How about satay (Indonesian kebabs) accompanied by a mug of beer for dinner? Taj Deccan is organising a first of its kind Satay 'n' Grills Festival, from 12th to 20th April, at Arena, the 24-hour coffee shop. The festival will offer satay in vegetarian and non-vegetarian options from across Indonesia.
Chef Abhijeet Thakre has been specially flown down for the festival. Having worked in all corners of India over 7 years, he's gained expertise in Italian, Indian and Oriental cuisine, and is an authority on Indian street food.
Satay (spelled as 'sate' in both Indonesia and Malaysia, and in the Netherlands) is a dish consisting of chunks or slices of dice-sized meat (chicken, goat, mutton, beef, pork, fish etc.) on bamboo skewers. These are grilled or barbecued over wood or charcoal fire, then served with various spicy seasonings. Satay may have originated in Java or Sumatra in Indonesia, but it is also popular in many other South-East Asian countries. The a la carte menu for the festival will include:
Sate Madura (chicken sate originating from the island of Madura near Java)
Sate Ponorogo (whole sliced chicken satay, originating from Ponorogo, a town in East Java)
Sate Tegal (sate of tender lamb from the city of Tegal)
Sate Lilit (satay variant from Bali, made of minced fish, flavored with coconut)
Sate Ayam (Singaporean chicken sate)
Sate Daging (Indonesian lamb sate)
Sate Udang (Indonesian prawn sate)
Sate Buntul (a speciality beef sate from Solo and Surakarta region of Central Java)
Mushroom Sate (assorted mushrooms and sweet pepper skewers with Thai red curry)
Tofu Sate (tofu chunks marinated with Thai yellow curry)
Cottage Cheese Sate (cottage cheese skewers in Thai Green curry marination)
Fruit Satay (skewered and grilled fruit sate with chocolate sauce)
Sugar Cane And Rice Satay (sticky rice wrapped on sugar cane candy and grilled hot and sweet)
The festival is open for dinner from 7:30pm to 11:30pm. Please contact 6666-3939 for further details.