Are you a Vegetarian or Vegan looking for a Restaurant in Siem Reap Cambodia. Looking for something a little different for dinner?
Freshly made vegan sausages served with creamy French-style mashed potato and dressed salad, a design your own gratin (vegan or with cheese!), and homemade tofu served with Shimeji and Enoki mushrooms are just some of the Creole inspired dishes Georges offers to vegan and vegetarian guests.
Their unique take on French Creole is inspired by Georges’ multicultural background. The flavours of his home on Reunion Island combine with French and Asian influences to create new twists on classic dishes, while remaining an authentic expression of Creole fusion cuisine.
Featuring a stylish, air-conditioned, indoor restaurant and a beautiful terrace garden, Georges Rhumerie offers a casual, yet elegant, dining experience hidden just outside the boisterous city center of Siem Reap.
The family believe a passion for food and excellence in customer service are key to the happiness of our guests. To this end, Georges’ kitchen is hard at work every day crafting infused rum, jams, chilies, chutneys, sausages, foie gras and much more.
We invite you to share that passion, and you may fall in love with Creole cuisine too!
Cambodia’s flavours, fruity and spicy, sweet and sour. Georges Rhumerie is a story about family and the love of cooking. George started a few years ago with ten different recipes of infused rum. His native island, La Reunion inspired the amazing flavours, but each have a Cambodian touch.
In this land bursting with tropical fruits and hot chillies a passion quickly grew. Paired with the need to share a piece of his country Georges was compelled to create a full range of preserves (jams, chutney and chilli pastes) to accompany the infused rums.
The results were delicious so Georges couldn’t be stopped here. Georges Rhumerie production, Show Room, Restaurant & Bar are all experiences that compliment each other, we are a family and we welcome you to our slice of home.
We have fine gifts in the form of our delicious rums and preserves, which come in adorable ethical packaging. You will find the perfect gift to take home to your friends and family. In the spirit of sharing, jams, chutney and chilli pastes are available for free tasting at Georges Rhumerie – Siem Reap.
Home-made RUMS- Based on our old family recipe from La Reunion Island we enhance the flavour by adding locally grown Cambodian fruits and few family secrets! All of our rums are expertly matured for a minimum of 6 months and come in 10 exotic and exciting flavours. From the fiery to the fresh, we will have the flavour for you.
CHUTNEY- An Indian inspiration, we have enhanced this cultural favourite with the addition of Cambodian fruits. We highly recommend our chutney flavours (including papaya, pineapple and mango) to accompany almost any fish or meat meal.
JAM- Cambodia has an abundance of wonderful tropical. Georges didn’t miss a chance to use them wisely our jam collection. We would like to introduce you to the best jam flavours you will ever taste: sweet papaya, tasty mango, yummy coco-pineapple, glorious mango-passion fruit, bitter sweet orange and smooth pineapple.
CHILI PASTE- Cambodia and chilli go together like lemongrass and ginger…a match made in flavour heaven! Cambodian’s like it hot!! Georges has reinvented this Asian favourite and created 3 distinctive flavours. We offer a hot red chilli, a milder green chilli and an exotic red chilli with pineapple combination fantastic to marinate chicken in before a barbecue.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. -10pm Closed on Sundays P. +855(0)9 68 61 74 48 Address: Georges Rhumerie Georges’ Ln Krong Siem Reap Siem Reap, Siemreab-Otdar Meanchey, Cambodia
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I have heard this saying many times “Everyone would be healthier if they didn’t eat junk food”. But if I say now your Junk food has become healthy food… yes you read it right. We have half way in 2017 and TJ’s Brew Works is celebrating its 5th year, this July. The last 5 years have been enriching for TJ’s Brew Works, as it has also been responsible for brewing memories in many lives. In an endeavour to make healthy choices, TJ’s is tweaking and twisting the existing menu to incorporate spent grain dishes, a treasure trove of goodness, nutrition, taste and health. Spent grain is super rich in protein, fibre content and macronutrients.
