All posts by Pheno Menon

Ugly Sight

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assaulting the senses
no respite

This is the way to a waterfall in Kolli hills. I was shocked at the way it was maintained with refuse just thrown on one side of the path.

Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge for U.  Also part of April UBCFor more memes click here

Teppan – A Dining Experience

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April 22 was my better half’s (Meena) bday and she seemed very interested in Japanese with all their Sushi and Sashimis. So we decided on Teppan (for various reasons including a citibank offer on selected restaurants for Rs 900/-per head plus taxes ;)  ).  This is located in Ulsoor, Bangalore.

We started with an aperitif of Jacob’s Creek sparkling wine (not part of the offer). Meena had  the fresh tuna salad with Bell peppers, Iceberg lettuce, freshly cut tuna in ponza dressing  while I went in for the Kurisupī tori salad – Crispy fried chicken, iceberg, cherry tomato, cucumber in scallion mayo dressing which really set the base for more things to come. I did not taste the tuna salad since I cant stand raw fish chunks but my wife polished it off. . The chicken was ok.  I thought it was the usual crispy fried chicken fare u get everywhere (hey that rhymed !)

Starter I went in for Tori Karaage – Deep fried chicken with tonkatsu dressing while my wife went for the Delicately spiced sea bass fried rolled with scallion, tongarashi, sushi vinegar.Yeah she loves fish :D.    The chicken had a very interesting taste and flavor a little sweet but still leaving a tingling spicy feeling on the tongue. The Sushi was just about awesome and I did not really mind the bits raw fish in it.With the wasabi it was just mind blowing….Oh the wasabi  (horse radish)was a shocker and can explode on your tastebuds if its your first try.

Main course was a choice of two dishes each so we ordered one each of Tori & Zucchini Yaki – Chicken leg and zucchini grilled in sweet soy and garlic sauce, Niku & Burokkori Yaki – Tenderlion marinated in crushed pepper corn & broccoli grilled in yaki niku sauce and two of Sakana & bell pepper yaki – (Marinated grilled fish in Lemon garlic butter sauce with Moriawase Yakimeshi – Mixed meat and egg fried rice. I loved the tenderloin and the grilled fish. Tenderloin was just abt right between medium and well done and fish had a classic light and  clean flavor that left you wanting for more.

Dessert had a lot of choices and we were offered three each from the selection.I am not much of a dessert fan but these would address the needs of the sweet tooths pretty well.

The best part of all of this was a very skilled chef making the main course right at the table who could juggle eggs and containers and catch them on his chef cap! :D. Even the portion of each of the dish was correct without being too heavy or leave u feeling cheated. Oh before I forget I picked up my forgotten chopstick skills and was able to complete my rice with only the chopsticks.. YES! :D

Oh there is a veg option too and I can safely say there is no bias towards vegetarians. The taste will be as good  as it gets.  Here is the veg menu………….

Salad Yaki Yasai Salad. (Carrot, Broccoli, grilled and mixed with iceberg, avocado, cherry tomato in Miso mayo dressing) Tofu salad – Iceberg lettuce, cucumber and tofu in sesame dressing

Starter (Maki) Vegetable Tempura – Assorted vegetables fried in a tempura batter Yasai Kyuuri maki – Iceberg, cucumber, shitake, Japanese mayo with sushi vinegared rice, nori topped with avocado

Main Course Choice of any Two Yaki Tofu Yasai Itame – grilled tofu & Carrot ,onion ,zucchini stir fried in Garlic sesame sauce Yasai and shitake mushroom yaki – Bok Choy, Broccoli , Bell pepper, baby corn & shitake mushroom i Miso sauce Yaki Nasu – ( Grilled eggplant , Chinese cabbage and spinach in fresh grated ginger & mirin sauce ),

Rice Niniku Yakimeshi – Garlic and vegetables fried rice

Dessert Choose any 3 desserts from our sumptuous selection Well all in all it was an excellent experience with good food and a very skilled chef.  I had reserved it inspite of the booking being full after requesting one of the managers there and telling him about the birthday.  Guess what, they had a surprise at the end where they had a complementary cake with the name as well. Now that was very thoughtful no?….. Domo Arigato !!! Oh yes a post about japanese restaurant and food cannot be complete without this……

good food at
the right time
satisfies the soul

Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge for T.  Also part of April UBCFor more memes click here

Succulent Ribs

S,succulent,mutton ribs,lamb,food,tasty.heavenly,a-z,a2z, a2z challenge,pravs,praveen,throo da looking glass, through the looking glass, bangalore blog, praveenMutton ribs marinated overnight with cayenne pepper, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pepper, sea salt, lemon, a little sugar, red wine(port) and olive oil. Grilled in the oven for about 15 mins each side.

