‘From Bali to Baan Tao’ is what the currently ongoing Indonesian food festival is called at the Hyatt, Pune. At the helm of affairs they have the visiting Masterchef – Chef Nyoman Sudiarta all the way from Grand Hyatt Bali. On till the 5th of December the festival aims to showcase the nuances of Indonesian cuisine. Here is my take on the menu that the festival is currently showcasing…
The two salads, the Gado Gado, a potpourri of steamed vegatables, bean curd, egg, peanut sauce and spinach and Lawar Kacang Panjang (long bean salad with minced chicken). Well couldn’t find the minced chicken here instead slices of chicken along with beans that tasted like the poriyal that we have in south india.
In the appetizers, the festival has an array of Satays. On one hand the Prawn, Fish and the Chicken satay wowed me whereas the Lamb satay was dry and tough to chew.
One of my favorite dishes in the evening was the soup – Sari Segara (meaning everything from the sea). A flavorful medley of clam, calamari, prawn and fish with tones of turmeric, lemongrass, fried shallots and beans the soup is hear warming. A Thumbs Up for this one. #HighlyRecommended
In the mains, The Balinese Lamb Curry was a hero with perfectly braised lamb in coconut milk and flavors of galangal, lemon leaves and turmeric which sat in perfect harmony with the robust lamb. #HighlyRecommended
On the other hand the Ikan Bakar, the grilled fish with a sweet soya sauce and chilli sambal along with steamed rice lacked flavors. And same was the case with Ayam Bakar – the grilled chicken. These two dishes are bland for the Indian palate and the only thing that held them together was the chili sambal.
A heads up on the prices here – It is an A la carte menu. Dishes in this festival range from Rs. 500 to Rs. 1450 plus taxes depending on what you are ordering.
Overall a nice concept to host but in terms of food a few Asian restaurants in Pune are equally competitive in this segment.