Oakroom Presents Indian Cuisine Festival
“Anna He PoorNa Brahma” – this is an Indian belief that means “Food is God.”
In India, it is believed that food should not only satisfy our hunger, but most importantly, food should nourish the soul.
WHEN IN MANILA, experience delectable Indian spices at Oakroom. The INDIAN FOOD FESTIVAL started last February 20 and will be available until March 1, 2013. Guests may continue to enjoy the diverse and divine feast prepared by Chef Ashutosh Nerlekar himself, who came here to the Philippines all the way from Oakwood Premier Prestige Bangalore. Yes, Oakroom’s Indian feast is as authentic as it can possibly be!
Mr. Rick Erdos (2nd from left), Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center Manila’s new General Manager,
Oakroom’s Executive Chef Ashutosh Nerlekar (2nd from right) from Oakwood Premier Prestige Banglore
and Mr. Igor Ruge (rightmost), Oakwood Premier Manila’s New Executive Assistant Manager
Chef Ashutosh has been whipping up intricate Northern Indian cuisines for 15 years now and his expertise is sure to wake up your senses as you dine at Oakroom – Oakwood Premier’s signature lounge-style restaurant located at the 6th floor.
Chicken Tikka, Fish Amritsari and Galouti Kebab
I was able to try a sampler of Chef Ashutosh’s appetizers – grilled boneless chicken meat marinated with tandoori red masala , deep fried fish with carom seeds, gram flour + spices served with mint chutney and the delicately spiced lamb mince kebab. These were all really good, but I have to warn you that they can be a bit spicy.
South Indian Tomato and Lentil Broth served with fritters
Indian breads and Basmati Rice
Methi Murgh, Alleppey Prawn Curry and Lasooni Dal served with Paratha
Our main dish came with two kinds of Indian breads and a whole bowl of aromatic Basmati rice. The lasooni dal is a concoction made with lentil plus a good quantity of chopped garlic. It was really nice with the paratha bread. After trying them with bread, I realized that the prawn curry and chicken with spiced gravy were best partnered with the long grain Basmati rice. It was like every bite was bursting with all sorts of distinctive flavors.
Indian Dessert Trio: Gulab Jamun, Carrot Hulwa and Bebinca
If you have an incurable sweet tooth, you will most certainly appreciate Indian desserts which are slightly sweeter than that of Western’s. It was pretty interesting to try the gulab jamun, a deep fried dumpling made from milk solids and then dipped in rose flavored sugar syrup. The texture was similar to an egg yolk, but it tastes sweet. The grated carrot dessert gained a lot of praises because it was surprisingly delicious, especially with the nuts. Another sweet ending was the bebinca, a traditional 7-layer Goan dessert which is a type of pudding served with creamy vanilla ice cream.
Indian Feast at The Oakroom
WHEN IN MANILA, Oakwood Premier invites you to take part in the divine Indian feast at OAKROOM, available until March 1, 2013. “Tantalize your taste buds and empower your chakras – soon you will discover that the path to enlightenment and divinity is not that far; and, the taste of the journey is simply heavenly.”
6th floor, Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center Manila
17 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig.
OAKROOM’S INDIAN FEAST MENU: [HERE]
Available from February 20 – March 1
Lunch: 12 pm – 3 pm
Dinner: 6 pm – 10 pm
For reservations, please call:
719-1160 (direct line)
WhenInManila photos by Joanne Tan – JoTan23.blogspot.com