South East Asian Cuisine is really not my to eat list (Japanese/Chinese/Thai/Korean ~ you get the drift haa!!). There I said it!!!
I will any day prefer to have pasta than noodles or dumplings. The main reason being there are so many less options for vegetarian in the east asian cuisine in Delhi Restaurants and most of the time they are done to death same stuff!!
So when the opportunity arose for a Pan Asian dinner at Pan Asian Restaurant at WelcomHotel Sheraton Saket, with my food blogger friends, I was quite excited!! Being in company of my food blogger friends always makes me open up to trying out new things(gastronomically speaking) pretty fast!!
So, I hoped this dinner would make me finally warm up to Pan Asian cuisine.
Our Food Bloggers Table
We were ushered into the private dining room of the restaurant, which was tastefully decorated and attended by courteous staff.
We started off with and assortment of endimami beans, pickled vegetables and peanuts. I quite liked the tangy flavor of the vegetables.
The assorted sushi was then served and I was really pleasantly surprised that there was a vegetarian platter of sushi too!! It was my first try at sushi and I quite liked it(only if other restaurants served veg sushi!!)
We were introduced to Chef Nariyoshi Nakamura, a kind gentleman who graciously gave us a live demo of the tepiyaki grill.
Making the Miso Tofu steak, he made it look damn simple. However, when we tried our hand at it, it all went haywire, with the tofu over fried and smoke everywhere (we must have created quite a scene for the other patrons!!)
The dumplings were next on the menu and I simply loved the steamed veg dumpling, it was light, full of flavor and soft to bite.
The vegetable tempura served next was another revelation!! It was not anything I ever tasted before, especially the fried batter was really new to my taste buds, I could not put it in any category (no it wasnt chick pea, not rice flour for sure). But I like the softness of the batter which went well with the friend vegetables inside it :)
So, by now we were 2/3rd full in our tummies and told that the main course hadn't started!!
The soup was beautiful, liked the texture & bite of the tofu pieces in it.
On the main course (and in fact of the whole menu) - I tried only vegetarian items, so you can see the options I had were numerous inspite of being a Japanese cuisine :)
In the main course, I had KaengPhak, Mapo tofu & Hu nansucaiganguo with Jasmine rice and Asian stir friend noodles. The Jasmine rice was light (not at all sticky) and the stir fried noodles tasty.
And then, there was drama on the plate for us!!
A whole red snapper (actually Stir Fried Sliced Red Snapper Chili with Garlic Sauce) set aflame for us!! It was the moment of our dinner :)
The red snapper was tasty (as my friends told me so!!)
Finally, it was dessert time and we had Fig And Toffee Pudding & Darsaan. It was yumm!!!
It was a dinner which opened up my eyes to Pan asian cuisine and I can now very well say that Im warming up to it.
And I got the wonderful Pan Asian Restaurant to thank for it :)
You can check out more images of the wonderful dinner at my Facebook Page here.
You can check out other bloggers' review of dinner here:-