TJ Venkateshwaran,fondly known as TJ, founder TJ’s Brew Works and partner Girish Moniemet sometime back, and in a casual conversation discovered they shared similar ideologies while they were independently experimenting and innovating with healthy food choices in life. This resulted in a new collaboration where the duo decided to pursue their passions under the same roof with an already established commercial entity at TJ’s Brew Works.
Now Girish takes care of the Kitchen and TJ is taking care of the brewery.
TJ has introduced two new variants of Beer – TJ’s Quin B and TJ’s Buck B, made from super seeds Quinoa and Buckwheat respectively. TJ’s Brew Works wanted to give a new twist to the way people have always perceived these super foods, by introducing the two new beers that are Belly Good! Beer per se made from barley is the healthiest alcoholic beverage since it is natural. By replacing some proportions of barley with Quinoa or Buckwheat, the goodness of these seeds and health benefits of these ingredients now augment the beers without taking the essence out of the beer. Sounds healthy right!! And the healthy Saga continues in the food as well.
Nudo Pizzas at TJ’s Brew Works is another food revolution, with the introduction of Gluten Free, Grain Free and Guilt-Free Pizzas by Nudo Pizzeria Al Naturale,the brainchild of Girish Monie. Nudo pizzas are made with interesting Superfoods in their 5 Crusts; Almond, Buckwheat, Quinoa, Amaranth and Waterchestnut, Cauliflower and Whey Protein, with unusual sauces such as their Classic Red Tomato Marinara, Roasted Garlic White Sauce and Almond and Pine Nut with Basil – Green Pesto. From its Signature list; Nude Farm Veg, is a Quinoa Crust Pizza with a Roasted Garlic White Sauce, Nudo Pepperoni, made with Amaranth Crust and Classic Red Tomato Marinara Sauce are some of the Nudo pizzas that are good for you and taste divine. Girish takes immense pleasure to introduce Nudo Pizzeria by giving indepth knowledge of how he achieved the perfect receipe of converting the Pizza as a Healthy pizza. These are some of his view about the same “NUDO lies skin deep. Nudo is a way of life imbibed into a culinary innovation. It roots for foods with innate goodness, stripped of any artificiality whatsoever. We have foregone grains in a bid to make it completely Gluten-Free. Nudo is all about Whole Foods, Real Foods, Super Foods.”
That’s so much of good food yet be eaten!!! Lets try out some of it.
We started the evening with the TJ’s new Brew Quin B and Buck B along with Beer infused Beer Cheese Soup.
I personally like the taste of Buck B more as it was more closer to the beer which gave a slight bitter after taste. As Quin B was on the milder side but it was refreshing in taste.
Next one was the nice colourful very well plated Russian Olivie Salad-This was with Pineapple, Beetroot, Peas, Sweet Potato and Carrots Yumm!!
Soup: Beer Cheese Soup : Nice Warm and cheesy with a hint of beer flavour. The thickness was also good.
They served us 2 veg and 2 non-veg Appetizers: Dark Malt Bao and TJ’s Spent Grain Pelmeni- As I earlier mentioned that Spent grain is the residue left over after the liquid is extracted from the malt during the brewing process. This residue is very healthy, super rich in protein, fibre content and a lot of macronutrients… which makes the Bao so delicious, that you just can’t have just one!! nice soft and juicy with Tofu filling inside with the tangy sauce. #Musthave
TJ’s Spent Grain Pelmeni- The Pelmeni are dumplings consisting of a filling wrapped in thin, unleavened dough. Its origin is from Siberia and it has its own variants in different cuisine in nearby countries. The Pelmeni which was served to us was bit greasy and chewy outer cover.
Mini Burgers (Cottage Cheese)- Burger patty was Juicy with soft and marinated cottage cheese with full of taste. As it was a Mini Burger you could finish at least two of them.
Spinach Wrap: Came in two variants Crispy Mushroom and Paneer Bhuna. Both the wraps were so beautifully placed on the plate, and they were huge, which is a good portion size for two. Taste wise I found Paneer Bhuna more flavorful. The Contrast color of chunky Paneer and the green wrap stands out the most of all the dishes.
