Oriental Dawn: New Menu Launch at Pan Asian, ITC Sonar
ITC Sonar's Pan Asian, arguably India's finest East Asian restaurant. I was there, as part of the Kolkata Food Bloggers, to sample their new and revised menu launch, which promises to take you on an exotic culinary journey through Pan Asian's new landscape of aromas, textures and flavours.
hao Shao qie zi (Stir fried eggplant with Chinese barbeque sauce) and Lemongrass fish (Thai-style stir-fried fish hinted with lemongrass). Now, I'm allergic to eggplants (the only thing in the planet that I'm allergic to, apart from ilish/hilsa), but the crisp batter looked so inviting that I couldn't help but scrape a little of the batter and pop it into my mouth pushing the mushy eggplant aside. And wasn't it a riot of flavours! My friends and fellow bloggers kept on raving about the dish, and secretly I cursed my allergy that prevented me from enjoying the dish in its totality! But what made up completely for that loss was the Lemongrass Fish. I loved this dish so much so that I don't even remember how the Pineapple and Litchi Blue Curacao Mocktail (that was served at this point) tasted!
fried Bokchoy, Mushroom in Soy Bean sauce, Babycorn with Spicy Tomato Water Chestnut and Onions, Asparagus and garlic-glazed bell peppers, Steamed Prawns and Glass Noodles, Muxu Chicken (Stir-fried sliced chicken with white fungus and cucumber) and Black pepper pork spare ribs, served along with Nasi Goreng ((Malaysian version of famous rice preparation with prawn chicken and dried shrimp paste). My top picks from this lot were the Pork Ribs, cooked to perfection and the Mushrooms, largely because of the hopelessly mushroom-addict that I am! What I did not like, however, was the Prawns and glass noodles dish. Somehow I could taste raw garlic and that kinda put me off a bit. But a minor glitch really, in an otherwise delectable spread.
PS: This was an invited review and the post is completely a personal account of the blogger based on her experience. No monetary compensation was involved.