Friday, August 18, 2017

Get Cracking at The King Crab Fest at Mekong

Mekong is a popular Pan Asian restaurant in Hotel Marigold, Hyderabad, known for its fantastic ambience, décor and food. Popular with the Who’s Who of Hyderabad, Mekong is named after the Mekong river which is a trans-boundary river, the world's 12th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. From the Tibetan Plateau the river runs through China's Yunnan Province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam and the restaurant serves food primarily from these countries, giving a wonderful glimpse into the fascinating food-scape of the region.

I visited Mekong restaurant for a preview of The King Crab Fest being organized from 19th Aug-19th Sept 2017. Even otherwise, Mekong has a fairly impressive array of seafood dishes, making it one of the most popular seafood joints amidst connoisseurs of Hyderabad and beyond, from film director S. S. Rajamouli of Bahubali fame to leading actors of Telugu cinema to Food show hosts Rocky and Mayur, the restaurant has received rave reviews.

As you enter Mekong, a feeling of calm and serenity overcomes you, thanks to the cool blue interiors with a stunning wave patterned roof. An understated and fluid feel, clean lines, wooden cage shaped hanging lamps and attractive blue and green table placements prepare you for a soothing journey into the heart of Asia. It is a modern, contemporary Pan Asian restaurant in every way, right from the décor to focus on healthy cooking techniques and fresh ingredients.

The Crab Fest tent card is hoisted on the table along with neat aprons and all the implements one would require to crack open the crabs. Throwing caution to the wind and our table manners out of the window, we don the aprons and start sharpening our claws. For if you want to enjoy crabs, you have to get down and messy. The regular menu has some enticing items too, so we do take a sneak peak and try some items. The popular dishes in the special crab menu may be continued after the festival. 

Crab in Singaporean Chilly Garlic Sauce

So we start with a Salmon Sashimi which is absolutely fresh and great on the palate. Sushi and Sashimi are being served extensively these days but very few places have absolutely fresh ingredients. This was one helluva fresh fish. Next we have a delightful shrimp and water chestnut crystal dimsum which is light and easy on the palate. Of course these are just a prelude to the sensational main course of crabs. Soon there is an attractive platter of a huge King Crab in Singaporean Style Chilli Garlic Sauce staring at us. After a few moments of admiring its abject beauty, we get cracking. My companion who happened to have stayed in Singapore for thirteen years mentions that it is the real taste one would find in Singapore. The crab was huge and absolutely fresh with its characteristic orange shell and soft white meat inside.
Fresh King Crab with Garlic Butter

We also tried the irresistible Butter Garlic Crab which makes it even easier to eat as in this dish the crab meat is already extracted and lightly cooked to perfection with two magical ingredients-butter and garlic. This was simply melt in the mouth.

From the main menu, another enticing dish was the shrimp with egg white and broccoli, a bit bland and simple, which would be a great dish for weight watchers. We avoided carbs in the form of rice, keeping the accent totally on the enticing protein that tugged at us with its tantalizing tentacles, namely crabs!
Wasabi Ice-cream

In desserts we tried the Jaggery and Coconut Icecream and Tub Tim Grob which kind of passed muster. However the star of the desserts was the light green Wasabi Icecream that has the requisite kick and yet not too overpowering. Guzzling down sips of fragrant jasmine tea, we savoured a few moments in the lap of Mekong in appreciative silence and harmony.

Grape Expectations For British Airways’ New Port

British Airways has added Graham’s Six Grapes, the Port favoured by Sir Winston Churchill, to its business class (Club World) drinks menu starting this month.

Back then it was known as Graham’s Vintage Character Port and was served to his guests at Chartwell House, his country home. The historic Port has a rich bouquet of ripe plums and cherries and will pair particularly well with the desserts and cheeses on board this month (August), in particular the roasted white chocolate and hazelnut tart and the cheddar and camembert with spiced mulled apple jelly.

Colin Talbot, British Airways’ head of catering, said: “Port is incredibly popular in Club World - last year alone nearly 41,000 bottles were served to our business class customers- so we are delighted to be adding Graham’s Six Grapes to the menu. At altitude it holds its flavour well thanks to its good structure and with the long lingering finish, it will wonderfully complement the dessert and cheese selection on flights.”

Additionally, this Autumn British Airways will be launching a new restaurant-style premium dining service in Club World, with display trolleys allowing customers to select dishes from a choice of freshly prepared starters and desserts served on beautiful new table settings. The airline also announced a sleep partnership with The White Company, the British retailer will supply bedding and amenity kits in Club World to ensure customers get a good night’s sleep in the sky.