Pizza:All the pizza crust are healthy and these are made from Buckwheat, Quinoa, Amaranth – Water chestnut, Almond, Cauliflower and Whey Protein. All the crust made on a daily basis and kept frozen. As of now they have 13′ inches pizza, but soon they will be introducing it other sizes as well.
The Pizza we tried were Buckwheat base Farm Veg, Amaranth Base Not Guilty Pizza, and Quinoa Base Margaritta. All the pizza had a very distinct taste of it own but never missed the White Flour taste, Infact these were more tasty and filling. Many of their toppings were organically grown and imported with a country specific. You can even make your own pizza and choose your toppings like Zucchini, Artichokes, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onions and so on. The guilt free part of the eating these pizza is that they make you full without harming your metabolism.
Caramalt Cookie Sandwich and Nudo Grain Free Brownie: warm and Chewy cookie with Vanilla Ice-cream with Soft and warm Brownie which had natural sweetners added.
Vegan Masala Pan Kulfi: A innovative dessert tried to replicate the taste of the regular masala pan flavor infused in a Kulfi form which is served on the gulkand stuffed roll of a pan.
This was the most guilt free food tasting I ever attended.
A big shout out to Svetlana for the Invitation and TJ Venkateshwaranof TJ’s and Girishfrom Nudo Pizzeria for Hosting us and introducing us to the healthy eating/drinking can be Delicious as well!!!
Address: East Block, Amanora Town Centre, Hadapsar Kharadi Bypass, Hadapsar, Pune.
Contact: 020 30163544.
Timings: 12 PM to 1 AM Parking: Mall Parking
Disclaimer: I was invited for a complimentary food tasting event. This blog is a narrative of my experience at the event. These are my views that I have expressed in the blog. Others are most welcome to agree or disagree with the same. The blog is not personally or commercially influenced. I have not lifted, copied or plagiarised it from any source either. However, I have done my due diligence via publicly available information on the internet and as shared by the client/PR agency
Good Drop Wine Cellars is a specialist sparkling wine producer. Founded in 2009 by chartered accountant turned winemaker Ashwin Rodrigueswho learned his craft in the Barossa Valley, Australia, our objective is be at the forefront of the Indian wine revolution. We do this by offering quality and value wines, tailor-made for the Indian wine drinker. We got off the blocks in 2010 by using contract winemaking facilities in Nashik, Maharashtra. Our own sprawling state-of-the-art winery was set up in 2013 at the Vinchur Wine Park, Nashik, Maharashtra. Our wines are available in Maharashtra and Goa and will be steadily expanding to new markets.
Ashwin Rodrigues -A founder of Good Drop Wine Cellars
At Good Drop we believe that India has tremendous potential to be a quality producer of wines. The world is sitting up and taking note as more and more serious drops come out of India. We see ourselves as the harbingers of this revolution. However if the base of the industry has to grow we need to make not just high-end wines but quality and affordable wines that are suitable for the local palate. Good Drop does exactly that and with a swirl of innovation. Rio has taken wine to the masses by making it a fun beverage at under a hundred rupees a pop. Our competitively priced Casablanca is India’s only Charmat method premium sparkling wine. It won the Indian Consumer Choice Awards 2015, a testament to our listening to our consumer’s needs. More recently we have acquired Good Earth Wines the brand as part of our strategy to be a complete wine producer. I’m happy that we’re on course to fulfill our vision of seeing India as a wine drinking and producing country, one glass at a time.
A winery is the heart of a wine producer. In 2013 Good Drop Wine Cellars set up one of India’s most innovative wineries in Vinchur Wine Park, Nasik, designed for especially for sparkling wine production. A sprawling facility, it has a current tank capacity of 550,000 litres extendable to 2 million litres within the existing building. The entire building is a pre-fabricated structure using sandwich PUF panels, a first in India. The machinery is largely imported from Italy. The winery is equipped with a range of pressure vessels especially for Charmat, a method of sparkling wine production.
