He’s done it again. Three times in a row. Put Indian food on top of Asia’s most prestigious and coveted Oscars of food list. Our very own Kolkatta born, innovative, exuberant and affectionate Gaggan Anand’s Bangkok based restaurant was crowned Asias best at a glittering ceremony of Asias 50 best restaurant awards. He along with his partner Rajesh Kewalramani received the award amongst thunderous applause from the crème de la crème of the food world.
Driving these awards and making them into a high-octane international influential force is the London based dynamic dreamteam of Charles Reed, Helene Peitrini, Tim Brooke Webb and William Drew. Asias 50 best is not just an influential list-maker but also tastemaker. Riveting talks and cooking sessions were held, talented Chef Manish Mehrotra conducted both to packed houses. He did India proud as his Indian Accent was crowned “India’s best restaurant”. And from Mumbai the gifted Chef Sachin Poojary received the award for the exquisite Japanese Wasabi. Srilanka’s best restaurant “Ministry of Crab’s” multi-talented Dharshan Munidasa also received an award for his superlative Nihon Bashi. Its wonderful to be here in Bangkok, dining with and applauding Asia’s most brilliant chefs. And our very own Indian tops the list. again. Jai ho!
Missile pao, Pasta nashta, Mr Aloowalia…serving all this and more is one more restaurant which joins the new Tsunami of “Modern Indian” restaurants sweeping Mumbai. We check it out to find out which of it’s names it lives upto “Hitchki” as in the hiccup which connotes that some one is remembering or thinking of you? Or “hitchki” as in the hiccup, the glitch? the setback? Impediment? It turns out to be the first. Happily.
Read my detailed review on http://www.whatshot.in/mumbai/critic-review-hitchki-plays-with-indian-flavours/C2722
I am feasting non-stop. And I’m on a “controlled diet” in a state of the art wellness clinic in the stunningly beautiful Spanish Mediteranean coast. Not only is the food delicious and views delectable but I’m also devouring facts about food at a rapid pace.
Ancient wisdom is tangoing with the most advanced western techniques. Here in the globally acknowledged SHA wellness clinic, nutrition and natural methods are the core. Healthy-Ageing and non-invasive Aesthetic Medicine completes this well-being of the mind and the body of the SHA method.
How amazing is this? SHA ‘s healthy and therapeutic menu was awarded the Millesime ́s highest recognition for the Best Gastronomic Trend Grand. Healthy can be gourmet and this propelled me to take cooking lessons in their Mediterranean and Japanese Macrobiotic traditions.
The SHA food pyramid upholds the recommendations from the World Health Organisation
Driving this award winning wellness clinic is the Battaler family, Not only did the father Alfredo Battaler set up this clinic because he found a natural and unique solution to his life threatening health problems but his three sons take an equally passionate interest in it. I’m thrilled to meet the dapper Alfredo Bataller Pineda and watch chefs Andres Moran and Carlos Garcia in action. I also attend a chefs studio class and get the recipe of the unique gluten free, sugar free, dairy free carrot cake which also has ginger and turmeric and lemon. Should you want the recipe please tweet Instagram @rashmiudaysingh email me firstname.lastname@example.org
A couple of weeks ago, I chanced upon such a highly enjoyable, moderately priced restaurant. We drove to India Bistro in Chembur and I’m happy to report that the experience was enjoyable on almost every count.
Read my detailed review on http://www.whatshot.in/mumbai/critics-review-india-bistro-is-for-the-modern-indian/C2681
East is meeting West. Ancient wisdom is tangoing with the most advanced western techniques. Here in the globally acknowledged wellness clinic (aptly called SHA, which means luminosity or king of kings in Arabic) nutrition and natural methods form the core of the fabulous SHA Method. Healthy-Ageing and non-invasive Aesthetic Medicine completes this well-being of the mind and the body.
Here, I am feasting on the amazing food, the knowledge and the brilliant sunshine and views. SHA wellness clinic sits like royalty on a beautiful Spanish mountainside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, part of the Sierra Helada Natural Park, by the picturesque ancient town of Villa de Altea. This mild micro-climate of the area guarantees fantastic temperatures all year around, the area recognized by the World Health Organization as having one of the World‟s best climates, this in itself being an important factor for the maintenance of optimum health.