The new style dining and bedding, is part of British Airways’ multi-million pound investment plan to benefit its customers with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all.

Four hundred million pounds will be spent on Club World with an emphasis on improved catering and sleep, and a new seat in the future. At Heathrow a First Wing check-in area with direct security and lounge access has launched, and lounges around the airline’s network are to be revamped and improved. The Club Europe cabin has also been introduced on UK domestic services and all customers can look forward to the latest generation Wi-Fi across British Airways’ long-haul and short-haul fleets over the next two years. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel, Gachibowli launches its new-menu at Link cafe

Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel, Gachibowli recently announced its all new menu at its popular café. Link Café now presents and serves a lavish gourmet delicatessen fare along with freshly brewed specialty coffees and a contemporary café menu. It also offers consumers a range of high end takeaway merchandise.

Located in the lobby of Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel, Link Café is an interactive deli that is perfect for unwinding & socializing with your friends, over great food and assorted beverages. It’s an all-day 24X7 neighborhood Café offering cuisines from all over the world.
Maple and Vanila latte

With the refreshed menu at Link Café, guests can expect a variety of lip-smacking appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers and rolls. Delicious café food along with the alluring aroma of fresh coffee, and tea infusions are sure to make it a completely irresistible experience for everyone.
Vegetarian Kebab Platter

Italian, French or Indian Link Café, has compiled a collection of special delicacies that are sure to delight its customers. The gracious round-the-clock Link Café offers a perfect café dining with multi cuisine a-la-carte food menus from appetizers such as cocktail dal vada, andhra chillli chicken to a spread of salads like Nicoise, Musclun Green Salad Link Café has a lot to offer.  

Link Café also offers a range of delicious sandwiches, burgers and rolls like mumbai masala toastie, chicken parmesan burger, and a special Link signature sandwich that’s sure to suit your taste-buds.

A must try is the all new specialty alcoholic coffees, a new addition at Link Café. From heart stopper that’s made of rum, coffee, vanilla and cream to Espresso Martini, Link Café offers a range of specialty coffee’s that’s will surprise you.
While enjoying the delights of the new menu, guests can relax to the soothing tunes of a live band.  Elegant and relaxed, Link Café is the perfect place to unwind with your family and friends over casual conversations.

Venue: Link Café, Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel, Gachibowli
Time: open 24hrs

For reservations: +91 40 49251172.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A rendezvous with the Iron Chef at the Taj Mahal, New Delhi

Standing tall in the heart of the capital city, the Taj Mahal Hotel, has been a proud purveyor of global cuisine for over three decades. The iconic Hotel is home to some of the most celebrated dining destinations in New Delhi, including Wasabi by Morimoto, the award winning contemporary Japanese restaurant, created in collaboration with the globally renowned Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto.  

Recognized world over for his trademark style of cooking, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto combines fresh ingredients, unique recipes and classic techniques to create unmatched dining experiences. Chef Morimoto has taken Japan's traditional tastes, combined it with his refined culinary style and delighted global audiences. His passion for his art translates into the menu at the Hotel’s prized restaurant.  

Credited with introducing India to the flavours and intricacy of contemporary Japanese cuisine, like never before, Wasabi by Morimoto steps into its 10th year of culinary excellence in 2017. To commemorate the occasion, Chef Morimoto will present his exemplary knowledge and passion for food for an exclusive audience. This gastronomical journey inspired by the taste from the Island Nation, with the Master himself, will be an experience to remember!

Spread across two days, the specially curated experiences will unravel the exquisite secrets of Japanese culinary arts. Chef Morimoto will present his stellar craft in exclusive sessions of rolling sushi taking the guests through the history of the resplendent cuisine.

The visually stunning Wasabi by Morimoto, will present a host of signature gastronomic extravaganzas, helmed by Chef Morimoto where a specially curated 10th anniversary menu will be unveiled. 

  • Date: 11th & 12th August 2017 (Friday and Saturday)
  • Price: 
  • Sushi rolling classes; followed by lunch INR 7,000 per person

    • Chef’s Signature Omakase Menu: 

  • Lunch: INR 5500 per person
  • INR 8000 (food only) per person
  • INR 10,000 (food & sake) per person
(*All prices inclusive of taxes)

  • Time: 
  • Sushi rolling master class: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Lunch – 12:30 onwards
  • Dinner: 8:30 pm
  • Venue: Wasabi by Morimoto, The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, Number One, Mansingh Road

Join Chef Morimoto and the Taj Mahal Hotel for an unforgettable dining experience this August. For reservations / further information, please call 011-6651 3585