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Troika – Comfort Asian Food

Crispy Fish Coconut Chilly at Troika, Bangalore

So this one evening last month the wife felt like dining at one of the roof top restaurants in Bangalore. You know fresh air, the view, ambiance, a little bit of music, the works. Yours truly was craving for some comfort Asian food. Looked up Zomato and the menu of Troika intrigued me. In half an hour, we were at Troika, at the roof top restaurant at 100 Ft Road Indira Nagar in Bangalore, all set for a great evening.

Since Asian food was the craving, we started off with Crispy Fish Coconut Chilly. Like the name suggests, this tongue tingling delicacy is crisp Basa slices tossed with coconut cream, garlic and chilly, seasoned with Thai herbs. The dish did thorough justice to the way the menu described it and brought out signature thai flavors – the palate was delighted :)

We further ventured into Rochaedo Chicken Dumplings with Sweet and Sour Tamarind Glaze. What I loved about this dish was the fusion of Goan and Asian flavors. Rochaedo is very much Goan but the sweet and sour tamarind glaze when infused with Rochaedo created a bag full of flavors that came across as comfort asian fusion food. But then the evening had just gotten started.

For mains we decided to indulge in Tai Chi Chicken which is chicken stir fried in oyster chilly pepper sauce served on a bed of sticky rice. Again, something uniquely comfort Asian that was very palatable. All in all, a happy belly! :)

 
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Grilled Fish with Buttered Carrot Puree & Peas

Grilled Salmon

So in 2012, I took off on this vacation to Bali – where my objective was three fold: 1) Make sure that yours truly and Her Majesty [Read My Better Half, My Wife] have a good time 2) Indulge in Amazing Sea Food 3) Go crazy over Water Sports.

We decided to stay at Ayodya Resort Bali which is located at Nusa Dua. Designed to resemble a Balinese water palace, Ayodya Resort is embellished with stone statues, fountains and lagoon pools that exude the exotic grandeur of the island. The rooms were nice and spacious – the food excellent and the resort by itself – huge and very pleasing.

The resort has seven different restaurants that cater to a variety of taste buds from Balinese to Asian to English to Japanese. The one that I liked the most was a restaurant that was located at the main lobby overlooking the lagoon and the ocean called Java Hut.

The sea food at this place was exquisite – the above picture in this post I’m certain does justice to what I’m saying. So what was the dish all about again? Grilled Fish with buttered carrot puree and peas. Whenever I look at his picture, it almost immediately makes me want to go back to Bali again – to experience the food again, to scuba dive again, to explore the island, to celebrate life! :)

 
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Scealta di Risotto

Tuscana Pizzeria Chennai

A city I started frequenting lately for business is Chennai and on my last trip there, one of my senior colleagues at work was kind enough to take me out to lunch at this place called Tuscana Pizzeria. This is a nice Italian joint located at Wallace Garden Road, Nungambakkam.

I love Italian cuisine. Whether it is the range of pastas or pizzas, gnocchis or breads, I love them all. What I enjoy most in the Italian cuisine is a well cooked Risotto. And when that well cooked risotto comes in the form of Grilled Madras Prawns tossed in Parsley Garlic Butter, you know you have a winner. At Tuscana Pizzeria, they call this dish Scealta di Risotto. After wiping it clean, I got the expression *Happy Belly*!

This is one place that I’d definitely go back to, to satisfy my risotto craving whenever I’m in Chennai. Bon Appetite! :)

 
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Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel

Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel

 

Au Bon Pain India invited a bunch of food enthusiasts and food bloggers to their biggest cafe in India which recently opened up at Indira Nagar in Bangalore for a Foodathon. Yours truly was also invited as part of this Foodathon. Au Bon Pain wanted us to try their fresh menu and give them feedback on the entire Au Bon Pain experience.

So I went there with a good friend of mine Rakesh Nagaraj. We were welcomed by the courteous Au Bon Pain staff and were introduced to foodies who were already present there for the foodathon. Was fun bumping into Hrish Thota – caught up with him after a really long time.

As part of the foodathon, we tried a lot of stuff from Smoked Salmon Wasabi Sandwiches to Blackbean Burgers, Tuna Salad Multigrain to Sundried Tomato & Cheese Sandwich, Litchi Iced Tea, Frozen Hot Chocolate, Frozen Mocha and the likes. But what stole the show for me personally was the super yummy Bagel with Cream Cheese & Salmon. The bagel had a generous serving of salmon and just the right amount of cream cheese. The Chicken & Cream Cheese Soup is another must have at Au Bon Pain.

If you ever get the Cream Cheese / Salmon craving, you know now, where to go! :)

 
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Singapore Laksa Bowl!

Singapore Laksa Bowl

 

After a day packed with meetings in Mumbai, this one time I checked into Hotel Ibis at Sahar to stay over. Days when your meetings go well and you’ve managed to get a lot done from your check list, you get that feel good factor which calls out for some good sumptuous food. The food then acts like a cherry on well baked cake and makes your day – ala your meal worth it!

But then, I wasn’t sure if I’d get bang for my buck at Ibis. Its not known for its food after all. Besides, I was too tired to step out and I had loads to prepare for the next day – so wanted to grab something at Ibis itself. Checked into my room and then walked into the restaurant they have called Spice It.

