Beer and 'Touchings' with Geistronomy Edition II at The Local

In their second edition of Geistronomy, the team at Geist brewing have chosen to celebrate local Bengaluru dishes, or ‘touchings’ as it is sometimes referred to colloquially, by tying up with The Local in Kammanhalli, Bengaluru. I was invited for a preview of the specially curated menu, earlier this week.

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The dishes are simple, yet scrumptious, and will instantly bring back a comfortable sense of nostalgia to any old-school Bangalorean. (Are we now Bengalureans?) Some of my favourites from the evening included Uncle Naidu’s Mutton Chops, a delightful peppery mutton that pairs wonderfully with both the Weiss Guy and the Kamacitra. The Classic Prawn Ghee Roast hit the spot and is balanced out wonderfully with the sweet flavours of the Uncle Dunkel, also fabulous with the Kamacitra.

Uncle Naidu’s Mutton Chops

Uncle Naidu’s Mutton Chops

Prawn Ghee Roast

Prawn Ghee Roast

Both variations of the bovine delicacy (I do not use the other B word any more… tis mother and all no), the teriyaki and the chilli were tender, delicious and had everyone at the table falling in love almost instantly. The former is wonderfully accentuated by the Uncle Dunkel while the latter goes great with both the Weiss and the Kamacitra. The beer battered squid was classic, uncomplicated and easily pairs with the Witty Wit.

Chilli Moo

Chilli Moo

Geist Golden Ale

Geist Golden Ale

My favourite from the evening though was the Crispy Bitter Gourd Rings. The batter was light, and mildly coated the karela. I’d gladly replace my regular bowl of chips for this. In terms of pairing, the Weiss was an ideal fit. Other dishes included the Kentucky Fried Paneer (#NoPaneer), Tawa Fried Chicken, Pork Sausages and Spare Ribs, and Apple Pie and Brownie for dessert!

Crispy Bitter Gourd Rings

Crispy Bitter Gourd Rings

Geist Kamacitra

Geist Kamacitra

The Geistronomy festival at the Local is on till December 6th.  For INR 499, you get a pint of Geist beer and a Geistronomy dish. Not a bad deal at all! Now, I only wish either The Local were located closer to home so that I could either walk down or have the food delivered over.

Tea becomes the new drink of choice for Millennials - Economic Times

I had shared my thoughts on how tea is a new attraction for the millennial crowd and how fancy tea bars need to educate folks about how tea is a lot more than chai, and help make all the various options mainstream.

As quoted in the article - Nikhilesh Murthy, food blogger and tea enthusiast, adds, “Instagrammable dining is the top trend now and has fuelled the mushrooming of elite tea bars. It’s the statement to make. Tea bars, however, must host workshops like tea-pairing to educate people and become more accessible.” 

You can read the entire article here.

 

It's 'Raining Ramen' at Fatty Bao

My very first experience of authentic ramen goes back to 2013 when I made my first trip to Hong Kong. Now, before you go “machaan… Ramen is Japanese da. What food blogger you are?”, the origins of ramen aren’t quite clear with historical records stating that it was the Chinese who created the noodle ( known as lamian) and the dish perfected by the Japanese in the early 20th century; among other theories, none of which are relevant to my love for this wonderful dish.

While we witness the end of summer, and all the mango inspired food festivals and beers, Fatty Bao welcomes the monsoon with their ramen festival. Aptly title ‘Raining Ramen’, the festival showcases soulful ramen bowls from across south East Asia. I was invited to experience what the team had to offer. That afternoon, I didn’t have any reinforcements who could order different bowls and I could get a taste of almost everything on the menu. Requesting for smaller portions so that I could try more than just one bowl, I started off with the Spicy Crab Gyoza & Miso Butter Ramen. This bowl of ramen was so wonderfully balanced with flavours of the smoked tomato shining through without overpowering the otherwise delicate flavour of the crab and the sinful miso butter. The team had done a fabulous job of having delicate and robust flavours in one dish. This particular bowl of ramen makes it to the list of ‘food that hits your soul’. The ramen was accompanied by a pleasing Thai-inspired mocktail called Bora Bora, a mixture of passion fruit, coconut water and green apple. Put together, these two were ideal companions for a cloudy monsoon afternoon of reading and ‘me time’.

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The second ramen bowl I ordered was intense and in-your-face. The Braised Lamb Tantamen Ramen offered a very meaty slow-cooked lamb bone broth that would bring joy to the heart of only a staunch non-vegetarian. Served with curly noodles, peanuts and chilli, this bowl was Trooper by Iron Maiden compared to last bowl which was a Nocturne by Chopin. While there was nothing wrong with any of the flavours, this one is recommended only to the hard core non veg lover… you know the kind that enjoys bone marrow… definitely not the ‘leg piece chicken biryani’ eater. This bowl was paired with a far more sober mocktail of watermelon, basil and chamomile tea called the Melon Sipper.

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Dessert was another delightful affair. Not a part of the ramen food festival menu, I ordered the Lemon Tart. This was a very pretty dish comprising of lemon mousse, pistachio crumble, mint meringue, raspberry sorbet and an almond sable. Perfectly balanced out without being too citrusy or too sweet, the dessert was just what the doctor ordered (or the waiter recommended) to mute the very intense flavours of the lamb broth from earlier.

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The festival offers a range of ramen bowls from pork to duck breast to even green tea. The festival runs till the 20th of July, across all Fatty Bao restaurants in India. The price starts at INR 395++ for the vegetarian options and INR 425++ for the non-vegetarian options.

PS – I made the mistake of writing this post late at night, and am craving for some ramen right now. I’ll have to make do with fruit ( Bah!)