Bangalore has a mixed bag of weather surprises, from bright sunny afternoons to crazy down pour in the evenings. Crazy weather equals crazy appetite and cravings for all sorts of food. The rain makes me crave for piping hot soup or dig into some steamy dim sums, all to down with some lovely Jasmine tea.
I bet your taste buds are already salivating. Pan Asian cuisine just compliments this weather. I visited Shao, a fine dining restaurant that serves both Chinese and Thai. It is one of the five, fine dining restaurants housed at the Park Plaza, Bangalore.
I loved the entrance to the restaurant, it was tastefully set up, with chic interiors. The wall plates added a bit of creativity thrown in. Overall, I got a very warm and cozy feeling and was all set to dig into the Chef’s Special for the day.
The best part about dining at Shao is, at first glance you notice an all-women staff. Hats off to the management, you get bonus brownie points. The service was equally rich, with the waitress checking to make sure everything was to my satisfaction. Undue attention was paid to ensure my teacup was full and refilling everything I needed. I’m not being biased here, but these women were a class apart and full of passion and knew the menu and ingredients in each dish, which is very rare at restaurants. Again top marks for the well training staff.
What I had from the Chef’s special Menu!
(I was really hungry and as you can see from the images below, it was massive spread)
- Bok Choy Prawn Soup,
- Crispy Veg Wonton,
- Mongolian Lamb
- Assorted Dim sums (Pork/ Chicken Sui Mai & Prawn Har Gao)
Bok Choy Prawn Soup – is a very simple clear soup contains Bok Choy & Prawns and is just perfect. The portion was just right, that I emptied the entire bowl. The Gourmet crackers on the side was just to tempting to resist, I had to control myself to make way for the rest of the course.
Crispy Veg Wonton – Now this appetizer, what can I say, it just vanished as soon as I was done clicking the pic, it is a little veggie wonton, crispy and super tasty, if you add a bit of the sweet chilli sauce, it is sure to leave you satisfied!
Mongolian Lamb – This is a classic Chinese dish. I just love stir fries, and this one just blew me away. The lamb was so tender and absolutely delicious.
Assorted Dim sums – Pork Sui Mai & Chicken, Prawn Har Gao – Ah! Just look at those little morsels of ground meat wrapped with wonton skin, every bite had bursts of freshness and juicy goodness of the filling. Pure bliss.
Coconut Sorbet is used as cleansing the palate between courses of an Asian meal. It is, as the name suggests made of Coconut milk, not sweet, just a chilled ball of freshness!
- Singapore Noodles (Mix Meat),
- Sichuan Garlic Prawns,
- Chinese Greens & Water Chestnut,
- Chinese Wine – Fish,
- Classic Egg Fried Rice
So much of flavour and depth in every bite of the main course and was already full. Next to close the menu, was the much awaited dessert!
I quite liked this pancake, it was filled with dates and other fruits. Every bite was tempting me to eat more. The ice cream on the side was a great combination. A must try!
Chef Narender Singh, is a member of the prestigious Chaine des Rotisseurs. His resume is very impressive, before heading the Culinary team at Park Plaza, Bengaluru as Director of Culinary, Chef Narender has been associated with a number of International Hospitality brands and cruise liners in the Middle East, India and the US. He has been awarded by the White House, US President, and has hosted dinners for the President of India and for the Historic summit of Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistani President General Parvez Musharraf and number of Heads of State. He was recently awarded the Hotelier India Award 2015 – Chef of the Year.
The highlight of the afternoon was the fortune cookie served right at the end as a mini surprise. I was a kid again. I had one too many and forgot to capture my fortune images. But for what its worth, my fortune was right when I decided to dine at the Shao.
The entire experience of dining at Shao was a real treat. I enjoyed my meal and so full I just sat there sipping and savouring my jasmine tea and fortune cookies. Let me know what you think, if you have dined here before, under the comments section. Love to hear your thoughts.
About Park Plaza – The Park Plaza opened in 2011, is located in one of the busiest intersections at outer ring road in Marathahalli, this hotel promises to provide any Leisure or Business travellers a whole new experience. It is conveniently close to the major Business Tech Parks. It is reputed for its 5 fine dining restaurants all under one roof. The restaurants here serve up some gourmet dishes, be it Chinese, to Indian to the best steak house and an all-day dining experience, you can take your pick.
The hotel is about 45 mins away from the airport. The Park Plaza, Bangalore is part of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Situated on the main road, I didn’t quite feel or hear any of the hustle and bustle from the streets. The exquisite greenery and elegant ambience transported me away into another realm and the food kept me sated for my entire duration. Connect with Park Plaza
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