Called for the menu and my eyes zeroed on like that of a hawk on to this thing I absolutely love – The Singapore Laksa Bowl. It’s basically laksa curry with ginger, noodles, bok choy, prawn, chicken, boiled eggs, spring onions, fried onions, chilly oil and bean sprouts. One bowl of the laksa and yours truly walked away happy. Never imagined that I’d get such amazing Laksa at Ibis of all places. But then that really is the punch isn’t it – a lot of times, the most unexpected places deliver the most amazing food. Next play! :)

 
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Butter Garlic Crab at Mickeys, Goa

Butter Garlic Crab at Martins Corner, Goa

 

I’ve been brought up in a city called Belgaum which is sandwiched between Bangalore and Mumbai. One of my favorite things about Belgaum is the fact that it is a mere 150 kms from Goa – which is on an average, a three hour drive.

That being said, you can only imagine the number of trips I’ve probably made in the last few years. One of my favorite food joints in Goa is Mickeys. If you like sea food and are in Goa, your trip is not complete without visiting Mickeys which is located at Colva Beach.

Talk about Pomfret, King Fish, The Red Snapper, King Prawns, Tiger Prawns, Calamari, Lobster – you name it, these guys have it all. But what I love most there is a good old fashioned Butter Garlic Crab. Every time I’ve dined there, the consistency in terms of taste is just spectacular. The same flavors hit your palette each and every time – which is the hallmark of a great restaurant.

 
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Pan Seared Basa with Burghul Risotto

Pan Seared Basa with Burghul Risotto

 

Was in Mumbai for business this one time – so a good friend of mine Jacqueline [also my colleague at work & an avid foodie] decided to take me out to lunch. We wanted to go somewhere close-by and we zeroed in on two options at Bandra Kurla Complex – California Pizza Kitchen and Le Pain Quotidien.

Since I’d already been to CPK before, we decided to give Le Pain Quotidien a shot. Le Pain Quotidien which means ‘The Daily Bread’ is a bakery and restaurant that serves simple, elegant boulangerie fare made with organic ingredients. It has a nice ambiance which is typically filled with business folk who operate out of BKC in Mumbai.

Since I really enjoy seafood and one thing that I’m super fond of is risotto, I decided to order Pan Seared Basa with Burghul Risotto. The basa was cooked perfectly and the risotto complemented it really well. Add to it mushrooms, chilly and balsamic sauce and you have one happy belly! :)

 
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Introducing Crab Rangoon!

Crab Rangoon

 

Wontons can be nice if cooked well. Crispy layer on the outside – you bite into them and they give you a bag full of flavors – depending on what you’ve ordered off course. So this one time, we headed to Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge at Orion Mall, Bangalore.

Saw something interesting on the menu called Crab Rangoon. A close friend of mine Rakesh was with me and we instantly ordered the same. When the dish was served, picked one up and popped it in – holy cow! It was one of the most yummiest things I’d ever had! Think about spiced crab and cream cheese hitting your palette when you bite into a crisp wanton – yup, that’s exactly what happened!

The dish but ofcourse, did more than a couple of repeat rounds and tell you what – this is one dish that I highly recommend!

 
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YouCook – Grill up, then fill up!

Aadil & Mahesh at YouCook

Some time last month, the guys at work decided to go out for a team dinner. We chose to head out to this place that one of my colleagues Sebastian recommended called YouCook at IndiraNagar, Bangalore.

What’s cool about this place is that they have really large tables and right at the center of each table – they have this huge grill – where in you actually grill stuff, cook it and then eat it. Now I understand that when we’re paying stuff, we should get ready food on the table, but this by itself – the fact that you grill / cook your own meal is an experience in itself! Something that yours truly thoroughly enjoyed!

They have all kinds of kebabs which are already marinated in different textures and masalas – you pick what you like – grill and indulge! There’s chicken kebabs, lamb sheekhs, beef kebabs, crab meatballs, fish fillets, prawns, squids – you name it. For the vegetarians, there’s options too – potatoes, paneer, baby corn and other stuff – that I didn’t concentrate on. Bottom line though – a great experience!

 
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Clam Chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf

Clam Chowder at Boudin Bakery

 

This is something that instantly makes my heart jump a beat. I was visiting San Francisco in April this year for work and while I was there, one of my key action items [other than work ;)] were that I had to explore the local cuisine. So me and three of my friends – Manjunath, Vandana and Bhavna went about exploring Pier 39. If you’re in SFO, this is one place you *have* to visit.

On Pier 39, we found the Fisherman’s Wharf where we came across this beautiful bakery called Bistro Boudin. We’d done our homework before coming to this place and as soon as we were there – we knew exactly what we wanted to eat.

Sea food is what we had on mind and to start it off – Clam Chowder! One of the most exquisite dishes I’ve ever had! Clams cooked in a nice thick creamy soup and the best part of it all – it isn’t served in a bowl – instead, its served in bread. Boy o boy – did we enjoy the chowder or what! What’s good though is that chowder is what we started with.  What followed were prawns, crabs and oysters! Yum, nom nom…