There is something really interesting happening at Rajouri Garden. It’s got a diner inspired by the route of India’s longest highway, the NH44. Meanwhile, the highlights of the foodie’s weekend in Mumbai will surely include a Bihu pop-up and an Amritsari food fest, and Bangaloreans should pay a visit to a South Indian street food fest.
New Menu at One Night in Bangkok
Fans of Thai cuisine should spend part of their weekend checking out One Night In Bangkok’s new menu that includes favourites such as tom kha soup (spicy and sour hot soup with coconut milk and Thai herbs, Rs 265) and Isaan Pork Sausage (Home-made fermented pork sausage) besides more contemporary dishes such as Chicken Pearl Balls (bite sized balls of ground chicken mixed with Thai herbs, coated with cooked rice – steamed or fried, Rs 325) and Wrapped Prawns with Wasabi Mayo (Rs 375). For vegetarians, there’s a spread that includes fried Lotus Stem (Rs 325), Stir-fried bamboo (Rs 285) or Pad Thai wrapped in Egg (Rice noodle pad thai wrapped in egg, Rs 295). The mains are divided into meal bowls and curries. The meal bowls, both veg and non-vegetarian, include hearty options like Bangkok Bowl (fragrant rice tossed in basil and red curry paste, Rs 345+), Thai Roast Chicken (grilled boneless marinated chicken and basil rice, Rs 365), Pork Belly Rice (fried rice tossed with slow-cooked pork belly and shitake mushrooms, Rs 395)and more. The curries include traditional favourites like Thai Red Curry, Thai Green Curry Massaman Curry and are all served with sticky rice (Rs 345+).
Where: One Night In Bangkok, 12th main, HAL 2nd stage, Indiranagar
When: On now, 12 noon to 6pm
Price: Rs 1200 for two (exclusive of taxes)
Phone: +91 9739902745
Malabar Mania at Bon South
Bon South celebrates the diversity of Malabar cuisine at the Malabar Mania food festival. The buffet lunch and dinner on offer include items like Kidilan Podi squid (squid rings, fried crisp and tossed in spicy podi masala), Malabar masamam wada (soft mutton keema kababs), dates puri (soft dates, fried crisp in pazham puri batter), Malabar vegetable biryani, Malabar koyi kodam biryani, (Chicken biryani cooked in dum in mud pots) and Calicut mango falooda among other dishes.
Where: Bonsouth, #131,1st Cross, Koramangla 5th Block, Jyoti Nivas College Road
When: April 18 to 30, 12 noon to 3.30pm and 7pm to 11pm
Price: Monday to Thursday, Lunch- Veg Rs 610, Non Veg Rs 660, Dinner- Veg Rs 720, Non Veg Rs 799
Friday, Lunch- Veg Rs 650, Dinner- Rs 700
Sat and Sunday, Lunch- Veg Rs 675, Non Veg Rs 750, Dinner- Veg Rs 750 and Non Veg Rs 850 (all prices are inclusive of taxes)
Phone: 080-2552 6363
Balti fest at ITC Windsor’s Raj Pavilion
East meets West at the ITC Windsor’s Raj Pavilion all through this month. This fine-dining restaurant, popular for its Indian and international cuisine celebrates the Balti cuisine and English curries through April. Balti curries are cooked quickly using vegetable oil rather than ghee, over high heat in the manner of a stir-fry, and any meat is used off the bone. This combination differs sharply from the traditional curry, which is simmered and cooked slowly. Some of the popular items that are part of the dinner buffet include chicken and spinach balti, classic, British roast turkey curry, Empire roast lamb, spiced lamb lollipops with korma sauce, tray-baked Kerala fish curry, vegetable saagwala, spiced vegetable balti and more.
Where: Raj Pavilion, ITC Windsor, 25 Golf Course Road
When: All through April during dinner
Price: Rs 1950 (per person, exclusive of taxes)
Phone: 080 41401224/ 1205.
Streets of South India festival at SouthIndies
When you think of street food, it is often hard to think beyond the cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, with their wide spread of chaats, pani puri, chicken rolls and vada pao. SouthIndies hosts The Streets of South India food festival, where a variety of street food including bajji, pakora, pazhampuri (banana fritters), hot iddiyappams, kothuparathas (scrambled malabar parathas mixed with a spiced karma gravy and vegetables) and many other street food favourites from South India will be on the menu.
