and pine nuts and chicken, among others. Dessert includes a wine-soaked water chestnut with mango cake that is served alongside a Sauvignon sorbet.
Where: First Floor, Raheja Tower, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai
When: Until June 30
Contact: 092222 22800
Tacos and dips with Anjali Pathak
If Mexican is your thing, sign up for Chef Anjali Pathak’s tacos and dips class tomorrow. Participants will learn how to make taco fillings and salsa and guacamole. The class will be conducted at Anjali’s recently opened cooking studio, Flavour Diaries, in Khar.
Where: 3rd floor, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, Off SV Road, Khar (W)
When: June 11
Timings: 7:30 pm to 9:30pm
Price: Rs 2700
Contact: 98201 43404
New beginnings at Le Jardin
There’s a new chef at Le Jardin, the 24-hour restaurant at The Oberoi and he’s ready to introduce himself with a brand new tasting menu. Say hello to Chef Sumit Batra at the Sum-mit of Good Food promotional event at the restaurant. “My intent for this menu is simplicity,” explains Batra. “I have used simple pairings and fresh ingredients. The surprise element shall be seen and felt in the innovation in technique and texture, both.” The five-course tasting menu comes with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options and features dishes like Oysters with mignonette snow and carrot tartare with sunflower seeds and multigrain crisp, (amuse bouche), appetisers like sweet pea chiffonade with pancetta, onions and parmesan, tomato with greens, burr rata and rye. Cleanse your palate with a champagne sorbet before you dive right into mains like Chilean sea bass with nori mushroom puree, green peas and basil nage, lamb with squash, quinoa and carrot miso puree, cauliflower variations with raisin vinaigrette. End your meal with Textures of espresso affogato.
Where: Le Jardin, The Oberoi, MG Road
When: June 10- 24, Dinner only
Price: Rs 1975 (plus taxes)
Contact: 080-25585858 for reservations
After 8 in Japan at ITC Gardenia
EDO, the Japanese restaurant at ITC Gardenia is celebrating the Japan’s vibrant after-hours culture – literary, artistic and musical gatherings over food and drink – through its “Nippon Art on a Platter” promotion. Chef Kamlesh Joshi presents his progressive and modern spin on traditional Japanese dishes while staying true to the integrity of the cuisine. The set-menu features dishes like Sochu bomb, Yuzu and Mint Spheres spiked with fresh Wasabi, Chuka Wakame and Tororo Kumbu (sea weeds and lotus crisps), Sea Urchin and Monkfish Edo style and Chilean Sea Bass and Koshikari rice with percolated essence of Katsuobushi and Kombu. And it’s the dessert thats taking the world by storm that concludes the meal: The Rain drop, jaggery and yuzu ganache with chocolate soil.
Where: EDO, ITC Gardenia, Residency Road
When: June 10 -19, Dinner only
Price: Rs 3500/person (plus taxes)
Contact: 080- 4345500 for reservations
Sri Lankan delights at Bon South
Sample the versatility of Sri Lankan food at the Raavan’s Kitchen food festival at Bon South,. There are a whole lot of traditional as well as modern Sri Lankan dishes on offer like Sri Lankan patty samosa, Jaffna mutton wadais, Shrimp Miri Kokis (Shrimp pol Sambol served on crisp rice and dried prawn cups), Ceylon Curry powder chicken roast, Sri Lankan style vegetable cutlets, Spinach Dal (a Sri Lankan style moong dal curry tossed with spinach), Jaffna Lemon Grass saffron rice, Kotthu Parota, Ambul Thiyal, Elumas curry (Sri Lankan mutton curry), Sri Lankan Lamprais (Sri Lankan style leaf-packed rice with chicken masala, banana fritters, onion salad and vegetable croquettes) and the traditional Sri Lankan dessert Wattalappam.
Where: Bon South, #131,1st Cross, Koramangla 5th Block, Jyoti Nivas College Road, Bengaluru
When: June 10-26
Timing: 12 noon to 3.30 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm
Price: Rs. 610/person onwards
Contact: 080 – 2552 6363 for reservations
The big, big beer fest
Considering how hot it is, what Delhites and Gurugramites need at the moment is a huge beer fest. And, that’s exactly what they will be getting this weekend — and right through the week. Participating breweries include 7 Degrees Brauhaus, Brewer Street and Vapour Pub and Brewery. Plus, there will be beer tasting, talks and the like. If we were you, we’d buy a season ticket for the fest that will get you sweet deals across breweries in Gurugram.
Where: At breweries in Gurgaon
When: June 11 to June 20
Price: Rs 399 onwards