Do you know what MTP in coconut milk is and how it affects your cholesterol? And
are you aware of an institute in Chicago that certifies chefs as non-dangerous,
that they don't cook food that can kill you? You would, if you spoke to chef Surasak
Niyomsin for a while. We did, and so we do. We know lots of other things,
too. One of them is the fact that he cooks damn well.
The Pan-Asian Food Festival, on at the Deccan
Pavilion in the ITC
Kakatiya Sheraton, is a feast for all fans of Eastern dishes. There are 48
dishes from those in Niyomsin's repertoire that are going to be served here for
10 days at a stretch, and these include delicacies from such exotic cuisines as
Malaysian, Singapore, Japanese, Vietnamese, Singaporean and, of course, Thai -
that's where Niyomsin hails from!
There are 12 different dishes every lunch and dinner, and so you get to taste
the entire menu if you eat 4 consecutive meals at the place. You also get to take
back a lighter wallet - at Rs. 395 (+ 18% as tax) for the buffet, they're not
doling out largesse here, but then good things come at a price, don't they? BTW,
things are better on the price front on weekends. On Saturdays, for Rs. 445 +
taxes you get unlimited beer and soft drinks along with your food, and on Sundays,
for Rs. 495 + taxes, you get unlimited gin, vodka and rum. So you know which days
At Marco Polo, the bar, Pan-Asian snacks like Po Pi Sod (Chinese), Tod Man Pla
(Thai), Satay Ayam (Malaysian), Tow Hu Tod (Singapore) and Chao Tom (Vietnam)
will be served every evening from 7:30pm.
If you are there, do take some time off to speak to Niyomsin. The genial chef
can tell you lots of tales from his 31 years in cooking in over 20 hotels in more
than a dozen countries.