Giving food obsessives a 10-day culinary extravaganza, DineFest is back and this time around, with a larger number of restaurants. The bi-annual event was held in Bengaluru for the first time in February this year, with earlier editions in Mumbai and Delhi. Conceptualised and organised by Cellar Door Hospitality, the people behind Restaurant Week, DineFest taps into the growing love for casual dining cafes and restaurants. “There’s a large movement towards restaurants that allow you to relax, be yourself and also provide you with excellent food created by the most talented chefs. When we realised this, we decided to create an event that would bring these establishments into focus,” begins Nachiket Shetye, co-founder of Cellar Door Hospitality.
Beginning today and on until August 21, the event will have pre-fixed three-course menus that showcase the best dishes each restaurant has to offer. “Narrowing down the menu involved a lot of research. We had to ask friends for feedback and we even sent a team to Bengaluru to shortlist restaurants and dishes. We consulted with resident chefs about the dishes that they wanted to be showcased. So essentially, the menus are a mix of popular dishes and ones that the restaurant wishes to highlight,” he tells us, adding that they have ensured that there’s a balanced inclusion of different meats and veggies. Take for instance, the menu at Cafe Cassia. Choices for appetisers include gems such as Tuna and Glass Noodle Salad and Palak Paneer Quiche, while mains will have you choosing between dishes like Fish in Thai red curry, and Tandoori Chicken, Avocado and Coleslaw Burger.
Offering a nice mix of Indian, Italian, Asian and Parsi fare, the other participating restaurants include Red Fork, Sodabottle-openerwala, Via Milano, Chianti, Ente Keralam, The Permit Room, Matsuri, The Black Rabbit, Bricklane Grill and Tim Tai. “One of the menus that I’m really excited about is Sodabottleopenerwala’s. They have decided to go completely vegetarian and will be presenting Parsi vegetarian dishes with a twist,” reveals Shetye.
The culinary fest will be held simultaneously across Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi. Next on the agenda for Shetye is bringing their Small Plates Week to Bengaluru. “In October, it will be held in Delhi and hopefully, Bengaluru will have its first one next year,” he says, signing off.
Rs 500++. Details: dinefest.in
— Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo