Best restaurants in shimla mall road
Best restaurants in shimla mall road
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Established in April 2016, Eighteen71 cookhouse and bar, the newest multi- cuisine restaurant in Shimla at Hotel Willow Banks, derives its name from the year the property dates back to. The decor beautifully combines classic elements of wood, leather, and metal – with contemporary and modern design – to create a regal and plush ambience that allows for an unparalleled dining experience. This cookhouse and bar in Shimla serves Pan Indian, Oriental cuisine and live grills along with a bar that dishes out some innovative cocktails! The mood and energy of the place changes as the day unfold – starting with a lavish buffet spread at breakfast, a laid-back lunch and has a lounge-like vibe in the evening with the high energy music and mood lighting. In keeping with the theme of the restaurant – the food also retains its classic flavors, while the presentation is a contemporary twist that adds to the excitement of dining here. Share this ads Avoid scams by acting locally or paying with PayPal Never pay with Western Union, Moneygram or other anonymous payment services Don’t buy or sell outside of your country. Don’t accept cashier cheques from outside your country This site is never involved in any transaction, and does not handle payments, shipping, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer “buyer protection” or “seller certification” Contact publisher Shimla Kullu Manali Honeymoon Tours Other Services Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) June 6, 2019 19999.00 Rs.
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Blog Tour: Instant Indian – Jessica’s Reading Room
Today I help kick off the blog tour for the cookbook Instant Indian by Rinku Bhattacharya. She will be talking about pressure cooking and Instant Indian .
Discover favorite foods from all over India with the first regional Indian cookbook authorized by Instant Pot!
Rinku Bhattacharya — cookbook author and founder of Spice Chronicles — has put together a collection of 100 authentic recipes that showcase the diversity and range of the foods of India, where every state and region boasts its own unique dishes. Whether you crave takeout favorites or want to be introduced to lesser-known specialties, this cookbook brings the best of India to your table in an instant!
The Instant Pot® lends itself perfectly to Indian recipes, making flavorful, nutritious Indian fare (like simmering-all-day dals, legumes and all manner of curries) in minutes instead of hours. Instant Indian features numerous vegetarian and vegan options , and nearly all recipes are gluten-free.
With step-by-step instructions and color photos throughout, Instant Indian makes Indian cooking easy and fool-proof using all the functions of this popular appliance.
Purchase Links: Amazon UK
Greetings all, my name is Rinku Bhattacharya, I am the blogger over at Spice Chronicles and the author of three cookbooks – The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles , Spices and Seasons and Instant Indian . Today of course, I will be talking pressure cooking and all about Instant Indian.
Pressure cookers are a very common element of the Indian kitchen. It is probably one of the few cooking appliances that I have found in the kitchen for multiple generations. My grandmother had one, my mother has one and I have quite a few stove top pressure cookers. The electric pressure cooker aka the instant pot made its way to my kitchen by accident. The model that I started with actually might have been discontinued, yes this is almost three years ago long before it became the trend that it is now. Anyhow, my slow cooker had died on me and when looking for a replacement I liked the idea of something that offered so many different options.
Once, the instant pot arrived it took me some time actually realize that electric pressure cooking combined the advantages of slow cooking with the efficiency of pressure cooking. It took me some time to get used to actually leaving the pressure cooker alone without watching it. The second thing that took me some getting used to was the time that it took to actually build up pressure. This is a little longer than the stove top version, and then I was hooked. My early pressure cooking dishes were pretty much the dishes that I have conveniently cooked forever in the instant pot, such as meats, stews, beans and legumes. It is extremely unusual to see beans and legumes cooked outside a pressure cooker in most Indian homes.
Gradually, I upgraded to the Ultra model of the Instant Pot. Just a note here, there are many brands of electric pressure cookers out there. The Instant pot is the most popular, however the other brands bring you a lot of the same options. The other big advantage of the instant pot is that there are a lot of online communities including my own facebook group where you can discuss about tip, tips and find likeminded potheads as the instant pot groupies.
And then I wrote Instant Indian a visually beautiful collection of over a hundred recipes are classic, beautiful and easy to make. This is an Instant Pot authorized cookbook and the first of its kind focusing on the regional diversity of Indian cooking.
In Instant Indian, there are several things that I do, which makes the book a great resource for Indian food lovers and pressure cooking aficionados in general. I introduce readers to the various dimensions of Indian cooking. I introduce readers to multiple functions of the electric pressure cooker – low pressure, no pressure, yogurt and how to use the yogurt mode for fermenting and sprouting. There is a lot of detail on how to use the electric pressure cooker, times, etc.
About the Author:
Rinku Bhattacharya (spicechronicles.com) was born in India, and now lives in a house with a vibrant backyard in Hudson Valley, New York with her husband, an avid gardener, and their two children. Rinku’s simple, sustainable approach to Indian cooking is showcased on her blog, Spice Chronicles, and in her Journal News column “Spices and Seasons.”
Rinku has been teaching recreational cooking classes for the past nine years, and works extensively with local area farmer’s markets on seasonal demonstrations and discussions. Rinku is also the author of The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles (Hippocrene Books, 2012), winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2013 for Best Indian Cuisine. She writes for the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Journal News, and several online sites, and is a frequent guest on CT Style TV.
Overseas Chinese food’s June & July Residency at Unwined in Tooting
Overseas Chinese Food, with chef Melissa Wong, will be in the kitchen at Unwined in Tooting from Thursday 13th June til the end of July 2019, Thursdays to Sundays, serving up Melissa’s excellent Asian cuisine. Expect dumplings, noodles and lots more, all paired with Unwined’s excellent wines. Go!
“Overseas Chinese” refers to Chinese persons residing in countries other than China. The Chinese people have a long history of migrating overseas. One of the earliest migrations dates back to the Ming dynasty when Zheng He (1371–1435) became the envoy of Ming. He sent people – many of them Cantonese and Hokkien – to explore and trade in the South China Sea and in the Indian Ocean.
Many variations of Chinese food can be found globally. The influence and happy accidents when adapting recipes is a testament to the pursuit of using produce available in that specific region.
Overseas Chinese Food is influenced by Chinese and South East Asian cuisine – and also, things we believe are delicious. We run pop ups at locations around London, and then kind of just see what happens. Come say hello!”
When – Thursdays to Sundays from 13th June – end of July 2019
Thu – Sat – 12 noon – 10pm
Sunday – 12 noon – 4pm
Where – Unwined in Tooting, Unit 16A Tooting Market, 21-23 Tooting High Street SW17 0SN
Reservations – Book a table here
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Link 2 – Overseas Chinese Food on Instagram
Link 3 – Reservations
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8 Things I’ll Never Get Sick Of About Wellington
8 Things I’ll Never Get Sick Of About Wellington June 10, 2019 Our time living in Newtown for the month is coming to a close. A month has flown by, and we’ve truly enjoyed every aspect of it (I think I might have become a Newtown convert). In particular, I’m leaving with not only happy memories of our stay, but a ton of interior inspiration thanks to Emma of Emma’s Atelier who kindly offered their house up while they went on a European soujourn (check out her amazing blog all about sewing here ). Being back in Wellington house-sitting has given me a chance to reflect on some brilliant aspects of the city that I probably had taken for granted after 3 years of living so close to town in Oriental Parade. When you live so close to town, you forget all the things you have right on your doorstep (two months of living in Greytown showed me how long a day can be when you have to factor in a commute). So I wanted to share the warm-fuzzy Wellington gratitude with you, as a reminder to myself, and hopefully you too, of what a wonderful place we live. 1. Very little commute and easy, lovely walking to work In our month of house sitting, I’ve really enjoyed walking from Newtown to my work as much as I can. I’ve even walked into town on the weekend. There’s all sorts of characters; there’s always a new coffee shop to peak in on; the busy people of Wellington setting up their day. As you stroll through the surburbs into the city, you see different folk, and different moments. No day is the same. Plus, it wakes you up and puts you in a good mindset for the day. 2. Close proximity to a wide range of incredible cuisine Since being in Newtown, Matt and I have dined at Ciccio Cacio (Italian), Viva Mexico (Mexican), Planet Spice (Indian) and the Mediterranean Foods Trattoria and Deli (twice!). It is such a blessing to be able to go and afford to buy a lovely tasty meal and sip a glass of wine at the end of the day, to connect and catch up. We live in the beating heart of the city and there is so much great food (at least, until Sunday). I love that there are so many diverse cuisine options in Wellington, and that each different suburb has its own vibe, own restaurants and cafe’s and is majority run by individuals or families, rather than big corporate chain-style dining spots. 