Sample a range of specially-curated global festivals across town
It seems to be the month to celebrate fine dining, with city restaurants rustling up spreads that range from regional Indian feasts to Singaporean and Korean cuisine. So book your table, bring your appetite and seize the opportunity to try something a little niche and off the regular menu.
With expert chefs flown in from Seoul and a chalkboard menu in English and Korean script, authenticity is the benchmark for the Sheraton’s two-week-long celebration of Korean food. A large section of the Feast restaurant is given over to the spread, and there are classic dishes like kimchi (fermented and seasoned vegetables), as well as an array of noodle- and riced-based dishes, with a strong emphasis on sea food. We’d recommend the squid soup, which has a depth of flavour and spicy notes, and the braised pork belly, which literally melts in the mouth. Don’t forget to sample the traditional tea, made from ginger and honey, and end your meal with the faintly sweet cinnamon punch. Rs.1,395++ per person. Until February 25. At Sheraton Brigade Gateway. Details: 42521000
Treat yourself to a real spread with Khandani Rajdhani’s Kathiyawadi food festival, from this royal part of Gujurat. Expect undhiyu (mixed veggies cooked to perfection in an earthen pot), special dals like turiya sambhariya and fresh breads including bajri rotla. End on a sweet note with gol papdi. Available for both lunch and dinner, with prices varying according to the timing and outlet. Rs.299++. Until February 29. At outlets citywide. Details: rajdhani.co.in
Ente Keralam presents its Kuttanadan food festival, with dishes sourced from the Alappuzha district of Kerala, famed for its fresh water fish. Karimeen pollichathu (fish grilled in a banana leaf), kuttanadan tharavu mappas (duck in coconut-based gravy) and chemballi pacha kurumulagittathu, fish in a ground green peppercorn paste, all feature. Rs.1,200 approximately for two. Until March 8. At Ulsoor Road.
Chef Farman Ali recreates the flavours of Hyderabad at Jamavar, for a taste of the Nizam’s table. Start with crispy onion and red onion fritters, chat-style fried corn and mahi tikka, flaky lamb mince samosas and doodiya murgh tikka – chicken marinated in cheese and cream. Mains are accompanied by sheermal (saffron-scented sweet bread) which goes well with the spicy mutton curry. Make room for biryani and khubani ka meetha, the Nizam’s sublime house-special —stewed apricot, loaded with dry fruits. Rs.2,500++ for two. At The Leela Palace, HAL Airport Road. Details: 30571344
Singapore comes to you at OKO, in an intriguing mix of flavours. Feast on freshly made salads and then whet your appetite with steamed dimsum. Panfried chicken, lamb, pork, fish and vegetable-based curries will be served with roti canai, roti jala or Jasmine rice as mains. Singaporean chilli crab, Hainanese chicken and an array of prawn, chicken, tofu and vegetables skewers bring home the street food flavours. Desserts include Oriental crepes and steamed coconut cakes. Rs.1,495. At The Lalit, Kumara Krupa High Grounds. Details: 9900064314
— Aakanksha Devi and Maegan Dobson Sippy