Saturday, March 25, 2017

Of Sand, Surf & Coastal Cravings: Asia Alive: DoubleTreeSuite

We were invited for exotic aromas & flavors at @doubletree who has churned out a coastal food festival: " Of Sand, Surf & Coastal Cravings, that's ongoing ... from  March 20th - 31st.

Well, it was a mid week & the anticipation to get to any meeting is always a high, be it a formal or food tasting! It was our maiden visit to "Asia Alive ", is a one of a kind, Multi-cuisine, all Day Dining Restaurant, located within the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Bangalore hotel on Sarjapur- ORR Junction of Bangalore. 

Chef Anurag Mathur, Executive Chef- @DoubleTreeSuite by Hilton, has churned out the very best of the coastal food festival as a way of celebrating the rich coastal cuisine of India.

As a part of a 11 day dinner buffet which runs in three cyclic menus, the food showcases food from Kerala, Goa, West Bengal, Orissa, coast of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh,  freshly prepared at the live and interactive kitchens, which was a break from the weekly drill! 

Considering the fact that it's a business hotel, the crowd was a heterogeneous mix of a predominantly inhouse, expats & food enthusiasts... to appreciate the Pan-Asian cuisine, western & continental dishes on its lunch and dinner buffets.

: Seafood Saaru(Karnataka ) & Elumichai Rasam (Tamil Nadu) Starters had a plethora of salads including: Kothambir Vadim (Maharashtra), Sevia Pakoda Koli Sunday (Mangalore), Masala Fried Fish(Kerala) , Butterfish & the interesting part was that yours truly was the only one {Like Prapti said, there is some one.... } exploring vegetarian 

Mains: had a plethora of options.... that was best accompanied with Appam, the Thalassery chicken sum biryani (kerala){from God's own country: Chef Nishant}, Karaikkudi chicken curry (Tamil Nadu), Mamsam Pulls up (Andhra) , Dean Chingri(West Bengal) Maamidikaya Pachadi Chemmem Chammanthi , Tomato Tokku, Pulincurry

While I did explore two servings of aapam with stew /avial & did make an attempt the plethora of offerings : Maamidikai pappu (Andhra), Gujurati Sarati Dhal (Gujrat), Bendakaya Majjiga Pulusu(Andhra), Grand Mushroom Cafreal(Goa) , Kanchikolar kofta(West Bengal) , Avial(Kerala) Phulkopi Kalia(West Bengal) ,The desserts too consisted of varieties of Indian sweets and coastal specialities . 

I kind of liked the Jhaal Muri (Puffed rice chaat) speciality from Calcutta! Ofcourse, signed off with Kalakand & Payasam {was reminded of Sadhya!}

The festival is on till 31st March (buffet dinner) at ₹1099 +tax which is a steal! In my humble opinion, my better half, was enamored by the seafood spread & me being a vegetarian, did thoroughly, enjoy it as much as well.

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