For the veggies, the same can be done with Paneer cubes(cottage cheese) but need not be marinated overnight. 2 hrs will do.

Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge for S.  Also part of April UBC and ABC Wednesday with Ordering in the mind and creating @ home For more memes click here

Risotto Gustoso

R,rice,risotto,prawn,food,tasty.heavenly,a-z,a2z, a2z challenge,pravs,praveen,throo da looking glass, through the looking glass, bangalore blog, praveenStarted with frying the garlic and a little Cayenne pepper mix in butter till it hits ur nose. Added the rice soaked in water(did not use any special rice for this)and stir till it loses the starch. Add water (two cups for every one cup rice) and keep it in sim. Meanwhile in the other stove I did the same with prawns (half cook it ) and added salt and chilly flakes at the end. Add the prawns to the risotto and let it cook to get the flavor of the prawns. Stir the risotto occasionally to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the vessel…  While serving sprinkle some parmesan, cheddar, oregano and mixed herbs and some fresh herbs as well. Chilly flakes is your choice. I like mine HOT.

The veggies may skip the prawns part and add other veggies. They just have to be fried with butter and garlic. I usually avoid potatoes to avoid the starch.  (I like eating them in other ways though)

Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge for R.  Also part of April UBC. For more memes click here

Quenching Thirst

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on a hot day
heaven on earth

Taken in the Vedamthangal Bird Sanctuary around 70 kms from Chennai….

Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge for P.  Linked to ABC Wednesday(N) for Night…. Also part of April UBC. For more memes click here

Picture Perfect

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over the sea
picture perfect

Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge for P.  Linked to ABC Wednesday(N) for Night…. Also part of April UBC. For more memes click here

Oats – Interesting ways to eat

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tingling the senses
stay healthy

I used the masala variety for this that comes nowadays.. Make the oats the normal way. Parallely I also scramble some eggs (not the Indian bhurji style) with sea salt and a pinch of pepper and which I make it dry by keeping it longer on the stove and stirring continuously.Meanwhile when the oats is getting cooked I add my own secret masalas  apart from the ones that comes in the oats along with a sprinkle of parmesan. Add the scrambled eggs to the oats, thicken it slightly and  top it with some dill and coriander. Simple no??

Regular oats can be powdered and used to thicken soup instead of corn flour and it does a much better job without any change in taste. In the south its also added to the idli and dosa batter or made into a batter itself for making all this. Even common place dishes like upma.  Now that’s sowing the oats everywhere ;)

Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge for O.  Linked to ABC Wednesday(N) for Night…. Also part of April UBC. For more memes click here

 

 

 

 

Nachos Amigos

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I use quite a lot of feta and puck cheese for the gooey consistency in the salsa mix which goes well with the crisp chips.

Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge for N.  Linked to ABC Wednesday(N) for Night…. Also part of April UBC. For more memes click here

 

Moon

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perfect sphere
making the night
less lonely

Today is also considered a new year in Kerala called Vishu. So Happy Vishu visitors and good wishes always……..

Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge for M.  Linked to ABC Wednesday(N) for Night…. Also part of April UBC. For more memes click here

Light from a Lamp

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in darkness
a flicker seen
hope fills the  heart

A lit lamp flickering in the wind has always attracted me though I am not a very religious person and my better half has to force me to accompany her to temples or even to light up the lamp at home sometimes. Maybe it’s the vision it conveys of a lone fire fighting against the wind or the fire that burns within everyone to stand for what they feel is right. Many of them hardly realize or feel that fire but its there. I define that as conditional love for humanity.

(count : 100 words)

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Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge for L.  Also part of April UBC and 100 words prompt on Writetribe. For more memes click here