TimesCity, a popular destination that has so far helped us explore restaurants, nightlife, events and movies, is all set to hold it’s first ever Gourmet Week from July 15-21, 2013. The event taking place in three cities in the country – Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, gives foodies a chance to dig in without burning a hole in their pocket.
With an expansive choice of cuisines ranging from Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Indian, gourmands can explore platters from around the world at select Times Food Award winning restaurants.
To give you a taste of these, the curators have worked closely with chefs of these restaurants and have crafted up a menu that highlights 3 best dishes from each menu, starting at Rs 750 per person.
We tried the menu at Cafe Zoe and came home pleasantly satisfied for Rs 1200 per head. Here is a look at what our first course looked like.
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Sonal Ved is a camera-shy writer, food critic, vegetarian baker and a blogger at When Harry Met Celery. After a stint at a popular Mumbai-based tabloid, she is now consulting for bakeries. Buying exotic cheeses in the name of research, taming her kitchen garden, collecting cookie cutters and lunching during ‘work’ hours are her hobbies.
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This one time, my friend Nidhi and I walked for 45 minutes in search of a bar where we could hang, talk and bitch out the boys. We had to resort to a popular bar in a 5 star hotel by the beach. Almost a year later, I heard of Vinoteca by Sula opening at Worli. I was jumping with joy. Not only are the Sula Vineyards quickly becoming my favourite weekend getaway but also we single girls in the city now have a bar to go to.
I’m not really into alcohol. When I make drinking plans, it is understood that I will be sipping on wine (white or rosé) and those accompanying me will be washing down whiskey, rum or vodka as they please. And that’s another reason Vinoteca is the perfect option for me. A selection of wines I’m way too familiar with and a variety of Spanish food. Couldn’t get better.
We sampled practically all the vegetarian food on the menu. Of course, we began our meal with the famous patatas bravas. You might remember me telling you about my friend’s love for potato wedges. A tapa of patatas bravas brought a huge smile to her face. The portion size was quite good too. We were munching on it right till the end.
I was first introduced to this Mediterranean pub by a friend on a Sunday evening. A bunch of us girls tried a couple of cocktails and some starters and went back home with some good memories. I was fascinated with the details, the wishing bottles, the coasters, the beer chugging contests, the menu and the “little door”.
An exchange of facebook messages later, I found myself at The Little Door again. Only this time I was in my Alice avatar, ready to pose and pout and review the mocktails, starters and mains.
On speaking with the really tall manager, I discovered that the owners of the place had turned vegetarian for a year or two. In that time, they realised that most bars in the city didn’t have sufficient vegetarian options. Bearing that knowledge, when devising the menu for The Little Door, they focused on the vegetarian section with as much vigour as the non-vegetarian. Which worked out perfectly well for me. The fun menu is divided into three: “from the farmers”, “from the fishermen” and “from the hunters”.
Now for some fun reading. As you already know, this Hard Rock Cafe tasting was going to involve the company of a person who shot my HRC glassware collection. As a matter of happy co-incidence, it was Salonee Gadgil of bellyfirst.
Given the number of ‘new’ items on the menu and the large portions of the dishes, it was a tough decision to make. For starters, the chef recommended saag paneer and we went with it. Now, as a vegetarian, I love paneer! Saag, not so much. So I was pleasantly surprised at the preparation and presentation of this dish. Served on a fajita plate, the paneer cooked in a Tunisian sauce is accompanied by a generous quantity of spinach. The idea is to let the spinach keep cooking as it rests on the table. This rich paneer is to be coated in a yoghurt dip, stuffed in pita like bread and had as a pocket. Quite the bite!
Needless to say, you have to try it on your next visit.