Where: South Indies , # 276, 100 ft road, 6th main Junction, Above Giria’s, Indirangar
When: Until April 30, 12 Noon to 3.30pm and 7pm to 11pm
Price: Mon to Friday, Lunch- Rs 443 (All Inclusive) and Dinner- Rs 477 (All Inclusive)
Sat and Sunday, Lunch and Dinner – Rs 499 (All Inclusive)
Phone: 080 4163 6363
National Highway 44 in Rajouri Garden
The National Highway 44 runs from Srinagar to Kanyakumari, and India’s longest highway has served as inspiration for a new eatery in Rajouri Garden by the same name. According to its co-owner Udit Bagga, the idea was to offer dishes from states that the highway ran through. Expectedly, the decor is highway-themed, and there are blue doors, mud walls, natural bamboo lights, and tables made of old tree trunks. The food quite literally spans the length of the country: goshtabas and Jammu Rajmas from Kashmir; Butter Chicken and Amritsari Macchi from Punjab; Dum Biryani from Lucknow; and Laal Maas from Rajasthan to Dhoklas, Papeta Per Eda, and popular and iconic dishes from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The bar menu is studded with cocktails and beverages that are native to the states the road runs through.
Where: Level 1, 13, Vishal Enclave, Rajouri Garden
When: 12pm to 1am
Price: Off the A la carte menu
Banta & Gola Festival at The Ancient Barbeque
If you are in Gurgaon and are looking for ways to beat the heat, we’d suggest you head to Banta & Gola Festival at The Ancient Barbeque. Apart from Banta’s street-food inspired staples such as vada pao, aaloo bonda and Ram laddoo, on offer are icy gola shots (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). The menu incudes Shikanji Banta, Santra Banta, Spicy Banta, Aam Aadmi Gola, Kiwi Gola, Irish Gola, 3G and Tarr-Booze Gola
Where: The Ancient Barbeque, 223 & 223A, 2nd Floor, Good Earth City, Sector 47-50, Gurgaon
Price: Off the A la carte menu
When: 12 noon to 3.30pm & 7pm to 11pm
Phone: 0120 411 2273
Amritsari Food Festival at Jyran, Sofitel Mumbai BKC
Home maker and MasterChef India runner up, Jyoti Arora from Amritsar, will be back in Mumbai to bring some of the finest Punjabi food to the table at the Amritsari food festival at Sofitel Mumbai. Arora’s specially curated menu includes Patiala jhinga (shrimp), sarson da saag, and desserts such as mango rabri. And yes, there’s a Patiala bar that’s fully stocked.
Where: Jyran, Sofitel Mumbai BKC, C-57, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East
When: Until May 6, 12 Noon to 3pm & 7pm to 11:45pm
Price: Off the À la Carte menu
Phone: 022 30151568
IPL specials at Asia Bar
There are bigger and better deals at Asia Bar this IPL season. Whether you’re a beer head or love single malts, there’s a happy hour for everybody when IPL is on. Asian cocktails of Long Island Green Tea, Chinese Mary, Thai mojito and premium spirits, wines and beers will all be available at discounted rates.
Where :Asia Bar, Ground Floor, Phoenix Market city
When: 3pm to midnight
Phone: 022 60508082
All of 26 restaurants including the recently-launched NRI, China House at the Grand Hyatt in Santa Cruz East, The Sassy Spoon in Nariman Point, By The Mekong at the St.Regis in Lower Parel and others are participating at the restaurant week. The restaurants will offer a set menu, which will showcase some of their best dishes.
Where: Check link for entire list of restaurants
When: Until May 1
Price: Rs 1000 per head for lunch, Rs 1,300 per head for dinner (exclusive of taxes)
Tokyo Takeover at Le 15 Café
What happens when chefs travel together? They are sometimes inspired to craft a menu to recall what a great trip they had, of course, and this is exactly what chef Pooja Dhingra and Pablo Agular have done with their dinner-only weekend pop-up. Tokyo Takeover, the pop-up that is a result of Dhingra and Agular’s trip to Japan, will include dishes such as veggie Yuzu cream, sakura chicken, tuna tataki, sesame and umeboshi pork and cherry blossom and white chocolate mousse that is an ode to the Japanese spring.
Where: Le 15 Café, Shop 18, Lansdowne House Building, MB Marg, Near Regal Cinema, Apollo Bunder, Colaba
When: Until April 24, 7pm to 11pm
Price: Rs 1,150 (exclusive of taxes)
Rongali Bihu Pop-Up at Soam
There’s more to Rongali Bihu, the Assamese festival that marks the start of a new year and culinary expert Gitika Saikia, who has crafted a special menu with food blogger Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal, will tell you all about it this weekend. The all-vegetarian menu includes black tea with til pitha, a traditional Assamese bread, Rongalau fry, alu til pitika, Akhoi gur cream made with jaggery, nohoru bhut jolokia asaar: a pickle made with the fiery bhut jolokia chillies, narikol salad made of coconut and more. There are only 16 seats available at every lunch/dinner service and guests will need to reserve seats in advance.
Where: Soam Restaurant, Ground Floor, Sadguru Sadan, Opposite Babulnath Temple, Chowpatty
When: April 23, 12pm to 1.30pm and 2pm to 3.30pm (2 seatings)
Price: Rs 850 (inclusive of taxes)