I was Invited for the Tasting of their beautiful Sparkling Wines and Rio Spritzers at Zodiac 24hrs Astral Coffee Shop in Fortune Select Dasve Lavasa.
There was huge array of Saturday Bubbly Brunch right from the live counters, Fresh Salads, Starters, Mains and Delicious Desserts. You need to have huge appetite to taste all of these along with the Bubbly Wines.
Good Drop Wines had two variants of wines to offer: Rose Spumante and Vino Spumante.
What are Spumante Wines: It is also called Asti or Asti Spumante It’s made from the Moscato Bianco grape. Frizzante and Spumanteare two wine words most associated with sparkling wine.
Both frizzante and spumante describe the level of effervescence (i.e. the strength of the bubbles) in a bottle of sparkling wine. Wines labeled ‘frizzante’ are what we call gently sparkling, while wines labeled ‘spumante’ are more effervescent and fully sparkling.
The carbonation in sparkling wine is created using one of two methods: Méthode Champenoise (Champagne method) or Metodo Italiano, which is also known as the Charmat-Martinotti method.
Good Drop Wines is made from the Charmat Martinotti Method. They are sweet and quite bubbly which you can feel it with every sip. My personal favourite is Vino Spumante – Its Sweet Mild and Bubbly. On the other hand Rose was bit Dry for me, it retained a slight sweetness although it’s not sugary sweet.
Next one in the line up was the Rio Spritzers- There were three flavours, out of which I could try two only. Lemon & Passion and the other one was Orange & Pineapple.
Rio- First Fizzy Wine in India to be packaged in affordable party drink with a pull-off cap.
I loved the Tangy and Refreshing Lemon & Passion Rio Spritzer. This was the Best ever combination till now I had in Alcoholic based Fruit flavour Drinks. All the Spritzers contains 8% v/v Alcohol.
Orange and Pineapple– This had Tangy and slight after taste of sweetness with every sip. Nice palish in colour.
Bubbly Brunch: As I mentioned earlier that the buffet spread was huge and one should have a good appetite for it. As per the brand standard the quality of the food was really good. The Staff is courteous and happy to help.
The Bubbly brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 pm – 03:30 pm along with free flowing of sparkling wine.
A big shout out for Anupama for the invitation and Thanks you Team Zodiac for hosting us.
Wonderchef Inaugurates its 1st Exclusive Brand Outlet in Pune.
Pune outlet is the 6th exclusive brand outlet of Wonderchef in India
Company to open 25 more retail outlets in India by FY 17-18
Pune, 30th July 2017: India’s prestigious brand for innovative and healthy Cookware & Appliances – Wonderchef, promoted by Ravi Saxena and Celebrity Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, has launched its First Exclusive Brand Outlet (EBO) in Pune. The Outlet is located at Pune’s most premium Mall, Phoenix Marketcity, Viman Nagar. With this addition, now Wonderchef has 6 outlets in the country besides its omni-channel presence across 5000 retail outlets. The store launch was graced by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, Mr. Ravi Saxena (MD, Wonderchef) and Ms. Mukti (Marketing Head) and other prominent personalities of the city.
Wonderchef, a 200 Crore company, offers a wide range of premium cookware and appliances across the country through its multi-channel sales (E-commerce, Modern Trade, EBO, Teleshopping, General Trade outlets) and Direct to Home network (which engages more than 50,000 women). Wonderchef promises you to enjoy the world class easy-to-use healthy kitchenware, specially crafted by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.
On the launch occasion, Mr. Ravi Saxena, Managing Director, Wonderchef Home Appliances (P) Ltd said, “Wonderchef has grown into a trusted & the most loved brand of non-stick cookware and healthy appliances in the country. Our clear focus is to strengthen this positioning. Everything we would do over the next three years would be in this direction till such time we are one of the top 3 players in kitchenware industry in India. As of now we have total 6 EBOs and we plan to open 2 more stores in Delhi and 1 in Bangalore by next month. Soon we are going to be present across Metros with partners who are passionate about cooking and want to be a part of the growing Wonderchef family”, he added.
