Fried ice-cream, it’s divine
Their Mongolian culinary
Want to have an outlandish lunch (Gua Bao, Korean Kimchi, Asparagus Maki or fried ice-cream – slurrrp!)? You ought to visit Pan Asian, ITC Maratha. You’ll have a gastronimical experience of a lifetime.
Where: Pan Asian, ITC Maratha, Mumbai (Andheri)
Meal for two: Rs.3500 plus taxes (for vegetarians)
Usually my idea of a lazy lunch is some cheesy pasta and pizza with lots of beer! So when my friend suggested we try out Pan Asian food at ITC Maratha, I wasn’t really over the moon. But I went along.
Although my mind was set on Thai food, I looked at the menu anyway. Gawking at all the exotic dishes they served, it didn’t take me even two seconds to change my mind. So, while I decided to try Japanese and Chinese, my friends decided to test the waters with Mongolian.
But before ordering our outlandish fare (Gua Bao, Korean Kimchi and Asparagus Maki – slurrrp!), we had to start with our staple Som Tam salad (Thai). The crunchy raw papaya salad set us in the perfect mood for the rest of the meal.
Then came stir fried Black Bean Tofu and some Dim Sums. The tofu just melted in my mouth and I couldn’t help eating about five of them (that’s the liberty you can’t take with paneer!). Even the Dim Sums were scrumptious. Although I liked the spinach ones better than the carrot ones.
Later we were served Chef’s Liang Xiaq Qing veg sizzling rice with sweet and sour sauce (Gua Bao). This is a must-try for vegetarian foodies. Since we don’t have many options when it comes to exotic Asian dishes, sizzling rice is as fascinating as it can get. Word of advice though, have it while it’s served for the crackling effect.
Sizzling rice was followed by Asparagus Maki and Korean Kimchi. While sushi is definitely not for the fainthearted, thanks to the stinging power of wasabi, if you want a hair-raising experience –try it! You won’t forget Chef Kazuhiro Koizumi for weeks. For more tastebud thrill follow it up with spicy cabbage pickle Korean Kimchi!
After our spicy pit stop, it was time for some Mongolian cuisine. Sadly, Mongolian Veg Noodles didn’t live up to my ‘exotic’ expectations. It was strictly okay. That’s why we decided to order Thai food, my favourite, next. Prepared by Aphaimanee Phaprom, Veg Red Thai Curry served with jasmine rice was heavenly. I enjoyed it more because it came without MSG!
Now it was time for some dessert. Since we were on an experimental spree, we couldn’t have not ordered fried ice-cream! Yes you read it right fried ice-cream! The idea of ice-cream being fried, gave us a very greasy and messy picture. But we were completely and utterly taken by surprise. And in combination with fresh fruits and some white wine, it was a gastronimical experience that’s indescribable.
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