3. The glimmering harbour side and hills The harbour and rolling hills are something I take for granted about Wellington. While I was travelling in Europe, I really noticed how flat everything was, especially in London. I love that as you look up at the skyline, as you fly into the city, the layered wooden villas peer back at you, with multi-coloured roof tops and individual, quirky bends and folds. The lush bush hugs the sea and the Cook Strait beyond. The sea change as the seasons do, smooth and calm one moment and rough and choppy the next. There’s a feeling of expanse to the ocean. In Summer, we swim. You’re never far from a boat sailing out and onto the harbour. It makes me feel like there’s always an adventure. 4. The Sunday markets and small-scale sellers Every Sunday morning the city congregates, not at church but at the city market at Chaffers Dock with equally religious fervour. People come to eat, drink and shop for their weekly groceries before having a coffee at a nearby bench or spot in Waitangi Park. Not only can you go and buy your discount fruit and vege from fruit-sellers, but it is a great place to explore small businesses and traders who set up camp. From the Shelly Bay Baker, to Plimmerton Kombucha , to the many vendors selling roti, greek food, crepes and more, there’s something exciting to delight your tastebuds and broaden your girth. 5. You know nearly everyone On Friday, I bumped into a friend on a Tinder date. It turned out Matt knew the person she was on a date with. So we crashed their date and turned it into a group hang. Such a story would almost never happen in a city like London or New York. While our etiquette may be questionable, it’s impossible to not feel like you know everyone in Wellington and it certainly makes for a happy time with you can pop into a bar you know and spend the end of the evening hanging out with your friends, laughing and swapping stories before going home early because you got chronic hiccups (based on a true story). 6. The great craft beer I love that almost every bar in Wellington stocks a really comprehensive range of beers these days; in fact, I was rather outraged when I was subject to a Speights at the Featherston off Lambton Quay a few weeks ago. From Epic Pale Ale to Panhead Brew, from Moon Bar and Bebemos to Goldings and Fortune Favours , the beer flows thick and easily in Wellington and the hops are hopping all year ‘round. 7. It’s where I went to school This year my old school had its 100 year anniversary. My best friend Maria and I went along. While we were secretly relieved that our old year group was not to be found, as it meant that there was no-one comparing their lives to one another, we really enjoyed the nostalgia, seeing some friendly old faces of teachers and even an awkward rendition of our old school song. It made me appreciate how lucky I am to have gone to school in Wellington and have such strong roots, and even had my mum teach at my school for almost 20 years. People know who you are and consider you to be a part of their community, which is really rather heartwarming in this day and age. 8. Everyone helps one another out and are genuinely nice From hairdressers to tattooists, from corporate CEO’s to government officials, Wellingtonians really are a rather friendly bunch. It must be something to do with our high quality of life! Quite seriously though, people are courteous, tend not to grumble, don’t push and shove, will almost always give you eye-contact and don’t mind sharing the time of day with you. It simply isn’t like that in big cities. So let’s raise a glass to Wellington and start the week on a positive note – because after almost 30 years, and a love/hate relationship, today I’m feeling fine about you and I, Wellington, my old friend.
1,500 takers for dual-degree courses
Hisar: The process for admission to the Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar (GJUST), has started and more than 6,000 applications were received till Sunday. The GJUST has introduced five new courses — MA English, MA Hindi, MSc-Yoga Science & Therapy, BSc (Hons) Computer (Data Science) and BSc (Hons) Psychology. Prof Tankeshwar Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, said more than 1,500 applicants have applied for admission to the dual-degree courses. The information related to the entrance examinations and counselling is available on the website of the university — www.gjust.ac.in.
Activities galore on environment day
Panipat: Officials of the Panipat Refinery and Petrochemical Complex (PRPC), along with members of their family, celebrated World Environment Day on Wednesday. An online quiz was organised on June 1 and a pollution check-up camp on June 2. Saplings of various species were distributed among residents of the PRPC township. Sanjaya Bhatnagar, Executive Director (ED), PRPC, along with senior officials, gathered to celebrate the day. Bhatnagar administered a pledge for saving the environment to all. He appreciated DPS students for their speeches on air pollution.
Surprise visit to women police station Kaithal: Deputy Commissioner (DC) Priyanka Soni paid a surprise visit to the local women police station recently and took a feedback on the staff activities. She directed the staff to take prompt action on complaints received through Durga Shakti App and women helpline 1091. Rekha Rani, head of the police station, briefed the DC about the procedures followed after the receipt of complaints. Dr Soni also visited the computer section, the record room and looked into the functioning of the helpline. Rani told the DC that around 40 complaints were received daily on the helpline and they took action swiftly on them.
Poor hygiene at bus stands a concern Kurukshetra: Rocky Mittal, Project Director of the ‘Ek Aur Sudhar’ cell, paid a surprise visit to bus stands in Kurukshetra and two petrol pumps on the Kaithal road. He expressed unhappiness over the condition of toilets and wastage of water. He visited the Pipli bus stand, new bus stand and old bus stand. He directed the officials concerned to improve the sanitation condition and get taps repaired in seven days. Mittal asked the district officials to ensure proper arrangement of drinking water at public places.
Exploring foods of India
Rohtak: A five-day value-added workshop, ‘Food of India’, was recently organised by the Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management (IHTM) at Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) in Rohtak. University VC Rajbir Singh inaugurated the workshop, while noted food historian Inayat Zaidi spoke on the cultural diversity apparent in the Indian foods. Institute Director Ashish Dahiya said the workshop included sessions on cuisines of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh. Prof Sonia Malik of the Psychology Department delivered a lecture on ‘Diet and Psychology’.
My Banana @ Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya
[Worst Banana Leaf Rice Ever!!] Banana Leaf Rice is one of Malaysians beloved dish especially among Klang Valley but have you ever heard of or eaten banana leaf rice served with pork belly or pork meat? Is rather interesting but sadly unsatisfied with the quality. Was looking for the best banana leaf rice in Petaling Jaya, and someone recommended this unusual serving or eatery which was published by the newspaper recently, so I decided to give it a try. My first impression was rather shocking after seeing th e condiment of vegetables was so disgusting and overflooded with juices still it was dripping all over the floor. The taste was rather bland and the curry was so light, not much of spices used or lack of seasoning. 3/10 Stars.. Price: Affordable Services: Average Environment: Warm Food Type: BananaLeaf/Indian Cuisine Status: NON-Halal Address: 28, Jalan SS 24/13, Taman Megah, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Hours: Monday-Sunday :7.30am – 11pm
Banana Leaf Rice Set RM 7.50 (Ponni Rice + Vege of the day + House curry) Reasonable pricing and the condiments are refillable but the ‘vege of the day’ was so bad still I didn’t bother asking them to refill. As you can see in the photo, soggy and tasted bland. I hope they don’t serve the same disgusting vegetable daily and call it ‘vege of the day’. My Banana restaurant only served two types of curry which is the chicken curry and fish curry which also tasted super light, not strong at all.
Pork Siew Yuk RM 6.50 My Banana restaurant is famous for serving pork Siew yuk which eventually gets some attention from the public eye because of it’s unicity but isn’t delicious? The answer is NO, their Siew yuk wasn’t seasoned properly and cooked unevenly. The skin is rock hard and the meat was a little undercook.
Fried Nam Yue Pork Belly RM 8.00 Next, we ordered the fried nam yue pork belly which eventually tasted better then the siew yuk. Well balance of flavor and the meat was juicy tender but it took a little too long to wait.
Fried Squid/Sotong goreng RM 10.00 Their fried squad is coated with flour mix with hand-picked Indian spices like chili powder, tamarind, and etc deep fried with onion. Overall the flavor was pleasing but the squid inside did not cook well enough.
