Old Bottle, new Wine

Jul 06, 2011, 08:37 IST | The Guide Team

It's raining new menus at several city restaurants. The Guide takes you on a culinary tour

It's raining new menus at several city restaurants. The Guide takes you on a culinary tour

Lunch goes the Prix Frix way
Here's your chance to sneak out during lunch and head to this Mediterranean eatery for a three course express lunch without feeling the dent in your pockets. Olive Beach is back with their Prix Fixe meal plan. Commonly known as Prefix, a Prix Fixe meal, a European concept is a predetermined set menu usually comprising a three course meal at a much lesser price. Start your meal with entrees like Moroccan Chick Pea and Carrot Salad tossed up with fresh lime juice, roasted cumin and feta, Shrimp Cocktail Salad that comes with lettuce like romaine and iceberg along with poached shrimp, and croutons in a cocktail sauce. For those looking for a wholesome beginning to their meal, the Vegetable and Pumpkin broth ought to do the trick. The Gambas Piccante, prawns saut �ed in a spicy tomato and cream sauce served with zahttar crisps is an old Olive classic which you can look out for too. 

A Prix Fixe Spread at Olive Beach

For mains, take your pick from pastas like Fusilli with Creamy Mushroom Sauce or Spaghetti in Pink Sauce with Grilled Vegetables or Grilled Chicken Paillard and Pan Seared Basa served with lemon and herbs, mashed potatoes and veggies. Take a bite of thin crust pizzas and sandwiches like Chicken and Roasted Peppers Piadini, bread stuffed with ricotta cheese, roasted peppers and chicken, Cheese Melt, slices of ham paired with cheddar cheese and stuffed in bread or even a Falafel Wrap.

End your meal on a sweet note here with the traditional �clair piped in with vanilla cr me anglaise and dipped in rich chocolate and butterscotch, Mango Semifreddo, an Italian dessert made out of passion fruit coulis and brandy snap cookies and Double B, a duo of walnut fudge and chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce and almond praline gelato. 
Where Olive Beach, 16, Wood Street
Ongoing Monday to Saturday, 12 noon to 3.30 pm
Call 41128400/ 9945565483
For Rs 599 (excluding alcohol) per head plus taxes

Some fun & conversation over a new menu
Your favourite hangout now has a brand new menu complete with wholesome burgers, quirky starters, salads and some classic dishes. Take your pick from juicy burgers like Soya Sammich, OMG Grilled Burger and Here's Juicy Lucy served with pickles and French fries. Tuck into starters in between meals with Breaded Stuffed Mushroom, perked up with the addition of sharp Cheddar cheese and tangy jalapenos, Moroccan Soy Kebabs, Bean & Nacho Chilli, Chicken Aioli and Chicken Kibbeh. A salad bar provides relief for those who are always worrying about calories where you can get a salad made out of your choice of fresh veggies and fruits. And if you are craving some carbs, then Mocha offers a range of pastas such as Wild  Mushroom  Spaghetti, Gnocchi  in  Sundried  Tomato  Sauce,  Lamb  Stew  with  Alio Olio  Spaghetti and Herbed Chicken with Sage Potatoes and Carrots.
Where Mocha, Lavelle Road & Koramangala
Ongoing 10 am to 11 pm
Call 42110094, 30224722
For Rs 200 per dish
Get high on these bar nibbles
The city's highest lounge bar or so claims Skyye bar, has a brand new menu for you to tuck into while you sip on some elaborate cocktails. Take in the magnificent view of the cityscape that this bar offers while you tuck into starters like a mezze platter comprising Hummus, Spanakopita, Shanklish, Toum, Mumhamara, Falafal, Spinach and Cheese or a Zartar Pita Bread steamed platter. If Mediterranean fare is not your favourite bar nibble along with your tipple, then there is Mushroom Chestnut Dimsums, Chicken Dimsums, Steamed Rice Paper Stuffed Rolls stuffed with pork and many more to choose from. For mains, you can choose from Char Grilled Beef Steak drizzled with balsamic emulsion, potato dauphnoise and beetroot mash, pan fried John Dory topped with poached egg, New potato mash with shrimps served with classic Burr Blanc sauce, New Zealand scallops cooked in mild spicy Malaya curry served with steamed rice in bamboo, Turkish style slow cooked lamb pillaf with quenelles of labneh. Finish off your meal here with a dessert like Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse served with Cr me Anglaise, a light custard.
Where Skyye, 16th floor, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road
Ongoing, 12.00 to 3.00 pm and dinner 7 to 11.30 pm
Call 49090000
For Rs 250 onwards
Stuffed and Indian
Tattv, the kebabs and grills speciality eatery introduces some unusual Indian dishes as part of its new menu. If you thought baby onions were only meant to be pickled or dunked in sambhar think again. At Tattv, you can gorge on these baby onions in the for of Pyaz Ke Dulmay. These onions are stuffed with mutton mince and then cooked in a tomato gravy. Others unusual bites include Bharwan Guchhi Zaffrani, which are morel mushrooms stuffed with cheese and khoya and cooked in a saffron gravy Kashmiri style, Chaamp-e-Adraki, chicken kababs with a hint of ginger, Salmon Tikka and Kareli Roganjosh, a nalli ( bone) also known as karelli pieces cooked in rogan josh style.
Where Tattv, 1st Floor, 25/4, Lavelle Road
Ongoing 12 noon to 3 pm and dinner 7 pm to 11.30 pm
Call 41552225

Goa on a platter
The performance space and restaurant has been known for its Goan delights and now they have taken the next step ahead to give you another dash of Goan flavours. The Gourmet Boat, a new weekend special menu put together by Master Chef Rohan D'Souza, who is known to have worked at the Hell's Kitchen's with Michelin star chef Marco Pierre White. Choose from Prawn Balchao Bruschettas, Grilled Lamb Cafreal with Sanna Dumplings and classics like Goan Pork Vindaloo. This menu comes in addition to the existing Goan offerings.
Where Opus, Palace Cross Road
Call 23442580
For Rs 250 onwards per dish

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