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor launched the Outlet amongst a huge gathering and a Live Cooking Competition was the highlight of the launch. Chef Sanjeev Kapoorjudged the recipes and gave away prizes. He said“I am very happy and overwhelmed to see the enthusiasm and zeal in the people of Pune. It gives me immense pleasure to see an evolving cooking culture with such innovative recipes. Wonderchef is committed to empowering women by enabling them to cook better. “
Wonderchef stores in Mumbai are located at Linking Road (Khar), Infiniti Mall (Andheri West), Viviana Mall (Thane), R-City Mall (Ghatkopar), Seawoods Mall (Vashi) and now at Phoenix Marketcity (Pune).
About Wonderchef Home Appliances (P) Ltd
Wonderchef Kitchenware as a company was born out of the ‘love of cooking’. Driven by passion of making Kitchen the Centre of wellness and goodness in homes, Wonderchef was created by two enthusiasts, Mr. Ravi Saxena and Chef Sanjeev Kapoor in 2009. They believed in kitchen being the ‘heart of our home’, as it inspires us every day to create lasting memories with the food we cook for our loved ones. This is why the entire range of Wonderchef Cookware and Appliances is a perfect blend of health, taste and convenience that inspires us to ‘cook with pride’. Wonderchef products are used in millions of homes in India where healthy and convenient cooking is a part of lifestyle.
These premium cookware and appliances are a pleasure to use, are innovative, have attractive colors and designs, and adhere to uncompromising standards of quality. Wonderchef constantly endeavors to create modern solutions for today’s woman, making it the ‘most loved Kitchenware Company’ in India.
Thank you Abhishek for the invite of the Launch. It was a dream come true to meet the Chef personally.
Rajasthan- Land of Kings. Rajasthani Food Festival @Orchid Hotel Balewadi.
You will get the feel of the richness right from the entry when you arrive, you will be welcome with a tilak and offered with the Rajawadi Lassi loaded with Dryfruits. Then you enter through the replica of the Jaipur’s Famous Hawa Mahal. The staff is dressed in Rajasthani attire will welcome with Ram Ram Sa or Khamma Gani – A traditional way of welcoming the guest. The Boulevard is decorated with the Rajasthani artefacts and they also have traditional seating arrangement.
Coming to the Food: The Buffet spread is as usual is huge. They have three types of Dal Baatis, Seven types of traditional subzi, Ten mouth watering desserts, four types of appetisers, live counter of Chaat and Pani Puri along with Golawala, Salads and Soups. This is a huge spread!!!
Things I tried: All the Dal Baati’s with the Panchmel Dal: Very Nicely prepared soaked in ghee, with Richness overloaded!! Gatte ki subji was perfectly cooked, with right amount of sourness.
I just skipped the regular subzi’s to keep up some space for the Desserts.
In between I also tried some of the Chaats like Papadi Chaat, Kachori Chaat, Pani Puri. all were the winners!!
To end the mains I tried the Khichadi Kadhi- Hot Kadhi and soothing Khichadi completed the meal.
Churma: This was nice moist and aptly sweet, and it was a perfectly going with Panchmel Dal and Baati.
Churma Ladoo: The Churma was nicely roasted and added some dryfruits to it.
Malpua: It was bit dry, so gave a skip.
Other desserts were Imarti, Mawa Kachori a sweeter version of the Kachori with dryfruits, and some fusion desserts like Churma Mousse, Jalebi Rabadi Pie, Rasmalai.
Moong Dal Halwa- Graciously loaded with ghee and dryfruits.
Overall: This was a very unique experience of the rich culture of the Rajasthan. Rest Drool over the Pictures!!
A big Shout out to Neha for the Invitation and Team Orchid (Boulevard) for hosting us.
Important things to be noted: Date of Festival: Its a ongoing till 6th of August. Price : 1050/- (Its a Pure Vegetarian Festival) Timings- 12.30 to 3.00 PM & 7 to 11 PM, Sunday Brunch- 12 to 4 PM
The famous chain of restaurant Sheesha has recently opened its doors at Ishanya Mall which happens to be buzzing place especially since the 500m Rule has been applicable. In recent months we have seen many Brands of Bars and Eateries have bloomed up. Sheesha has placed on a roof top of the Ishanya mall (It has a temporary covered for the rains)
SHEESHA is an restaurant serving authentic North Indian Cuisine especially Awadhi and Muglai Cuisine. Menu is filled with exquisite and carefully selected dishes which are subtle yet daring. Only restaurant in Pune to introduce Nawabs of Awadh for their love of music, dance, of epicurean delights and of grand gestures. And the good news is that they have Sheesha with many flavours to choose from. Talking about their Food they try new and old recipe, experimenting and innovating to keep up with the race. Internationally acclaimed, EX-ITC Chef Kader Khan founding partner of sheesha all the way from Lucknow brings you the different taste of flame whose experience has crossed a silver jubilee in making 386 different kinds of only kebabs.
I was the part of First Bloggers table held at Sheesha Pune.
Ambience: Restaurant have huge space. They have three option of sitting the regular Tables and chairs, second one is the cabana style sitting for small group or family and the Round table with separate area.
As we settled down, we started with some mocktails followed by the starters to cool down ourselves.
Soup: Tomato Sorba: Basic Tomato shorba nothing fancy about it.
Cheese Corn Kurkure: Deep fried stuffed with googy cheese and corn was good to start with. The cover was enough crunchy to hold the cheese and with the first bite the cheese was oozing out.
Makai Malai Seekh Kebab: This starter was served on a sizzling hot plate. Nice and mouth melting Keba, distinct in taste and aroma.
Paneer Shashlik: Again this was served on the sizzling plate. Flavoursome Paneer mixed with roughly chopped vegetables which were tossed in a tangy tomato base puree, this give a nice colourful presentation.
Baby Corn Amritsari: Deep fried Baby corns in Amritsari species. I my opinion
it was bit over fried which tend to lose the tenderness of the babycorn.
There was huge spread from we had to choose, which made our task bit difficult. The main course was much better than starters.
Tawa Sabz Banjara: This was the winner of evening. Perfect in taste, Spiciness, rich in aroma, roughly chopped vegetables served in a flat tawa style plate. This goes will with Butter Garlic Naan.
Dum Aloo Nawabi: As the name suggest, Soft Dryfruits stuffed dum aloo cooked in Cashew gravy and cooked in rich creamy gravy to get the perfect consistency.
Dal Bukhara: One of the best dal in the town, slow cooked for hours to get the thickness without adding any thickening agent which can be felt right from the first bite. This goes well with Kadak Roti and Jeera rice.
Veg Biryani: Moist, Flavourful, rich in aroma, perfectly cooked with equal amount of spice.Vegetables were perfectly cooked and chunky. No issues at all.
Avadhi Lasooni Kheer: This was something unusual in the dessert section so we ordered that. Basically it was Kheer with very finely chopped garlic mixed with the kheer. If you don’t like garlic’s after taste, then this dessert is not ment for you. It’s different and unique.
Gulab Jamun: Small in size soft and dipped in sugar syrup.
Overall a good experience apart from some teething issues. And of course they serve different flavours of Sheesha and they have weekly Sufi nights to enjoy along with good food.
A Big shout out for the Shivangi from Carpe Diemfor invitation and Team Sheeshafor hosting us.
Ishanya Mall, Arced 5, Terrace, Opposite Golf Course, Off Airport Road, Yerawada, Pune
I was for a complimentary food tasting event. This blog is a narrative of my experience at the event. These are my views that I have expressed in the blog. Others are most welcome to agree or disagree with the same.
The blog is not personally or commercially influenced. I have not lifted, copied or plagiarized it from any source either. However, I have done my due diligence via publicly available information on the internet and as shared by the client/PR agency.