Mutton Peratal RM 10.00 Mutton peratal i s an Indian curry dish that is prepared from mutton and vegetables and originated in Bengal. Railway mutton curry is a variation of the dish that originated during the British India. Their mutton peratal was tender and packed with flavors but the portion was really small la.
Cham Hot RM 1.80
Kopi Iced RM 2.00
Teh Iced RM 2.00
My Banana Menu
Asian millionaires favour food, culture over shopping, ILTM study finds
/ Posted on 10 June, 2019 9:54 Luxury travel is more than just about accommodation and transportation for Asian millionaires
This year is likely to be another year of strong growth for the region’s luxury travel market, with particularly high willingness to travel manifested by Chinese and Indian millionaires, according to research commissioned by ILTM Asia Pacific.
Japanese millionaires, on the other hand, remain reluctant to travel internationally, a trend that persists despite a stabilising economy and increased inbound touristic flows. With trend towards in-depth destination experiences, arts and culture will increasingly feature on Asian millionaire’s itineraries; Quechua sitting on ancient Inca wall, Peru
Having interviewed 903 millionaires across China, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan, Agility Research & Strategy looked at the travel trends among millionaires.
Among other findings, the research revealed that shopping, which until a few years ago was cited as the top reason to travel across all six markets covered by the study, is becoming less relevant.
Asian millionaires’ interests are becoming more sophisticated: city tours, diving, beach, food, amusement parks, spas and hot springs are some of the most mentioned reasons to travel. The next few years is likely to see them displaying a greater interest in art & cultural travel, on the tail of the opening of major museums and cultural institutions throughout the region.
Millionaires’ reasons to travel are also shifting from status and recognition to personal growth and quality of life. Increasingly, business trips become a mix of business and leisure, and millionaires plan their trips with the whole family, to spend quality time together.
There is increased awareness that luxury travel is more than about accommodation and transportation. Food experiences remain high on the millionaires travel bucket-list, starting from a varied breakfast at the hotel, continuing with a local, authentic and safe lunch to sample the local cuisine, and ending with fine dining at a Michelin-rated restaurant.
Meanwhile, Japan remains “a very attractive destination for Asian millionaires”, thanks to its image as a safe and diversified destination rife with opportunities for authentic local experiences.
Online and digital is gaining traction both as a channel to search for information and as way to research and book travel. At the same time, traditional channels such as recommendation from friends and family, TV and magazines still hold considerable sway over millionaires travel decisions.
In China, over 85% of millionaires surveyed take into consideration a hotel’s eco-friendliness. TAGS
10 Reasons Why People Love Andaman Island And Keep Going Back
10 Reasons Why People Love Andaman Island And Keep Going Back 10 Reasons Why People Love Andaman Island And Keep Going Back 0 andaman island Andaman Island is one of the most beautiful destinations of entire Southeast Asia. People who visit this enticing island once keep returning here in their every next vacation. Yes, this is quite unbelievable, but you will also fall in love with Andaman after paying a visit! The charming scenarios, unblemished beaches, serene vibes and loads of other things are there in Andaman to make anyone totally love-struck! You won’t have to try to find the reasons which make Andaman a super-amazing destination as you will be surrounded by tons of them. Let’s know the top 10 reasons why people love Andaman Island so much and keep going back there time and again. Reading them alone can excite you enough to plan a trip! 1. Pleasant Weather: andaman weather The weather of the Andaman is perfect for vacations. It is never too hot and never too cold there. You won’t have to worry about the sweat nor about the heavy clothing in Andaman. This tropical region always has a sunny atmosphere accompanied by a fresh breeze and drizzle in the evening. The best part is that Andaman is blessed with such weather for the entire year. People coming from plains and mountains instantly fall in love with this pleasant weather! 2. Super-Cool Ambience: Andaman Island is the hub of tourists due to which you can find people from every part of the world here. Every tourist remains busy in exploring and adoring the beauty of the islands, that is why you can do anything you wish to without being judged in Andaman. In addition, you can make international friends here. This super-cool relaxed ambience draws tourists to Andaman Island again and again! 