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Monday, 11 March 2019

Oki Poki - By Mamagato

Maki Som Tam
It’s been a rough day and all you want to do is curl up in bed, switch on the AC, turn on Netflix and escape into a familiar world of fantasy, with chopsticks in hand as you dig into your favorite Dimsums, baos and Maki rolls. Oki-Poki to the rescue! Oki-Poki is Mamagato’s delivery-only offering and is a hassle free way to enjoy some authentic Asian favorites in the comfort of your home. Here is a quick review of some of the items that Mamagato was kind-enough to send me to experience their delivery-only menu.

peanuts thai salad
Som Tam Salad with Peanuts: Would you ever try a vegetarian, pan-Asian salad? If you do want to, this is what you should get and you will be presently surprised. A chiffonade of raw-papaya topped with cherry tomato, sweet, sour, salty and sweet, this was so good. It was served with toasted peanuts that you might want to top the salad with.

Prawn and Chive Dimsums: A Classic combination of beautifully cooked large chunks of juicy prawns and a mild-chive flavor. They were served with a couple of sauces, a Chinese vinegar sauce and a red-chili sauce. The Dimsums were excellently made, were large without being clumsy and tasted brilliant!
Portion: 6 Pieces

dimsum dumpling Pulled Pork Bao: A bao is easy to get wrong and might end up getting thick and chewy. None of those problems here. Perfectly-made baos with nicely-cooked pork shreds, and topped with a tangy, spicy flavorful Burmese curry.The sweetness of coconut milk, the beautiful fragnance of lemongrass and the punch of chili in the end, this curry/sauce took the dish to another level. If ever a bao had a companion, this would be it!
Portion: 2 Pieces

Burmese Curry
Maki: If you are a sushi-fanatic like me, or if you want to have your first taste of sushi, I suggest you start here. The sushi arrived in perfect condition (no-small feat, since these are so delicate and need special skill that they don’t disintegrate over a period, till they are delivered to you). This was served with chopsticks, traditional-japanese soya sauce and wasabi paste

SushiSmoked Salmon Maki: Beautifully smoked Salmon pieces with the umami of tobanjan(chili-bean sauce) and topped with toasted sesame seeds, this was an unusual combination that came together beautifully.
Portion: 8 Pieces

Monster Roll: This was more of a fusion roll, with salmon, prawn and tuna, topped with Japanese mayo and caviar-like pearls. A well-executed maki roll.
Portion: 8 Pieces

Verdict: An excellently curated menu, authentic preparations, beautiful craftsmanship and packaged expertly, this is a delivery-menu that will remain right at the top of my list for my pan-Asian needs. Be it for a romantic candlelight dinner at home or a hassle-free meal for your personal pleasure or just to hangout with your friends while lounging around at home, try it now and Thank me later! Highly recommended!
Oki Poki By Mamagoto Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

P.S.: I wish they had some dessert options, and this menu would be perfection!

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Savvy Home Parties with Social's #KiloDeal Menu


When it comes to getting food for parties, we are always left to compromise on either the quality of food or the taste. Social is one of those legendary places that needs no introduction and they want to bridge the gap  when it comes to quality food in bulk, home delivered without compromising on the taste or quality of food.This is a review of their newly launched 'KiloDeal Menu' which promises to do just that.

Whats the 'Kilo Deal' Menu?
This is a menu of some of our favourite Social dishes, and a few new ones which can be ordered 'By The Kilo'. The portion sizes include Aadha(1/2 Kilo), Pauna(3/4 Kilo) and Pura(1 Kilo). They can be ordered online or even picked up from your nearest Social.

What's the Big Deal?
The menu features a wide-range of our favorite Social Dishes like Jalapeno-Cheese Nads, Ghee-Roast Chicken, Luru Prawns, Death Wings, Butter-Chicken Biryani and so on, and super reasonable prices and excellent packaging, The food goes equally well if you want to have a fun-filled dinner party with only the main course, or just appetizers to go along with your drinks,

My Picks from the Menu:
Keema Pao: This versatile dish goes so well in a varity of situations and I love having a lovely-buttered pao with steaming hot keema.

Butter-Chicken Biryani: For people who don't want to get their hands dirty, this boneless version of butter chicken in a biryani format is absolutely mouthwatering. Definitely my favourite in the mains.