Lets paint the town #Black. Black is always associates with authoritative and powerful so as this place is, COCO is uber and upscale place to be. This place is here to revamp the nightlife scene of Pune. Lets get more details about this.
Pune’s nightlife space has changed, as the city gets its first ever members only lounge, COCO Sushi & Bar. Located in the heart of the city, on the 12th floor of Onyx towers, the 180-degree view from COCO is mesmerising. The concept is by Kunal Mhaske, a well-known restaurateur in Pune, who already has successfully established brands like Raasta Café & Penthouze in the city. A perfect place to party with like-minded people or to wine and dine with your near and dear ones, COCO strives to bring back the long-lost nightlife culture Pune had a few years back and be the go to place to unwind and celebrate with its close knit social circle. It’s a space where the crème de la crème meet, bond, dine, party, network with each other and have a good time being in their comfort zone with familiar faces around. The lounge is spread across 3000 sq. ft and seats 70 guests. The interiors of COCO can be best described as classy, chic with a dark ambiance, starry lights running along the length of the club and the ceiling donned with stylish chandeliers that further add to the exclusivity and luxury of the space. There are comfortable couches, high tables & chairs, a private dining area for guests and two outdoor spaces on its either side overlooking the vast expanse of the city. The highlight of the lounge is COCO’s logo, which is the bee mounted on the central pillar and etched in golden on the tables. The cuisine at COCO is Asian and has a delectable range of bar bites and appetizers. Chef Jugal Pradhan, Consulting Chef at COCO is at the helm of the kitchen. Chef Jugal born in Darjeeling, his journey through the mountainous ranges all the way to Tengra, gave him an insight to the surreal flavors. He draws his inspiration for cooking in his early years from his grandmother. Soon enough he went on to travel the orient, to Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. He has worked in the Pan Asian Kitchen in Chiang Mai, Thailand; The Chinese Room, Kolkata, Nobu in Monte Carlo, Hakkasan and Yauatcha in Mumbai. Chef Jugal says “The menu will be extensively sushi based, which denotes a generic term for all or any appetizers at COCO. Right from the soups, salads, dimsums, dumplings, nigiris, sashimis, the portions are customized to individual servings and to offer a variety.” Some of the signature appetizers are a variety of sushi rolls, the Beijing Duck Thong Soup, Smoked Edamame Dumplings, Roast Duck with Ponzu, Lemongrass Fish Cakes, the Dynamite Shrimps, Banana Leaf Wrapped chicken, a variety of ramens, to name a few. The thought behind keeping the menu only Asian, is that Asian flavours are sharp and apt for the Indian palate. Also, the dessert menu has been curated with attention to details and has very unusual combinations like Wildflower Honey Pannacotta, Wasabi Ice Cream, and the Smoked Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake, that would be a perfect end to the sumptuous Asian meal. The eclectic bar experience with premium liquor and interesting cocktails such as Black Irish, Sleeping Volcano, Bloody Maria, Old Samurai’s Mojito, Dragon’s Nest Caprioska, Spiced Rum Fig Sour, and Japanese whiskies like Hibiki & Kawasaki Whisky, add to the top notch and classy vibe at COCO Sushi & Bar. Speaking on the members only lounge concept, founder Kunal Mhaske says, “I always wanted to have a private space for my social circle, where people could just come and have fun without worrying about their security and enjoy themselves thoroughly with familiar faces around. Moreover, a classy place where guests would want to make that extra effort to dress up and come to party”. COCO opened to its exclusive members on 21st April 2017, Friday with its flagship property “Black Friday”, an energetic, fun party to bring in and celebrate the weekend. COCO Sushi & Bar will be open for dining on all evenings of the week except Mondays while the club nights will be on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11:30 pm onward. Members can make reservations for their guests for dining from their registered mobile number, but will need to accompany the guests for club nights.
