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Japanese Zensations Menu at Zen at The Leela Palace Hotel, Bangalore. 

Zen at The Leela Palace Hotel in Bangalore has always been known for serving spectacular Japanese food that goes beyond the Sushis, Sashimis and Teppenyakis. 


I fondly remember my first experience at Zen last year, amidst company of the members of the Rotarian Wine Fellowship of India, Bangalore chapter, for dinner. The dining experience was fantastic and the menu curated by Chef Mir Zafar Ali, with the service brigade being led by Abhishek Kar, were on point!

A couple of days ago, I was invited to Zen to try out the ongoing Japanese Zensations Menu. Saying no to this would be simply impudent!


The special À la Carte menu, curated by Chef Panchai, the Japanese Master Chef from Thailand, along with Chef Dominic, the Executive Sous Chef, showcases Japanese fare in new light- with soups, grill, curries and more.

Items that I tasted include:

Miso Corn Soup (Shimeji and American Corn Paste with Miso) – velvety and beautifully balanced, the miso coming in the at the end. Loved the topping of chives oil. 


Crispy Tofu Salad (Crispy Tofu and Arugula Lettuce in Tofu Dressing)


Lobster Salad (Poached Lobster with Shitake, Avocado, Sesame and Ponzu Dressing) – tangy citrus notes from the Ponzu and umami creaminess of the mushrooms and lobster was a great combination.  


Chicken Teriyaki (Traditional Crispy Pan-Fried Chicken in Soy Mirin Sauce) – this, IMO, could do with a hint of acid cutting the sweetness and the fat. 


Lamb Tsukune (Skewered Minced Lamb Balls, cooked in Yakitori Sauce) – cooked to optimum and mildly spiced. Needs no soy on the side. 


Tuna Tataki (Seared Tuna with Truffle and Wasabi flavoured Soy)


Chicken Katsu Curry (Traditional Japanese Curry with Crispy Chicken and Steamed Rice) – most of my fellow diners concurred with my observation of this curry tasting very similar to a Maggi masala. The spices used in both, I am told, are quite common. 


Pan Seared Salmon (Seared Atlantic Salmon, with Japanese flavoured vegetable Puree)


Ginger and White Miso Crème Brûlée (Ginger and Miso flavoured Custard, served with Ginger Ice-Cream) – as deceptively unexciting as the explanation initially sounds, this dessert is a clear winner! 


À la Carte portions of most items are generous, so order wisely! The service at Zen, as always and expected, was attentive and cordial. 

A note of thanks to Manjuu Rangarajan and Apeksha Parthasarathy for the invite. 

The Japanese Zensations menu is available at Zen at The Leela Palace, Bangalore till the 18th of July, 2017, for lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended and can be made on 080-25211234. 

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One thought on “Japanese Zensations Menu at Zen at The Leela Palace Hotel, Bangalore. 

  1. Dear Abhinav,

    Greetings from The Leela Palace Bengaluru and thank you so much for your kind words towards the festival.

    Warm regards,
    Usri Sen
    Manager – PR and Marketing Communications

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