3. Adventures in the Sea: adventure The clear blue sea of Andaman becomes more beautiful while enjoying fun-filled water sports in it. Adventure lovers never miss a chance to try each of these water sports at the Andaman. Ranging from scuba diving to sea walking and from snorkelling to semi-submarine rides, Andaman offers a zillion of water sports to make every moment of tourists super-exciting! Adventurous water sports are the main reason why many people love and prefer Andaman over other travel destinations. 4. A Tech-free Serene World: Although no part of the world has remained untouched by technology, Andaman is a place which should be enjoyed without the disturbance of phone, internet, and social world. The island is very remote, that’s why you can face network issues in a few areas. However, keeping a little bit distance from your phones is a good thing to enjoy a relaxing vacation. So, you will love the calm that nature can provide in Andaman without any modern gadgets! 5. Secluded Islands: Andaman houses near 300 islands. Most of them are secluded and perfect for spending some private time without any disturbance. Usually, tourists’ destinations remained flocked with visitors and people have to struggle everywhere with the crowd. But, this isn’t the case with Andaman! That’s why Andaman is an ideal honeymoon destination as well. Islands like Havelock, Neil, Jolly Buoy and Ross will captivate you beyond your thoughts! 6. The Picturesque Beaches: andaman beaches Andaman Island is home to the dreamiest beaches that one can ever see! The crystal blue waves colliding or sometimes slowly merging into the sparkling white sand is an alluring sight to catch at these beaches. The beaches of Andaman are perfect for romantic walks, spending time with family or friends and even for idly sitting! Yes, one can never get bored of their beauty. Photo lovers often capture the astonishing views of sunrise and sunset at these beaches. People instantly fall in love with the top beaches of Andaman. 7. Lush Green Surroundings: The entire Andaman Island is covered with dense forest, and one can see patches of greenery everywhere in Andaman. Many tourists enjoy mangrove kayaking and trekking in these dense forests. You can also spot beautiful wildlife species like emerald doves, bellied eagles and multihued kingfishers in the depths of these jungles. Nature lovers can never find a better place than Andaman. The beautiful natural scenarios make people fall for Andaman Island every time they pay a visit! 8. Starry Effect of Bioluminescence: People who happen to be in Andaman on moonless nights can see the miraculous starry effect in the sea water of Havelock Island! Although those shining start like structures is single-celled plant namely, bioluminescent phytoplankton, it is a natural miracle which not everyone can witness. This special effect occurs only at a few places in the world. Luckily, Andaman is one of those! The scenario of galaxies of starts in the water light up every wave and make the spectators awestruck for sure! 9. The Indigenous Tribes: Who can think that there are still some tribes in the world that lead their lives like primitives even in this modern era? Yes, Andaman is still home to many such tribes. One of these is Jarawas. These people are unaware of the entire world and its progress as they reside in the recess of south and middle Andaman forests. Although tourists aren’t allowed to interfere in their lives still, history enthusiasts can book a special tour where they can observe these tribes from a safe distance. You will feel like transported into primitive times when you observe the clothing and lifestyle of the Jarawa tribe. 10. Amazing Food: The food of Andaman gives equal competition to the beauty of Andaman. Yes, just like the mesmerising scenarios, the scrumptious dishes of Andaman are also unforgettable. You can find a blend of many cuisines like South Indian, North Indian, Chinese, Sri Lankan and the seafood here. Nothing can beat the seafood recipes of Andaman. Foodies usually love to savour the delectable dishes of Andaman. That’s why they keep going back to Andaman without giving much thought! The reasons to love Andaman are innumerable. Travel lovers somehow find one excuse or the other to love such places and add them into their favourite destinations’ list! Aditya Khanna is an avid travel and lifestyle blogger. Attention to detail, good listening skills, and great empathy are symbols of his appreciation by his clients. You can check Andaman Tourism for more about his work. Rate this Article
Review: Joseph Bistro 想想廚房 (high-concept Indian cuisine)
