27 February 2017

My February Food Favourites

It's that time of the month again. It's time for my February food favourites, where I list down the restaurants I ate at, and the dishes I tried that were memorable enough to make the cut this month. Now February may have only 28 days, but that did not deter me from eating my way across the city to bring you my February food favourites.

1. If you want to bring the boys to the yard - Keventers, Carter Road
The notifications on my phone went berserk after I Instagramed my Keventers milkshake bottle on their launch night at Carter Road. I was returning back from my evening walk and decided to undo the past hour's hard work with a thick shake from here. With barely any buzz or fanfare, Delhi's favourite family milkshake store launched their first Mumbai outlet. The menu spans fruit-based shakes, indulgent thick shakes and a few warm beverages. The shakes are all served in their trademark milk bottles, which you can take home, which excited me as much as the milkshake did. The Mumbai-inspired Keventers bottles have the Gateway of India, Bandra Worli Sea Sink, the Taj Mahal hotel and other landmark structures embossed on the exterior. 
The shakes are delicious, refreshing and homely. I tried the Strawberry Fields - a beautiful strawberry and chocolate fusion.  Not saccharine sweetness or extra thickness; very unlike the sort of shakes one finds at joints nowadays. Was the shake good? Yes! Was it worth all the excitement that people around me seemed to be exuding? Not sure. But then again I am not a Delhi kid, and I truly understand the value of childhood nostalgia. Keventers is a classic, and for all the right reasons.
Keventers, Shop 9, Building B, Gagangiri Premises Co-Operative Society Ltd., Carter Road, Bandra West

9 February 2017

To Malaysia and Back at Glasshouse, Hyatt Regency

As we settled down for dinner at Glasshouse, I couldn't help but admire the glass paneled walls on either sides of the large room -  from where the all day restaurant at the Hyatt Regency gets its name. I was here to sample some Malaysian fare as a part of their ongoing Malaysian food festival, and also to get an understanding of their cuisine better from Chef Taripin who is down in the city to showcase some of his culinary magic. I'll repeat myself here - food has the ability to make you travel to far off destinations without leaving your seat. And I was really looking forward to the culinary journey to Malaysia, I was about to embark upon that night.

Over a generous serving of fish crackers and prawn crackers, that Chef had flown in specially, we got around to talking. 'Malaysian cuisine has strong Indian and Chinese influences along with traditional Malay influences, of course. Owing to the multicultural population of Malaysia, food is constantly getting adapted and hybridized', Chef explained. These influences were highly evident throughout the meal with the dishes carrying flavour profiles that we Indians are used to.  

The Roti Canai is a typical Malay flat bread that had contrasting flaky and soft textures akin to a Malabari Parotha. We paired this with a Dalcha - their version of the Indian dal with South East Asian elements. The Murtabak we bit into was freakishly similar to the Mughlai Parathas of Kolkota, or the more local Baida Roti sans the egg. Makes you wonder who inspired whom in this case

Roti Canal with Dalcha