I am an ardent fan of myriad kinds of Asian cuisines. Thai food is one such gastronomy that I completely relish whenever I have the opportunity to do so. In my opinion, the cuisine’s use of fresh ingredients and spice quotient strikes a chord with the Indian palate. Thus, Sofitel Mumbai BKC in association with the Tourism Authority of Thailand and SO Sofitel Bangkok, is holding ‘Tastes of Thailand’ festival until 5th June, 2016 at its restaurant PONDICHÉRY CAFÉ to cater to Indians’ growing penchant for Thai food.
I was privileged to be part of the opening night of the festival that was inaugurated by Ms. Sirin Surathin - Deputy Consul General and Mr. Biswajit Chakraborty – General Manager, Sofitel Mumbai BKC. An enthralling Thai dance performance in the lobby of the hotel set the tone for the rest of the evening. Pondichéry Café has been magnificently done up in beautiful elements symbolic of Thai culture. Chefs Chitsanuphat Dungjampa and Chalermchai Tavornaroonrat have been specifically flown in from SO Sofitel Bangkok to showcase an array of authentic and sumptuous Thai dishes with ingredients they have especially carried with them from Thailand.
"She may not be a renowned chef, but no one can make your favorite dish better than her. That's the magic of a mother"
I believe a similar sentiment is echoed even by some of the most sought after chefs in the country. Therefore, this Mother's Day, JW Cafe at JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar decided to hold a very special brunch. Chef Prasad Parab, sous chef at the JW Café patiently walked me through how the brunch had been designed for this occasion to showcase some heartwarming recipes from the kitchens of mothers of various chefs employed at the hotel. Therefore, it was indeed a privilege for me to treat my lovely mother to this special Mother’s Day brunch.
The noon of 8th May 2016 began by witnessing a very interesting pizza making workshop for children by Chef Roberto Zorzoli, Head Chef of Romano's restaurant at the hotel. Children as young as 3-4 years of age sprang into action as soon as they arrived to churn out delicious Margherita pizza for their mothers. Surjan Singh Jolly, Director – Food & Beverages at this famed property was present and kept the momentum of the workshop high with his witty and encouraging words for children. In about an hour pizzas were ready in several shapes and sizes. Comprising of a luscious tomato basil sauce and buffalo mozzarella chunks, the pizzas made by the kids under the tutelage of Chef Zorzoli had turned out lip smacking.
Farzi Café, a chic upscale eatery brand from the stable of Massive Restaurants by Zorawar Kalra already having presence in Delhi is debuting today on the Mumbai gourmet scene. Tales of its intriguing gastronomy abound among epicures of Mumbai and it was about time that the brand introduced its fascinating creations to the taste buds of Mumbaikars. So, when EazyDiner, an online platform reputed for curating special dining experiences and helping patrons with reservations to remarkable restaurants offers you a special preview of the Farzi Café in Mumbai, it is an invitation you cannot refuse.
It was a privilege to hear Vir Sanghvi, co-founder and lead critic at EazyDiner talk about this famed café and the experience that awaits scores of gourmands in this city. Zorawar Kalra, the man behind creation of the Farzi Café brand was also present at this preview to familiarize foodies with his notion and vision of creating the Farzi Café. The idea is crystal clear – contemporize the Indian cuisine and also deliver a classy Indian touch to popular Continental delicacies, which have become revered dishes amongst Indians today. The name ‘Farzi’ has been in fact been arrived at to elucidate an “illusion” created with the dishes using molecular gastronomy .The job of executing this enthralling “illusion” with food and beverages in the café has been entrusted to 28-year old Chef Saurabh Udinia.
- Food & travel enthusiast