First Pakistani restaurant to get a Michelin star

Pakistani Michelin Star Restaurant

Less than 18 months after opening, New Punjab Club has become the world’s first Pakistani restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star. Part of Hong Kong-based Black Sheep Restaurants, New Punjab Club’s co-founder, and proud Pakistani, Syed Asim Hussain’s most personal project to date. The group was also awarded a star for its neo-Parisian restaurant BELON making Hussain (at just 33 years old) the youngest restaurateur in the world to hold two Michelin stars.

Speaking about the award, Hussain comments, “For New Punjab Club to be recognised after just 18 months and for a cuisine as niche as a traditional Punjabi is an amazing achievement and honour for the team. But to be recognised for a story so deeply personal to myself, one that elevates not only our cuisine but also our community, we couldn’t be more proud.”

New Punjab Club celebrates post-colonial liberation of the subdivided region of Punjab. Hussain considers restaurants an artform in themselves but is a lover of all the arts, hand picking all of the works within New Punjab Club which houses the largest restaurant collection of contemporary Pakistani art in the region. The eclectic, rotating collection includes works by recently assassinated A.S. Rind, Mughees Riaz’s iconic Ravi riverscapes, and the award-winning Saeed Akhtar. Like everything else about the restaurant the artwork is deeply personal to Hussain and serves to narrate the story the restaurant tells to guests each night.

Palash Mitra, the Executive Chef of South Asian Cuisine for Black Sheep Restaurants, heads the kitchen and is as boisterous as the restaurant itself. Mitra has created a menu of hearty dishes that stay true to the heart of this unique cuisine centred around two smoky tandoor ovens, painstakingly restored from Hussain’s father’s former Wyndham Street restaurant, The Mughal Room.

Black Sheep Restaurants, is just six years into its journey and had no aspirations in its inception in 2012 other than to bring the culinary flavours and nuances of the world in Hong Kong. By ignoring conventional wisdom and refusing to compromise, co-founders Christopher Mark and Syed Asim Hussain have continued to move the needle forward and have been repeatedly recognised as the region’s best restaurateurs. Beginning humbly with one restaurant, they now have a portfolio of 21 restaurants, with no intentions of slowing down.( Excerpt from a release)

 

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Farmer’s Cafe teams up with Namrata Purohit

Mumbai, India

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You are what you eat, and Pilates coach extraordinaire Namrata Purohit is taking one crucial step to bridging the binary choice between taste and health with a new collaboration with Mumbai-based eatery, Farmers’ Café. The fitness maven has put her dietary principles into play by curating an exciting menu that strikes the right balance of healthy indulgence.

Fuel your body after a gruelling sweat sesh at the gym with some nourishing soul food that looks good and tastes even better. Avoacado, Multigrain, Cauliflower,brown ric, whole wheat pasta are some of the key in the menu selection.

On a quest to ‘make unhealthy, healthy’, Farmers’ Café serves up dishes made with organic ingredients and a special focus on healthy, vegan and gluten-free food. Pair that with Namrata’s unique brand of infectious energy, and the resultant duet is making fitness fun again, one plate at a time. ( Excerpt from a release)

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Uno Chicago Bar & Grill now in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Karnataka

The Iconic American Bar & Grill Experience of Uno® Chicago Bar & Grill, knoUno Chicago bar and grill Indiawn for its legendary authentic Culinary Heritage and its strong artisan based Craft Culture in food and beverages, opened its third restaurant in India on December 10thin Bengaluru at Forum Shantiniketan, Whitefield.This will be the third  after Noida & Kolkata that opened last month.

Uno® Chicago Bar & Grill’s entry in India coincides with its 75 years of successful global operations. Being a pioneer in this segment, Uno® is bringing its legacy of their creation – the Deep Dish Pizza and a signature Nuevo American Cuisine deeply mindful of wellness and hand crafted excellence. The Uno® story began in Chicago in 1943 when Ike Sewell developed deep dish pizza and opened a new type of restaurant at the corner of Ohio & Wabash. It was here that Ike served a pizza unlike any that had been served before. Today, Uno® still draws its identity and inspiration from the artisan heritage of the original. Each restaurant including the ones in India would make their dough and preparations fresh every morning.

Some of Uno® signature dishes that define the culinary excellence and artisan heritage of the brand include fresh Salads such as Uno® Power Salad, the extremely popular Pizza Skins has been on the menu for over 21 years apart from including Spinach and Artichoke Dip and Chipotle Cottage Cheese Skewers.The all-time favourites include the signature Rattlesnake Fettuccine Pasta, thin crust pizzas and burgers. ( Excerpt from a release)

Christmas festivities at Sahara star

Mumbai, India

Sahara Star Mumbai is all ready for the year end and specially christmas. Whilst the decorations and the Christmas cheer will add to the atmosphere, the hotel will also have some exciting offers on some delectable food spread. They will be serving some scrumptious delights made by some of their award winning chefs that will tickle your taste buds.

