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.
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.
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.