Chicken Kebab Magic: These are just so brilliant and a kilo of these babies were gone in a jiffy, and they went beautifully with our beers and cocktails. A must-order appetizer for non-vegetarians.

Jalapeno Cheese Nads: A hot favorite at the dine-in at Socials, this is one dish that I order for sure when my vegetarian friends are around(and sometimes, even when they are not). Cheesy, crunchy and a hit of spice, another excellent dish.

Koramangala Social Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoHot Tennessee Chicken Wings:Not a big fan of Chicken wings, but this dish blew that notion right out of the park. Tender, juicy wings in a delicious smoky sauce, this was another dish that I quite enjoyed.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Haute: Wine and Tapas Review

While there are a lot of good places in Bangalore that serve Wine, there are few which tailor the food so that it pairs well with wine, without compromising on the taste. Haute is one of those places which seeks to please the casual wine-drinker as well as wine-connoisseurs with an excellent selection of New World and Old-World Wines and some domestic favorites as well. Does the food stand-up to the gorgeous wines they have curated? Let’s find out.

We learnt from Chef Adithya Kidambi,(the Executive Chef here) that the concept they are going for, in terms of food is two-fold. For the lunch menu, the food will be a combination of short eats and one-bowl meals, suited to the more casual diner. Dinner however would be an elaborate affair with a multi-course meal, with wine-pairings for each course. For the preview, we had a five-course meal paired with a Fratelli Chardonnay and a Fratelli Gran Cuvee Brut. More on that later.
Course 1: Teriyaki

Mixed Greens, Cherry Tomatoes, chicken slices (marinated overnight in a traditional soy-sauce based marinade), cucumber and the best part, the crunch of a homemade chikki made of sunflower & flax seeds in jaggery. The salad was delicately balanced with sourness from the cherry tomatoes, the crunch and sweetness from the crumbled home-made chikki, some freshness and additional depth-of-flavor from the mixed greens. A brilliant start to the meal. 

Course 2: Beetroot
My initial thought was, this was one dish that the chefs might have gone overboard. Was I wrong! Gazpacho is all the rage on the Indian food scene these days, and while it might be colloquially called, a ‘cold soup’, it is so much more. The one here at Haute was pretty well done. A slow-roasted beetroot gazpacho, served with a dollop cultured cream on the side. The Gazpacho was a brilliant red color, which can only be described as beetroot red and the earthy flavors of beetroot had been mellowed down considerably. The addition of dried orange segments added a much-needed crunchiness to this soup while imparting its own lovely flavor. The cultured cream when mixed with the soup, completely balanced out of the flavors, and to be honest, this is definitely the best Gazpacho I have had so far.

Course 3: Dumplings
We ordered the Prawn bisque and the Paprika Chicken dumplings. Both of them were very well-made with a beautiful, almost-translucent skin. The filling was ample and while the paprika chicken lacked the strong-punch of paprika, this version would appeal to most palates. However, both of these were served with a brilliant, grainy pepper sauce, which I absolutely loved.  

Course 4: Mains
I ordered the Cream of Chicken & Peas hand-cut Linguine while my spouse ordered their popular Bibimbap. Linguine is a pasta which falls somewhere between a spaghetti and fettuccine in terms of width. The linguine here was hand-cut and served with a creamy, buttery sauce and topped with shaved parmesan cheese, and thinly slices of chicken. I have to say, I loved this preparation immensely.

The bibimbap was served in a smoking hot cast iron bowl and was Korean Style Rice with 2 types of kimchi, assorted veggies, a poached egg and was served with a bowl of lamb slices that could be mixed with the bibimbap or had on its own. This is probably the most colorful Bibimbap I have seen in Bangalore, and was pretty good as well!

Course 5: Chocolate 
A beautiful tart with layers of single-origin dark chocolate. True chocolate connoisseurs will appreciate the beauty of the nuttiness of the dark chocolate and when had with the superbly creamy Dulce de Leche that it was served with, it was just heavenly. Not overly sweet nor too bitter, this was another masterpiece. A beautiful finale to a delightful symphony of flavors and textures.

Haute: Wine and Tapas Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoVerdict: Haute is one of those rare places where the execution of a beautiful concept has been done flawlessly. Excellent Wine-Selection, Brilliant food and an Ultra-Chic ambience are the reasons you should visit this place as soon as possible!