Turn your stumbling blocks into stumbling stones seems to be the life mantra of the dapper and dynamic Alfredo Bataller Parietti. He suffered from serious life threatening health problems for over thirty years. He was lucky enough to meet a doctor who was a leading expert in nutrition and natural therapies, who is now a member of SHA medical team. Mr Bataller experienced the body’s auto-healing power through a natural diet and natural therapies, And so was born his desire to share this knowledge and well-being and health. And SHA wellness was set up in the very location of their family home.This is how SHA Wellness Clinic was born. The SHA Method combines the effective elements of healthy nutrition and the curative powers of natural therapies with SHA Academy, a dynamic and practical programme of educational activities.
How amazing is this? SHA ‘s healthy and therapeutic menu was awarded the Millesime ́s highest recognition for the Best Gastronomic Trend Grand of 2009 and a Sun in the Repsol Guide 2011. Healthy can be gourmet and this propelled me to take cooking lessons and learn more about it. SHA‟s main restaurant, SHAMADI, offers the most select modern cuisine, fusing Mediterranean and Japanese Macrobiotic traditions, and always prepared with natural organic ingredients.
The SHA food pyramid upholds the recommendations from the World Health Organisation and to a great extent it is in line with what the Harvard University of Medicine proposed as being the most suitable diet for humans.
Interestingly, the philosophy of macrobiotics goes back 1000s of years; and here they combine it with the Mediterranean Diet too. Most of the foods used at SHA have also been eaten by the world’s most healthy and long standing cultures including China, Japan, India, Middle East and the Mediterranean. SHA offers wholesome, honest food, grains, beans, vegetables, sea vegetables, nuts, and seeds,plus various seasonings, herbs, sugar-free desserts and fish. Most of the foods are living, local, organic, and seasonal which means they are full of energy, nutrition, and antioxidants. They help to keep us young and vital. And chef Andres Moran, the patisseur extraordinaire’s desserts, be it the gianduja, the tiramisu, chocolate mousse dazzle with their taste and nutrition.
GLUTENFREE, SUGARFREE, DAIRYFREE CARROT CAKE
Here im learning at a rapid pace, attending talks, yoga, tai-chi, chi-kung, relaxation, breathing and laughter therapy and take a lesson in cooking at the Chefs studio. Chef Raquel Rocha shows me a step by step method to bake a gluten free, sugar free, dairy free carrot cake. It also has ginger and curcumin (turmeric) and lemon zest. Its yum.
Ingredients for cake 12g Arrow root,130g Corn flour. 85g Rice flavor, 4g Bicarbonate
10g Baking powder.2g Salt
2g Ginger zest, 5g Lemon zest 3g Cinnamon powder.250g Agave syrup
100g Sunflower oil.150g Rice cream
300g Zest of carrot
Mix all ingredients, the liquids first and then mix in the dry ones. Put this batter in a cake tray in the oven for 30min in the temperature 160oC.
Ingredients for cream
800g Coconut milk,200g Rice syrup
15g Cinnamon sticks,15g Orange zest
1gr Curcuma, 8g Agar agar
Mix all ingredients and warm till boiling. Cover the pot and leave for 10min to infuse. Run through the strainer and leave for cooling.
Blend till reach creamy and smooth texture and layer onto the cake. Decorate with carrot crisps (optional) and edible flowers (optional).
Foodies, here’s news for you. Zuma, the award-winning world renowned and my favourite contemporary Japanese Izakaya restaurant rocks in over ten cities, but what a happy surprise to find Arjun Waney’s highoctane restaurant on the beach in Phuket. Zuma is making waves (literally, too) in the superluxurious Anantara Layan. And last week in Phuket, I got to know about it, thanks to the dynamic Fred Varnier and got a taste of Chef Wingtam’s rendering of Zuma signature dishes. Miso black cod, spicy beef tenderloin with sesame to the yellowtail with ponzu.The fresh sea breeze added even more punch to Zuma’s zest. Cheers!
What you see in the photograph is a live wheat bread (decorated with leaves and tree branches) and it was cooked over hot stone on our table. And it yielded two most delicious warm, slightly chewy bread balls, we devoured with butter covered with black olive powder and green moss.
This was just the beginning of Michelin starred Maestro Yoshihiro Narisawa’s magic. “Essence Of the forest” and a parade of dishes inspired and dedicated to nature follow. Dining at the Best of the best, taking an hours bullet train ride (from Tokyo)to stay at the exquisite traditional Japanese Ryokan (inn) San Jyuan thanks to Chef Munidasa are some of the highlights.
In Kyoto, I bow in Reverence at the Buddhist temples, wear the Formal “Furisode” kimono and attend Zen meditation there. And dine on the pure vegetarian “shojin” temple cuisines. Im still savouring Did you know that till the 19th century, Japan was largely vegetarian due to the Buddhist influence? And awesome vegetarian at that. In Japan the wow never wavers…