Review: Joseph Bistro 想想廚房 (high-concept Indian cuisine) Joseph Bistro #13 Lane 69 Songjiang Road Zhongshan District, Taipei(MRT Sonjiang Nanjing) (02) 2508-1329 On the heels of a discussion on whether there is, or should be, a distinction drawn between ‘elevated’ or ‘high-concept’ Asian regional cuisines and ‘authentic’ Asian cooking , it was interesting to find myself at high-concept Indian restaurant Joseph Bistro . For the record, I don’t think the cuisines of Asia need to be ‘mom’s cooking’ to be authentic or delicious, and one of the things I love about living in Asia is that, unlike the West, when someone opens a restaurant that is not ‘mom’s cooking’ and tries to do something different, there’s a lot of room for that. You won’t hear a gaggle of confused Westerners who mistake knowing something about Asian food for deeper intercultural competence going on about how it’s not ‘authentic’, and they should know. How can it not be? It’s Asian food, made by Asian people, in Asia. And, to quote Tricky Taipei : “Why does cheap have to equal authentic when it comes to Asian food that’s not Japanese? Why is it so hard for us to say a simple but quality bowl of beef noodle soup can be worth paying US$14 for?” I’ll only add two caveats to that. If I can get excellent, say, dumplings at one price point, I’m not likely to pay a higher price point for dumplings that I can’t tell are any better. But if you wow me with your more expensive dumplings, I will pay. Second, there is (and I honestly think should be) more room for people with cultural ties to a place, who have been eating and preparing food from that place their whole lives, to get creative with its cuisine. There is less room for foreigners to come in and say what is and is not ‘elevated’ (as opposed to just odd). If you’re in the latter group, that doesn’t mean you can’t jump in, but there’s simply a higher chance that you won’t really know what you’re doing because you didn’t grow up with that food – and it’s more likely to show in the output. If you want to go there, know your stuff. All of this brings me back to Joseph Bistro. Forget ‘elevated’ vs. ‘authentic’ – it doesn’t matter. The food at Joseph Bistro is simply great. You’ll pay for that greatness (by Taipei standards at least), but you’ll be happy to fork over the cash, because Chef Joseph will wow you. Joseph Bistro fills a much-needed gap in Taipei’s culinary scene – there isn’t another place quite like it among Indian restaurants, and outside of some high-concept Japanese restaurants, there isn’t a lot of this kind of high-end cuisine from other parts of Asia available. There are tons of Indian restaurants, some of them quite good, but they are standard Indian restaurants. And that’s as it should be – we need a selection of such places, and I frequent them. But none of them ‘elevate’ the way Joseph Bistro does. I went with friends I don’t get to see often, so we were feeling spendy. First, while I would not typically order wine with Indian food (to me it’s beer food), the food here matches well with wine. We chose what I cheekily ordered as “a bottle of your cheapest red, please!” But the dry Italian red we got was scrumptious and matched the food well. A good price, too – NT$950/bottle is not bad for wine in a restaurant. (White wines start at NT$1500/bottle, but I’m a red wine person.) There is also a robust selection of beer non-alcoholic drinks. We started with an appetizer of potato kofte served in a fruit salad raita (raita is a spiced, salted yoghurt). It came topped with edible flowers and we were instructed to mix everything together to eat it – and let me tell you, it was phenomenal. The distinctive flavor of raita mixed with the flowers and fruit – which included both fresh and dried fruits for varied texture and flavor – produced a memorable salty-savory combination that defies description. The potato puffs provided an umami base for this distinctive taste. We also ordered a Goan fish croquette topped with sea urchin, which combined flavors from three cuisines: the fish cake is a lightly spiced Goan take on a Portuguese classic, with Japanese-style sea urchin for a burst of saltiness. It’s great on its own or eaten with pappadum for a bit of a crunch. The mains run the gamut from clear fusion to classic Indian – we stuck closer to classic Indian but I’m now curious to try their more adventurous dishes, which include a longyan duck leg and argan-oil scented rack of lamb, as well as a cobia steak served with tandoor spices, lemon pickle and grape mint sauce. We had the Goan fish curry, palak paneer and tandoori chicken with coriander chutney. In part I was just feeling like that sort of food, and in part I wanted to see how well Joseph Bistro could do the classics. Everything was superb – the chicken especially stands out as being perfectly cooked and tender (not dry as some tandoori chicken can be) in an intensely flavorful