Pan asian cuisine has always been a favourite and of recent I have noticed the perceptions and tastes of Indians have been evolving thereby making way for establishments offering authentic Pan Asian flavours rather than a concoction of Indian and Chinese which is passe now. I always knew our version of Chinese cuisine is just an amalgamation of the flavours our Indian palate would accept and though I have always enjoyed the dishes I am always happy to try authentic dishes from these regions.
Aloft CBP’s latest food festival “Beijing to Bangkok” is keeping with the latest trend of Pan Asian cuisine in Bangalore and they are more than ready to showcase the dishes from these regions.
This time around the restaurant Nook was decorated keeping in line with the food festival and was a lovely sight. Though a weekday the restaurant was bustling with patrons with all having a good time.
After the customary walk around the buffet section and getting the necessary pictures of the special’s of the festival we settled in for a quiet and relaxing evening with friends. The buffet has different sections showcasing the food festival dishes prominently in the front area along with festival special desserts as well as Indian desserts , a section for the salads and continental appetizers, another area for the dimsums and soup.
We begun our meal with a wonderfully spiced Mongolian Hot Pot with options of choosing different ingredients in our hot pot. My selection of bok choy, mushrooms, chicken, white fungi and spring onions was perfect way to begin the meal.
This was followed by Chicken Dimsums, Prawn Dimsums and Steamed Buns. Though I love Chicken, the Prawn dimsums were a surprise package. The Steamed Buns are usually not my pick though the ones here did catch my attention.
Though I was quite pleased with the food I had till now, I was quite blown by the Seafood basket and Grouper fish served at our table. Though the fish was a sight to behold, I loved the presentation with the bok choy and lime offsetting what would have been a disturbing image to some. I love getting into the thick of things and took it upon myself to slice the fish and serve our table. The fish was well seasoned but the dressing provided added to the flavours of this dish making it quite memorable.
The Seafood basket with its prawns and squid was more of dish with pepper being the main spice and I loved it.
There were many other options to choose from the Veg Satay, Non Veg Satay and Rice wraps. The tofu in the veg satay was soft and for a change I enjoyed Tofu. The meat balls in the Non Veg Satay were not top far behind with the loads of flavour.
The Main course dishes were as expected a combination of rice, noodles and side dishes we have come to love.
I always look forward to the desserts served at the food festivals in Aloft as it very specific to the food festival they are showcasing. The desserts presented this time were – Youtiau, Coconut Pannacotta, Quindin, Chinese Mango Pudding, Coconut Egg Custard, Tim Tim Trab and few more. Though they all tasted wonderful in their own way I personally picked the Youtiau as my favourite.
They always have a few Indian desserts such as Cham Cham, Rabri, Pedas and Fruits for the light hearted souls who like to stick to the known desserts.
The Beijing to Bangkok Food Festival is on from 09th – 20th Oct 2017 for lunch and dinner on weekdays, priced at Rs.1099/- ++.
Address: Cessna Business Park, Sarjapur–Marathahalli Outer Ring Road, Kadubeesanahalli, Bellandur Post, Bengaluru – 560103
Phone Number: +91 80 4510 1010
Website: Aloft Bengaluru CBP
Ambiance – 4.5/5
Service – 4.0/5
Food Taste – 4.5/5
Quantity/Quality – Buffet
Value for Money – 4.5/5