Enjoy a Christmas Eve midnight buffet at Rs.1800 AI only at The Earth Plate, Hotel Sahara Star. Carefully curated by the talented chefs, they will be serving traditional Christmas delicacies like the meat, vegetables and some fine main entrees to keep the gourmand in you alive.

Keep the celebrations going; the delightful dinner will be followed by an exquisite brunch at Rs.3500 AI on 25th December, 2018. Treat your taste buds to the lavish Christmas spread at The Earthplate – Global Cuisine featuring special festive menu with traditional Christmas roasted ham, delicious meat preparations, buttered water chestnut paired sangria, Christmas themed cocktails and mocktails, select spirits, wines. Relish in Christmas themed desserts from our in house bakery shop and delicacies from around the world. Listen to the carols by the Christmas Choir while the kids have fun with the Santa!

 

Offer 1 – Christmas Eve Midnight Buffet @ Rs.1800 AI

Where – The Earthplate, Hotel Sahara Star

Time – 12.30 am – 3am

Offer 2 – Christmas Brunch with Santa @ Rs.3500 AI including unlimited sangria, wines, select spirits, cocktails and mocktails

Where – The Earthplate, Hotel Sahara Star

Time – 12.30pm – 4.00pm

(Excerpt from a release)

Rythm and Pancakes at The Daily

Pancake Menu at The DailyMumbai, India

Rhythm & Pancakes is the coolest offbeat shindig in town! Taking place on alternate Wednesdays at Bandra’s most loved bar, it serves a perfect amalgamation of pancakes topped with eclectic music and groovy beats. The evening sees a curation of live performances by various artists including Siddharth & Ambika, who play a blend of ballads with an R&B approach; Joel & Desiree, whose vibe is a blend of old school & contemporary sounds and Mama Kitty who is known for her unique style of storytelling among others. Fork into The Daily’s range of scrumptious pancakes by giving into the sugar high of the chocotella pancake (nutella and peanut butter) or enjoy the savoury tipsy pig pancake (banana and bacon).

With an ambience as delectable as the gourmet fare, allow the magic of Rhythm & Pancakes to serve as the backdrop for your next date night or dinner with your crew. (Excerpt from a press release)

Hitchki opens one more

Mumbai, India

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Hitchki does a Fantastic Four with the launch of its new outlet in R City

One of Mumbai’s foremost themed resto-bar Hitchki has expanded its footprint in the city. The brand has launched its fourth outlet at R City Mall, Ghatkopar recently, after captivating food fanatics in BKC, Powai and Thane. With its signature nostalgia evoking factor, the outlet encapsulates a grandiose experience eliciting a lovely Hanging Garden theme with aesthetically designed interiors that serves as the neighborhood haven to unwind, re-unite and catch up on scrumptious dining experience for both the millenials and the mature. Just as interesting as it sounds, the brand has also refreshed its menu with scrumptious meals and drinks that is inspired by legendary Bollywood cult movies and characters along with influences from childhood favorites of the 80s and 90s.

With elements that will truly strike a chord with each one who is still a ‘child at heart’, it will transcend patrons back to the good ol’ days of having All Iz Bhel and Missile Pav at their nearby thela; Prime Master Gogo, Yunki Ye Corn Ball, Roadside Romeo, Mere Tandoori Momo Aayengey, Skewer Ke Bachchon and Sholay Bhature will pep up that ‘Bollywood’ gene, and for all the sweet tooth’s out there, Chocolate Lava Kulfi and Hazelnut Crème Bru Le Le would be the ultimate paradise they have always fascinated about.

Put together by a panel of culinary experts, it offers an amalgamation of specially curated drinks and dishes to appease to one’s veritable range of preferences and moods. With Bollywood glaring out of everything brought onto the table, Bollywood buffs will be amused to pick from names like Hum Saath Saath Hai, Gassi Toh Phasee, Bas kar pagle rulayega kya, Aamrish Puri and Zhingat Tacos among others. From Hitchki (nostalgia) triggering infusions like Aam Papad, Chyawanprash and Gummy Bear in heady concoctions to other comfort foods like Cheeselings, Chakli, Papad and Monaco with Cheese and Pineapple in mains and appetizers, this one is sure to transverse one back in time to the ‘days of joy’.

For all Bollywood enthusiasts, Hitchki hosts the ultimate Bollywood Night every Friday. Think lights, think props, think the best of Bollywood through the years…all this and much more! The Bollywood nights are insanely groovy and ‘dhamakedaar’. With the DJ belting out some all time favorites, classics and season’s hottest chartbusters, this is the best way to ring in the weekend.

Commenting on the new outlet, Mr. Arjun Raj KherBrand Head – Hitchki, said, “Hitchki has received an overwhelming response since its inception last year. We are constantly working towards providing an unpredictable and unimaginable experience to our patrons through our offerings. Today, Hitchki provides the much needed sentiment to help us rewind and re-live an era we miss, the days that we’d crave for even today, through the medium of food & drinks. The new outletat R City bears the same value and has some even more interesting elements. We wish to spur the Hitchki Tadka all across the city and have just begun. We are certain that the new outlet will be loved by all.”(Excerpt from a release)