sauce, the Goan fish curry reminded me of the delicious fish curries I had there – far from Goa but just as good, if not better. I appreciated that the palak paneer used large chunks of high-quality paneer. Basically, although writing this the next day I realized we ordered some of the most boring items on the menu, every last one of them was absolutely wonderful and worth the money we paid for them. All that’s done is make me think I have to go back to try more. The desserts are also worth saving room for. They’re some of the most generous portions of dessert you’ll get in Taipei. They look pricey but can easily serve 2-3 people, so don’t fret too much about it. Definitely try the deconstructed rasmalai, which comes served in a layered cup with chocolate mousse, coffee jelly and rasmalai-mascarpone sauce. Driving your spoon all the way down to get a bite of each layer, you get salty, sweet and bitter all at once and it comes together perfectly. Or, as my friend said, “it tastes like…summer!” We also had the crusty red wine apple with vanilla creme – absolutely wonderful. The soft red wine-marinated apples was a perfect textural counterpoint to the flaky-crispy pastries and creamy vanilla topping. And all this while, we enjoyed our meal in comfortable, tasteful but unpretentious decor. You don’t feel like you have to ‘dress up’ for Joseph Bistro (though you can), but you still get the feeling that you’re having a high-end experience that’s worth the money. And yet, there was a (cute) young child at the next table putting spoons on his head and generally being a kid. Nobody bothered about it – classy and comfortable, but also unpretentious and kid-friendly. Did we blow through more than NT$5000 for three people? Yes. (But then we did everything – starters, wine, desserts, the works). Did we mind? Not at all. Forget the ‘authentic’ vs. ‘elevated’ Asian food debate. Ask yourself – can Asian food be worth paying real money for? Yes, of course. How is that even a question? And ask yourself, is it good? If it is, and you’ve got the cash, just don’t worry about it. Fretting over authenticity in Asian food strikes me as a specifically Western thing to do. I assure you that in Asia, it’s simply not a thing. Quick note: the chef recognized me from Lao Ren Cha (I was not paid or asked to do this review and received no special discount for writing it), and made the food spicier than he normally would for Taiwanese diners. He did add just the right amount of kick. If you also want your food to be spicier, you may want to request it. Posted by
Authentic Thai food at Mumbai’s Happy Thai
For the most part, Thai food in India is known only by a handful of colourful curries, but at Happy Thai, there are no “red” or “green” kinds. Instead, there’s the flavourful massaman curry or the hearty Japanese Ninja Katsu curry.
The brand describes itself as a fast-casual dining chain specializing in Thai and Japanese food. It brings together, once again, entrepreneur Aditya Kilachand and executive chef James Biaka. The duo had previously collaborated on the popular Japanese bar Tetsuma in Colaba, which shut down in 2014.
According to CEO Samir Chhabria, the restaurant seeks to address the lack of authentic Thai and Japanese food in the city. “Also, the (Thai) cuisine suits the Indian taste palette perfectly, especially in terms of spices, ” says Chhabria. The menu is curated to reflect that idea, with offerings that stay true to their origins. “In our entrées, we have only one fish, which is the classic black cod in miso. Aditya didn’t want to serve food that wasn’t originally Thai, and thus, even though the menu seemed small, we wanted to do right by Thai food,” Chhabria says.
Biaka says the idea of merging Japanese cuisine, with its mild tastes, and Thai cuisine, with its pungent kick, was that “we wanted our customers to start off easy with Japanese appetizers to open up their palettes and rise to more flavoursome entrées for a satisfying meal”. “Without tweaking them to Indian sensibilities,” adds Chhabria.
The 85-seater, 2,650 sq. ft dining space is minimal, with white walls and floors, furniture in muted, warm colours and rows of plants hanging from the ceiling. “Aditya was clear about the space being casual, approachable and simple, and since the elephant is revered in Thailand, we wanted to incorporate it into our identity,” Chhabria says as Happy Thai’s logo—the “HT” takes the shape of the animal—shines behind the bar.
They plan to expand to delivery-based, quick-service formats. “A part of the Happy Thai brand is Happy Soba and we want to open two subsidiaries of these called Happy Thai Express and Happy Soba Express, which will serve our signature fare,” Chhabria explains.
Happy Thai is open at Atria Mall, Worli, from noon-11pm through the week. A meal for two costs ₹ 2,000, plus taxes .