Brief History about Sushi: The original form of sushi first came to Japan from Southeast Asia around 2000 years ago. The form of Sushi we know today came into being around the 8th century. Fish was salted and wrapped in fermented rice, a traditional lacto-fermented rice dish. Narezushi was made of this gutted fish which was stored in fermented rice for months at a time for preservation. The fermentation of the rice prevented the fish from spoiling. The fermented rice was discarded and fish was the only part consumed. This early type of sushi became an important source of protein for the Japanese.
I was invited for the Food Tasting of their exclusive Asian menu.
California Sushi Roll: As one of the recommended dish of the restaurant, for any sushi lover this will steal your heart.This sushi is made inside-out with perfectly cooked rice, stuffing and it was nicely plated. California Sushi Roll one of the most popular styles of sushi in the US market, the California roll has been influential in sushi’s global popularity and in inspiring sushi chefs around the world in creating their non-traditional fusion cuisine. Tōgarashi is Japanese for genus Capsicum, or specifically the species Capsicum annuum, and commonly translated as chili pepper. Gari is a type of tsukemono (pickled vegetables). It is sweet, thinly sliced young ginger that has been marinated in a solution of sugar and vinegar. Young ginger is generally preferred for gari because of its tender and natural sweetness. Gari is often served and eaten after sushi, and is sometimes called sushi ginger. It is considered to be essential in the presentation of sushi. It is used to cleanse the palate between eating different pieces of sushi, or alternatively before or after the meal.
Wild Mushroom Sushi: Tender shredded mushroom rolled up in sushi rice served with Tōgarashi and Gari perfectly made. Strong flavour of Tōgarashi made this sushi outstanding.
Miso Shiro: A delicate Miso broth with wakame, it’s a sea vegetable, or edible seaweed. It has a subtly sweet flavour and is most often served in soups and salads. It’s known for its health benefits. Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji. Generally miso is salty, but its flavour and aroma depend on various factors in the ingredients and fermentation process. Overall a tasty and warm soup with loaded health benefits.
Sam Tom Salad: This is a classic Thai favourite salad made of raw shredded papaya, Beans, Cherry Tomatoes and garnished with crushed nuts. Perfect taste of sweet and sour.
Crispy Lotus Stem: If the restaurant is serving Asian cuisine then this appetiser has to be in the menu. Honey glazed crispy lotus stem with sweet chilly made this dish one of the favourite on the table.
Edamame & Truffle oil Dumplings: When dumpling container arrived and when it was opened these cute little dumplings made every one say wow!! These little ones wrapped around with the thin cover giving a polished light green in colour. Edamame is a preparation of immature soybeans in the pod, found in cuisines with origins from East Asia. Texture was shiny, smooth and delicate.
Spicy Broccoli Dumpling: Again golden little pouch shape dumplings with a crushed broccoli stuffing was perfectly soft. Although its named as spicy Dumpling but wasn’t at all spicy.
Tempura Vegetable: Crispy deep fried vegetables. Basically Tempura is a classical Portuguese dish brought to and popularised by Japan, consisting of seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep fried.
Rock Corn Dynamite: One of the fancy looking dish where in the fried corn balls were placed on a vertical arrows and served with their homemade dynamite sauce.
Golden Silken Tofu with Ponzu: Special mention to the tofu, it was silk soft, mouth melting tofu I have every eaten, absolutely delicious dish. It was tossed in homemade Ponzu sauce which is a citrus-based sauce commonly used in Japanese cuisine. It is tart, with a thin, watery consistency and a dark brown colour. This was served with Japanese rice.
Smoked Chocolate Mousse cake: Anything of chocolate is always good!! beautifully plated, good amount of chocolate with the balanced taste of bitterness and sweetness.
Honey Panacotta: This was much talked about dessert of the COCO. Panacotta was melting in mouth with good amount to sweetness.
Tender Coconut Mousse: Nice looking dessert but taste wise it was somewhat sourish so did’t go ahead and spoons were down.
***Thank you Svetlana from Carpe Diem for Invite and Team COCO Pune for Hosting us. ***