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.
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!
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
For the veggies, the same can be done with Paneer cubes(cottage cheese) but need not be marinated overnight. 2 hrs will do.
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
simple and friendly
I came across this packet in Kuttralam on my way back to Bangalore from Kollam.. Since it was a boys trip there was no way we could have given this a miss with all those awesome massages and the chance to stand under the waterfall. . When we reached the place as usual a vendor comes peddling his products to us. We were on the verge of sending him away when he told us about this leaf he was having. He made us eat the dry leaf which was extremely bitter. He then went ahead and proclaimed that we will not be able to eat anything sweet for 3 hrs. After that he gave us sugar which tasted like saw dust. We were skeptical and tried more sweet stuff but then found it was true. The leaf had suppressed the sweet part of our taste buds. We were able to taste all other things except the taste of sweet. I then came back home and did more research on the stuff. Called Gymnema sylvestre or ChakaraKolli in Malayalam literally meaning sugar destroyer, used in the treatment of diabetes, this works as an insulin supplement and has no side effects. For more info check Wikipedia page
Curiosity in its eyes
another new being
friend or foe?
Poaching has become such a common occurrence these day it’s sad to even think of them being killed for meat.
Taken in the jungles of Bandipur on the way to Ooty, this was a natural view from our vehicle and not a part of the safari.
Exif – 1/200, f/5.6, ISO 400
before your eyes
tuck in, enjoy
Alright here are my experiments at different occasions at home starting clockwise from top left.
1. The popular middle eastern Hummus
2. Baby potatoes fried in a tangy homemade sauce
3. Nachos with cheese and the works
4. Pizza with gouda, parmesan and mozarella cheese
5. Chicken breast steak with pepper sauce
6. Stuffed peppers with more peppers
Invites are for strangers, the door is always open to friends
it sits in the dark
awaiting that kiss
During our road trip to Maharashtra when we were passing through Nasik I noticed a wayside sign for Vinsura Factory Outlet. Since wine constitutes one of those things I love, I could not let this opportunity slip me by and immediately turned towards the outlet with my better half and mom in tow. We got some really good wines at extremely and wickedly cheap prices and you can imagine the smile on my face when we walked out
Dont miss the opportunity for buying wine from the source or going for a wine tasting both in Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Mind and Darkness
When the mind becomes dark
With no control over emotions
All it takes is a tiny dusturbing thought
To release the hold of societal bondage
The facade we wear comes off
Releasing the fury inside
Behold man is his true form;
A destructive force crushing everything
A Juggernaut of uncontrolled evil
My poem and image based on the genre “horror” was selected and published in a book titled ” Patrick Royal and Verity of Poets Poems of the Horror Society” and is available on Amazon. Go on they are not very expensive ;)…… Here are the links.