“What would you like for dinner?” “Not Thai Food.” said no one ever. Thai Food, a robust and flavorsome of all the Asian dishes is a unique mix of sweet, sour and spicy provides a distinctive taste and aroma which differs from the rest. One of the most prestigious hotels, Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore has come up with a smorgasbord straight from Krabi, South Thailand. The event was organized at their restaurant, “The Market”. The Thai food festival showcases the best both during lunch and dinner and one can enjoy this exquisite buffet till 25th September.
The highlight of the show was Chef K Aong from Thailand. She has been showcasing her expertise in Thai cooking at the fine dine restaurant Sri Trang, at Phulay Bay. Her cooking includes traditional methods of Thai cuisine provided a modern setting. Being inspired by her mother, she enjoys Thai cooking keeping the authenticity of her dishes and have been honing her skills in the Ritz-Carlton, Beijing for last 15 years.
The access to the restaurant was by admiring the Thai décor which welcomed throwing into the world of Salads, Satays, Palm Sugar, Galangal and Pad Thai. The design element of the restaurant mesmerized me and most importantly, the reclining Buddha positioned at the middle won my heart. The live counters, open ovens, and an indulgent dessert studio made the restaurant alive with all the flavors of Thailand.
To freshen up, the “Som Tam” (Raw Mango Salad) was the perfect platter to amuse me. My taste buds brighten up by the sweet, tangy and spicy mix of the ingredients. One should taste the Lab Gai (minced chicken balls, fragrant with kaffir lime and mint). The chicken balls were soft and were coated with sesame and broken raw rice delivering a distinctive flavor.
A must taste the “satays”- one can choose their own meat of preference, chicken, beef, and prawns were available. The diced chicken/beef surmounted on bamboo skewers with spicy seasonings tasted heavenly.
The hot soup after a hectic work schedule soothed my mind and body. The tangy and spicy flavors of galangal, chilies, and tomatoes seemed friendly to the palate. The addition of mushrooms and shrimps gave a crunchy bite.
The fried rice or noodles can be tasted with the spread of fish, chicken, beef, tofu, pork and stir-fry vegetables. Thai cuisine won’t be complete without the presentation of “Pad Thai”. The flat noodles tossed with all the fresh ingredients, viz, garlic, ginger, palm sugar tickled the taste buds.
Even though I don’t have a sweet tooth, I enjoyed the Berry cake. It was as smooth as silk and melts in my mouth. There was a huge spread of delicious desserts however if you are a fan of banana and coconut then it’s just the right place. This food festival was closing with a Sunday brunch on 25thof this month.
Venue: The Market, Ritz -Carlton, Bangalore
Price: Lunch at INR1750 plus Taxes
Dinner at INR1850 plus Taxes