Tuesday, December 4, 2007
First observation; the Indian food we get in Canada is a very limited subset of the full offering that is available in India.
My hosts were very concerned about my ability to deal with spicy food, which turned out not to be a problem; I didn't find anything there that was so spicy as not to be edible. However, the pollution and crazy driving there is what really killed me! I got dizzy as soon as I was in the car for more than 10 minutes.
But I digress... Here are a few spots that I visited.
Panchavati Gurav; a Pune restaurant offering Nasik regional cruisine.
On the plate:
Khadi ( clockwise on the little cups)
Ondhio ( in the little steel plate
Ladies finger fry (okra)
Pooran poli ( litte circular rotis that was sweet)
Methi rot ( little dark brown rotis, not sweet)
Pickle ( mango)
They also gave us Jaljeera, a green drink that was...mmmm.... disgustingly salty. Not too fond of that thing. I was told by my peers in Pune that the restaurant somewhat screwed it up actually (it was too salty even for their taste)
The dish above, we had at the top of Le Meridien Hotel in Pune. Very nice setting with a rooftop pool and barbecue. Food offered was veg and non-veg (as it is declined everywhere in Pune)
I spent two days in Mumbai (Bombay) and stayed at the Taj Mahal Palace. It was great because the Hotel is centrally located and I could just walk pretty much anywhere I wanted to go.
Food at the Taj was OK. The buffet (below) had a lot of variety but overall, I was a bit disappointed with the quality/price of food at the Taj. I would suggest you venture out of its walls. The last night, I went to Tendulkar's, a restaurant just a few blocks away. Food there was good. However, I tried some Indian red wine and.... well... you better avoid India wine for another 10 years!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Next time (in a few weeks) we go back, I will use flash photo (usually makes the food looks bad) and report in more details.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
One thing I am certainly not looking forward to is the flight; the longest leg is 14 hours. Luckily, my employer's policy if for us to fly business for flights longer than 8 hours. This reminded me of a few things I wanted to share:
1. Plane food in economy class is disgusting and seemingly has gotten worse over the years.
2. Last time I flew, from Hong Kong, I requested a seat behind the washroom section or in the emergency exit row. Those rows have more leg room (in the latter, because the seat in front does not recline). Well, to my surprise, the guy at the United booth offered a cheap upgrade to business class. So here's my recommendation; always ask if there's a cheap upgrade if you are going to fly for more than 10 hours! It is worth it. Just do the math. For me, it was less than 40% over the price of an already discounted economy ticket.
3. Food in business is exponentially better. Actually, I should say, food in business class is food! (not quite sure how to call what they serve in economy)
I included the business class menu below for your perusal (I had the steak, cooked 'a la minute', according to my instructions):
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Is it worth a visit? If money and time are no object, why not. However, if you have only a few places to try and are looking for value for money, I'd suggest you try somewhere else...
Salmon Tartare (Mine's better. Michelangelo presents it much better though)
3111, chemin St-Louis, Sainte-Foy(Québec)
Canada, G1W 1R6
T : 418.651.6262F : 418.651.6771
Friday, July 20, 2007
G/F 40 Gough StreetSheung WanHong KongTel. 2851 8498
HKD $1000 for us two (About CDN $140)
This is a second outing to L'Atelier; the first time it was in Las Vegas.
With water, a Kir Royal, 1/2 bottle of red, a cup of tea and 10% gratuities, our bill ended up at HKD $4,115.10 (about $550 CDN)
Monday, July 9, 2007
Various sushi (not quite on par with the ones we had at the fish market... obviously)
This dish (above) tasted like dirt. I am adventurous, but this was not a pleasant experience!