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Friday, February 09, 2018


Auspicious offerings

Hakkasan has launched a limited-time Chinese New Year menu that’s full of good luck and Chinese wisdom. Anindra Siqueira tells you why you should give it a try

Chinese New Year is approaching and Hakkasan has put out a very special menu to celebrate this joyous occasion. The restaurant has a new head chef, Chef Raymond Wong, who comes with loads of experience, having created elegant meals all over world, from Mauritius off the southeast coast of the African continent to countries closer to home — Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore. Now at Hakkasan, he is here to do what he does best — reinvent authentic dishes and present them in a modern flair.

We settled in to the cosy private dining area at the restaurant as we waited for the chef. And then, it was time. The youthfully exuberant Chef Raymond appeared and, brimming with energy, introduced the specially crafted menu, talking us through each masterfully plated dish as it was presented to us.

We opened with the Asparagus and edamame dumpling, which was created at Hakkasan Mumbai and whose delightful presentation involves edamame caviar, with light flavours that don’t overpower your palate. We can’t see why you should skip these dumplings. The Stir fry mushrooms with golden mantao represent a treasure box that must be filled come New Year. Hollow sweet bread is stuffed with the lightly stir fried mushroom and teases your taste buds.

The highlight of the small eats, though, is the Pork siew long bun. A dumpling packed with soft pork morsels and a soupy concoction, it must be doused with a ginger soy sauce before it is gulped down, which cuts through the pork and lends the dumpling a flavourful aftertaste.

Bigger eats and the night comes alive. The Wok fried native lobster in black truffle sauce and the Baked Chilean sea bass with kumquat dressing are both exquisite! The former consists of a layer of egg white, succulent lobster meat in the middle and fried mushrooms on top, while the sea bass is glazed with a sweetish kumquat dressing that’s made in-house. Each has a tantalising mix of flavours that you will relish.

The meal is brought to an end with the Golden Fortune, a dessert made with ginger caramel, roasted macadamia nuts and lemongrass, with a side helping of ice cream. The decorative Chinese gold coin is symbolic of good fortune that parents bestow upon their children, Chef Raymond tells us.

If you’re looking to get into the spirit of the Chinese New Year, make the most of this delicious limited time menu at Hakkasan.

When: Up to March 4

Where: Hakkasan, Waterfield Road, Bandra (w)

Contact: 26444444

Organic honey from the Himalayas

Looking to add some sweetness to your diet? Organic India has recently launched 100% natural and organic certified honey, Organic Honey Wild Forest. This golden nectar, rich in wild forest tastes and aromas, is collected from the Himalayan forest by Apis dorsata laboriosa, the Himalayan honey bee, and Apis cerana indica, the Indian honey bee, where flowering trees and plants grow in abundance (and which are never sprayed with chemicals). Organic honey is rich in healthful minerals and nutrients, and make for the perfect addition to teatime. So, soak in the goodness of honey.

Price: Rs 195 for 250gm


Go Pan-Asian

Pa Pa Ya in Colaba has announced an unlimited Sunday brunch menu offering delicacies from the Continent, and the novel flavours, exotic combinations, contemporary cooking techniques, and elements of molecular gastronomy are sure to delight your palate. The unlimited menu consists of sushi, dimsum and mains at Rs 1,699.

When: Sunday

Where: Hotel Diplomat, Whitehouse Building, 24-26 B. K. Boman Behram Marg, Apollo Bunder, Colaba

Contact: 8451011174/75

Taste of authentic food

Every part of our country has some special delicacies to offer, those that you won’t find anywhere else. From lemon-scented Shrewsbury biscuits at Kayani Bakery in Pune to panjiri laddoos from Evergreen Sweet House, if you’ve been missing your favourite treats from back home, you should know that now you can get them easily! Ahmadabad-based start-up, Salebhai, is working towards bringing special authentic food from across the country to your door step. From sweets and snacks to teas, spices and even baked goods, there is something for everyone.


Contact: 7948999917, 9586526940

Kikkoman soy sauce by Del Monte

It has become so easy to stir up a delicious manchurian gravy or a prepare a schezwan dish. But, to add to it, Del Monte has tied up with Japanese heritage brand Kikkoman to bring their heritage soy sauce to India. What’s novel about this soy sauce is that it is prepared by a traditionally Japanese brewing process and it takes months to mature. To match the taste buds of Indian food aficionados, Del Monte has launched their ‘Purple Label Soy Sauce’, which is represented by its dark colour. Now it’s even easier to prepare a delicious, authentic Asian meal at home.

Price: Rs 140 for 200ml

Where: Leading retail stores across the city


A confluence of dance styles

Travel back in time with this musical experience, as you are transported to medieval times in a journey that celebrates the metamorphosis of music and dance from the ancient Vedic era to today. A music and dance recital tilted Anupam Srjan, helmed by Acharya Pandit Anupam Rai, the mesmerising performance will leave no stone unturned in expressing the beautiful confluence of classical dance and music, as it pays tribute to Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Mahashivratri. So, transport yourself to the era of Sufi music and Kathak dances as you watch this musical journey unfold.

