Oko offers a blend of authentic Oriental cuisine with a vibrant flair
Redefining your leisure activities with their new Weekend Twin Spin, OKO at the Lalit Ashok is relaunching in a brand new avatar. Reflecting traditional and modern Japanese culture, the ambience is split down the middle with one Zen section and another all contemporary and white.
The Saturday party, called Sundown Moments, gives you a vast menu with grills, sushi, sashimi, rice and noodles. We loved the Vietnamese-style char-grilled scallops that came with a spicy green apple, sweet basil and sweet soy sauce. Jagamioyaki, for the vegetarians, is miso-marinated grilled potatoes and delicious tofu in Indonesian spices. Chicken, prawn and vegetable satay is also on offer if you’d like to spend the evening snacking. The teppanyaki section offers a choice of Australian John Dory, salmon, fish, chicken, lamb and tofu that is cooked in sauces like garlic soy, lemon butter or tonkatsu.
Their set-menus come in the vegetarian option of Loo Boo Gao (radish cakes), tofu, tempura and fried rice or a seafood or meat platter of sushi rolls, sashimi and tempura.
If you would rather al fresco dining, a lively crooner or DJ and the warm sun, then the High Afternoons brunch on Sunday is worth a look into. The pan-Asian brunch by executive chef, Subodh Goyal is “meant for those interested in the culture and know-how associated with pan-Asian cuisines”.
Some dishes will be prepared fresh at the teppanyaki stations and live Asian grills while you sip on exotic cocktails. Salmon and avocado rolls, spicy tuna rolls, dumplings with various fillings and the famous bao are also on the menu, which constantly changes to include over eight East Asian cuisines.
Brunch: Rs2,250++. Sundowners: Rs3,000 upwards. At Kumara Krupa High Grounds. Details: 30527777