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)

Gateway Taproom gets the Oktoberfest to BKC!

Mumbai, India

Never been to an Oktoberfest? While the world celebrated this 207 year old extravaganza  in its birthplace Munich until a couple of weeks back, the newly opened Gateway Taproom in BKC gives you an opportunity to enjoy the fest until  22nd October 2017.They call it ‘Pretty Much Munich’.

Oktoberfest Gateway BKC

Oktoberfest was born in 1810 when Munich celebrated the Crown Prince’s wedding with a special beer and huge party that ran for 16 days. This has continued with more vigour and pomp ever since, over 6 million patrons attend with over 7.5 millions liters of beer is poured.

Oktoberfest Gateway BKC Kaesesspaetzle

At the Gateway, the White Zen (Hefeweizen) and Doppelganger (Dunkelweizen) the mainstays of Gateway  along with Marzen the  Festbier and the Vienna lager a crisper variation to the festbier enthralled us on a bright afternoon.

The food was a surprise, pub-grub never gets so intricate and authentic here in the country.. the former was the parmesan puff which was top-notch and the latter the kaesesspaetzle a German staple of a indigenous ‘pasta’ and cheese which reminded me of my recent Stuttgart trip. As a vegetarian in Germany  you only get to eat Spaetzle and Kartoffel Salat ( potato salad) apart from the host of artisanal  breads and of course the Pretzel.

To more brewed times ahead, Prost!

Gateway Taproom Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

Great Wall’s lunch at 1010

Mumbai, India

turnip cake Great Wall Leela

Great Wall the Chinese restaurant at The Leela, Mumbai is one of the pioneers of the cuisine in the city, the Hunan and Sichuan cuisines being their core.  What drew me to the restaurant after long was their new menu coupled with the four-course set lunch priced at attractive Rs 1010 per person on through the week.

Cheung Fan Great Wall Leela

My table overlooking the green landscape replete with a waterfall set the vibrancy to the afternoon despite the 90’s décor. The set lunch comprised soup, starter, mains and a dessert; it had the basics but plausible options like the classic turnip cakes, crystal dumplings, and the Great wall special hot and sour soup. I also looked beyond it for the new menu items like the asparagus cheung fans and the main dish, chestnut, sugar snap peas, tofu, shiitake and white fungus in a light citrusy sauce with Japanese inspirations, both exquisite. The mapo tofu for mains was classic and did me in. The cream of mango with sago pearls was refreshing with the acidity and the new dessert Gula Melaka of Sino-Malay origin, a combination of sago, coconut milk and Palm jaggery was silken albeit heavy.

Stirfry veg Great Wall Leela

Great Wall impressed with the food like always and their set menu we thought is a steal especially for those who look forward to see what Chinese food with quality ingredients taste like.

Gula Melak Great Wall Leela