Oko Presents A Delectable Culinary Journey Across Asia

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Bangalore: Oko, the award winning rooftop Pan-Asian restaurant at the Lalit Ashok, invites you to a culinary feast this May 2011, as it celebrates its 2nd Anniversary with a month-long ‘Pan Asian Food Festival’. Masterchef Nimish Bhatia with his team of specialty chefs – Chef Liang Kain Wah, Chef Vijay Thapliyal and Chef Paithoon, have crafted four fabulous menus for the festival, showcasing the best of Oko’s offering, namely Japanese, Mandarin, Thai and Indonesian cuisine.  The Festival which begins on May 01st, 2011, offers diners the opportunity to savour each week, the finest from each of these cuisines starting with the Japanese Food Festival, followed by the MandarinFood Festival, the IndonesianFood Festival and finally ending with the ThaiFood Festival. Each week, an exclusive menu dedicated to one of the cuisines, blends the varied flavours and textures of Asian cuisine.  Beautifully presented dishes made from the very highest quality ingredients, promise to pamper your palate and tantalize your taste buds like never before. The menus includes a number of appealing choices for vegetarians as well as a plethora of non-vegetarian dishes from each of the four cuisines. Besides this, Oko’s stunning views of the city, refined yet relaxed ambience, great service, extensive selection of spirits and wines, ensure that all the elements are in place for that perfect evening out.

The festival menu is available for lunch and dinner at Oko. An average meal for two is Rs. 2500 plus tax. For reservations please contact – The Lalit Ashok at: +91 80 30527777, Kumara Krupa, High Grounds, Bangalore- 560001.

The first week of the Oko Food Festival is dedicated to Japanese cuisine from May 01st  – May 08th, 2011 and the menu includes an extesive selection of Sushi (both vegetarian and non vegetarian), Sashimi,Tempura, Miso Soup,Yaki Udon with vegetables and Chirashi Sushi, sushi rice in a bowl topped with various kind of sashimi . The Teppenyaki section includes the Tenderloin grilled with miso and vegetables and Chicken Teriyaki.

The second week offers a special Mandarin Menu from May 09th – May 15th, 2011, with popular dishes like the Kai Sui Mai, mince chicken steamed wontons, the slow roasted Pork with Chinese Five Spice along with specials like the  Sichuan Hot and Spicy Duck(imported duck with Sichuan Spicy Sauce)and theTai Cheuw Chow Sook Mai (crispy corn with trio pepper).

Moving on to the Indonesian Festival from May 16th to 22st with  an array of classic Indonesian fare including the Satay Tahu ,Garlic, Lemongrass & chilli marinated tofu, grilled & served with peanut sauce, Rendang Kambing, tender chunks of lamb cooked with kafir lime leaves, coconut milk & whole spices& served with roti cannai , the Nasi Kuning , rice cooked with fresh turmeric, coconut milk & pandana leaves and the Kepiting Saus Padang, crab in Padangese Sauce, which is a must try if you are a lover of seafood.

Finally the festival concludes with the Thai Festival from May 23ndMay 29th the menu showcases the favourites including Por Pia Phak, Thai spring rolls, served with sweet chilli plum sauce, Nuae Naman Haoy, Thai style tenderloin with oystersauceand Kaeng Kali Chae, assorted vegetables cooked in Thai yellow curry.

About The Lalit Ashok:

Centrally located in Kumara Krupa high grounds of Bangalore, the hotel has 186-rooms. The Lalit Ashok is built on a 10.33-acre site with extensive landscaped gardens, which overlooks an 18-hole Golf Course, with key government offices and commercial centers within close proximity and offers 18 suites, 21 Clubrooms and 147 Deluxe Rooms

The hotel has many creative dining options – Baluchi specializes North Eastern frontier food from Baluchistan and offers glorious dishes such as succulent kebab platters, fragrant biryanis and Thande kebabs. The recently launched OKO, a PAN Asian restaurant, serves a combination of Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Malaysian cuisines. OKO, along with its unique ambience offers, authentic Sushi, Alfresco, Teppanyaki and Oriental Grill. The 24/7 Coffee Shop is trendy, bright and interactive and aptly reflects Bangalore’s evolving lifestyle. Sutra, the contemporary lounge bar serves signature cocktails whipped up by expert bartenders and spills over into a charming courtyard. The large sprawling garden and the deck chairs by the azure pool are ideal for relaxation. The Pastry Shop, stocks large variety of cakes, cookies, gateaux and savories.

The Lalit Ashok reflects the city’s spirit in a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary sophistication. With a splendid legacy and a pulse on the present, The Lalit Ashok has transformed into one of the preferred destinations in the city’s booming hospitality sector.

About Bharat Hotels Ltd:

The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group (an enterprise of Bharat Hotels Limited) presently offers 17 hotels in the five-star deluxe segment, with eight operational and nine to open shortly, all under The Lalit banner. The properties are known for their spectacular settings and locations. The operating hotels include The Lalit New Delhi, The Lalit Ashok Bangalore, The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur, The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho, Intercontinental The Lalit Mumbai, Intercontinental The Lalit Goa Resort, The Lalit Grand Palace Srinagar and recently opened The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal, Kerala. The under construction hotels, scheduled to open between 2010 – 2012 are located in Kolkata, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Noida, Dehradun, Dubai and Koh Samui (Thailand).

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