If you have been fantasising setting off to one of the South East Asian countries on an impromptu holiday, but have not gotten down to actually doing it, you can fulfil the culinary aspect of that dream at Sen5es. The multicuisine restaurant of Pune Marriott Suites is currently hosting a food festival that would give you a glimpse of the region’s cuisine.
Titled Asian Grills, the festival features an extensive buffet for dinner, along with live stations between 7:30 pm and 11:30 pm every day. Some of the dishes diners would get to sample include the tangy-tart Vietnamese lemongrass chicken, a variety of Thai satays (juicy, skewered meat) such as chicken, lamb and prawn, grilled goodies cooked Mongolian style, Malaysian rendang-marinated grilled beef and sugarcane prawns (which are, again, a Vietnamese delicacy), among several other delicious delights.
So why particularly Asian cuisine? The hotel’s executive sous chef Praduman Singh Bist explains: “It is highly versatile and covers a wide range of gastronomical traditions from different regions – the Central Asian flavours, for instance, are completely distinct and separate from the Eastern ones.” Also, he adds, Asia – being one of the largest and most populated continents – is home to many cultures that have all influenced Pan Asian cuisine as a whole recognisably.
“Ingredients commonly used in many cultures in the east and southeast regions of the continent include rice, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, chillies, dried onions, soy, and tofu. As for popular cooking methods, stir frying, steaming, and deep frying are on the top of the list”, informed Chef Praduman. The aromatic element is high in this food, which is mellow yet flavourful, featuring a host of herbs from galangal to mint and basil.
So go get your Asian food fix soon – the festival is on only until August 14, so make sure you head there this week.
We at Eazydiner feel privileged to have worked with someone like Mrunmayi who was an independent writer with over five years of experience in arts and lifestyle journalism. She had worked with several print and online publications based out of Pune and Goa. In the realm of food, she had contributed reviews, topical stories and long features primarily to Pune Mirror, The Goan, Planet-Goa, and the website goa.me. A foodie with an eclectic taste, she enjoyed a well-prepared spread of English Breakfast as much as some fiery Kolhapuri mutton curry.