It is the season of the King! Well, as much as I would like Elvis to be back, what I meant is that it is the season of the King of Fruits. Mango mania must have gripped many a household by now and boxes of this fruit are being demolished by the dozen. In keeping with the spirit, many restaurants in Bengaluru have come up with some unique mango based creations of their own, to celebrate this fruit. Take a look at some of what you can indulge in:
The Fatty Bao has a whole new menu dedicated to the king of Fruits. From a Mango Avocado Sushi to a Prawn Salad with Raw Mango, to the return of the all-time favourite Mango Pannacotta and refreshing cocktails. There is something mango for everyone this summer. You may also want to check out the Crab Cake Bao with a Green Mango Kimchi and crispy garlic or the Stir-Fried Pork Tenderloin with Mango. The Cocktail menu features the likes of Smokey Joe, a whiskey-based drink with smoked raw Mango, lime and Lapsong tea. Also, to be tried is the By the Bay, a drink that brings together Vodka, Raw Mango, Dill Leaves, Mango Syrup and lime. The Big Mango Harvest begins on May 12th and ends on May 28th.
Toast and Tonic has been around for a short while and has managed to make all the right noises. From a very strong focus on local produce to the innovative use of it, Toast and Tonic always has some elegant trick up its sleeve. For this Mango season, T & T has on offer the Almond Cake, made with Badam milk parfait, fresh mango, yoghurt sorbet, cumin and black salt. In the ‘Almond Cake’ dessert – the cumin and black salt which is a great combination in a South Indian mango curry, helps break the monotony of the sweetness coming from the almond milk and mangoes. The inspiration for this dessert comes from a very famous sweet store ‘Anand Sweets’ located in Commercial Street, Bengaluru. Also available is the Honey Ginger Kulfi with Mango and Pineapple.
SingKong has an entire range of delicious mango-based dishes this summer season. Check out the Lemon Leaf Rubbed King Prawns on a bed of cucumber and raw mango salad and sprinkled with crushed spiced peanuts or the Tofu Pillars topped with spiced Alphonso Mango with chilli basil sauce. For mains, you can opt for the Catch of the day or Thai Grilled Red Snapper in creamy lemon grass sauce with raw papaya and mango salad and the popular Massaman Curry, a fragrant hearty curry served with steamed rice and raw papaya and mango salad is a must try. The desserts include delicious options like the Asian Mango Crème Brûlée served with date biscotti, strawberry chips, mango strawberry & chocolate parfait finished with coconut cream and raw mango chips.
A restaurant that can take on any avatar you like – a hangout with the boys, a party with the girls, a date night, a special occasion and of course a perfect family outing space. From being kid-friendly to whipping up some great meals and drinks, Smoke House Deli always hits the nail on the mark. This mango season you must head out and try their Fresh Mango and Toasted Coconut Sundae. A very summery dessert that will have you singing its praises.
Bringing to us Pan-Asian food with a twist, how can we not have something mango from a restaurant that specialises in the cuisine. For those of you who miss the classic Mango and Sticky rice, you are going to get that one here for sure. And if you like your mango with just about anything, then the Quinoa salad with Mango in it is what you should be looking out for. Mamagoto, with its quirky décor, eclectic seating and fun cutlery can make for a wonderful meal outing, post which a siesta is on the cards.
This new kid on the Pan-Asian block in Bengaluru has been making quite some noise since it opened its tinted doors. An interesting cuisine mix from all across Southeast Asia, their tribute to the King of Fruits is offered with the Green Mango Salad with Prawns. Wholesome portions with just the right hint of tanginess and the freshness of prawns brings this one to life. And can you really miss out on having a good Sticky Rice with Mango? Well, Misu certainly won’t let you.
Ruth Dsouza Prabhu has been a media professional for 18 years now, across multiple platforms. As a passionate F&B writer, she has interacted personally with internationally renowned names such as Marco Pierre White, Janice Wong, Chef Vivek Singh, Chef Vikas Khanna, Madhur Jaffrey, the late Tarla Dalal and many others for her stories. A highlight has been personal interviews with all three of the celebrity judges on Masterchef Australia. She is on several jury panels of food and beverage awards, is sought after for opinions in the field by publications and has her work published in well-known names such as The Hindu, Firstpost, HuffPost India, Condé Nast Traveller, NatGeo Traveller among many others.
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