When: February 13, 6.45pm onwards

Where: Rangsharda Auditorium, Near Lilavati Hospital, KC Marg, Bandra Reclamation Flyover, Bandra (w)

Contact: 26430544


Twisted tales of love and friendship

Let theatre enthral you this weekend with The Drum Roll, which is a compilation of six short stories in the form of a play. The stories include: The Ritual, The Pendulum, The After Party, The Ola Share, The Drama and The Gift Of The Magi. With artists Aakash Prabhakar, Abhinav Grover, Lyra Dutt, Abhishek Chauhan and Chrisann Pereira performing on stage, the play is about how the characters experience the moment of drum roll, in their hearts, their bodies and their minds, when they are all alive and present — the moment that one experiences just before something nice, grand, positive or twisted is about to happen. The play explores this moment through the tales of friendship, love and life in a twisted manner.

Tickets: Rs 399

When: February 11, 7pm and 9pm

Where: The Cuckoo Club, 5AA Pali Hill, Macronells Compound, Side of Learners Academy, Next to Candies, Bandra (w)

Contact: 9619962969 and


Make something for your Valentine

You need not stress about Valentine’s Day gifting. Celebrate love in a unique way by making personalised gifts at the Hab by Usha. You and your partner can indulge in sewing activities and make items such as greeting cards, hug cushions, heart pouches, diary covers and applique napkins. The Hab also has on offer sewing accessories such as sequins, beads, threads, buttons, lace and borders, sewing tools, books, patterns and DIY kits. Walk in between 11am and 8pm for the fun and inspiring workshops, which will set you back anywhere from Rs 400 to Rs 2,100. All materials and accessories will be provided.

When: Up to February 14 (Thursdays off)

Where: G-1, 444 Corporate Lounge, Opposite Sahib Khatwara Darbar, Khar-Bandra Linking Road (Near Citibank), Khar (w)

Contact: 61274444

Get your cook on

The way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, and so, this Valentine’s Day surprise your date by whipping up a delicious meal, worthy of a Michelin star chef. But, if you’re no whizz in the kitchen, don’t fret. The Sassy Spoon’s fun pre-Valentine cooking workshop is where you’ll learn how to prepare a romantic meal comprising of a salad, main course and dessert. And while you’re at it, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and an appetizer.

Price: Rs 1,200

When: February 10, from 4pm to 6pm

Where: The Sassy Spoon, Ground Floor, Express Towers, Ramnath Goenka Marg, Nariman Point

Contact: 9920003500


A tribute to jazz master Ahmad Jamal

Get ready for a mesmerising performance by Harpist Susan Mazer this evening, as she soothes your heart with her jazz music in a tribute to jazz master Ahmad Jamal. She will be joined by woodwind specialist Dallas Smith, Hungarian drummer Aron Nyiro and French percussionist Emmanuel Simon. The event has a special guest appearance by Kathak dancer Aditi Bhagwat.

Price: Rs 750 & Rs 500

When: Today, 7pm

Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point

Contact: 66223737


A special treat for a special day

Valentine’s Day is almost here and if you’re already done picking gifts and planning the perfect date, switch your focus to the perfect sweet treat. Deliciae Patisserie has rolled out their special Valentine’s Day treats curated by chef Bunty Mahajan. Pick from their vast array of options that include chocolate dipped strawberries, macaroons, heart-shaped cookies, truffles and heart-shaped chocolate strawberry cake. So, make this special day a memorable one for your Valentine.

When: Up to February 15

Where: Khar Danda Road, Opposite Curio Cottage, Khar (w)

Contact: 9029021260, 9029021200

The ‘art’ of love

Put a smile on your Valentine’s face by giving them a customised gift that is specially prepared for you by design house Iktaara. The design house takes great pride in its impeccable illustrations and detailed doodles, which can be imprinted not only on special gifting products, but also on everyday ordinary articles. From handcrafted chocolates, which are doodled on, to boxes of customised stationery, artsy pillows and adult colouring books, Iktaara has it all! And, for the special occasion of Valentine’s Day, they animate your love story in the form of a movie, so you can immortalise those precious memories.

Sweet cravings

Dezertfox is here to make your Valentine’s Day special with a range of signature dessert boxes. Pick from their Cocoa and Wood Collection Signature Box (Rs 3,299), an assorted Belgium Chocolate Box that comes with 24 mouthwatering chocolates filled with a molten filing, or their Golden Sprinkle (Rs 1,599), a specially curated Valentine’s Day hamper that comes with 12 assorted chocolates in flavours along with a meringue jar, almond tea cake, ajwain cheese straw, rose cookie and a cold-pressed juice. Give your Valentine a sweet surprise this year with a lovely hamper.

Where: All Dezertfox stores in the city

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