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Cherish and relish

(12/14/2011)

On the menu today: Two delicious discoveries thanks to three fabulous friends. I love the suburbs and invariably find them packed with super surprises.

In Versova, I lunch with the founder-director of a 24-hour food channel, who is now all set to open a Pan Asian cafe and so amongst other things multi-talented Sanjeev Kapoor has been perfecting the fine art of dimsum. His wife Alyona (whose mother is an outstanding cook, and sister, a chef) and their lovely daughters Rachita and Kriti are equally passionate about food. "I am the face," says Sanjeev, as we nibble the afternoon away "but my wife is the backbone of my work."

Dimsum and more
A must visit. Moderately priced, delicate dimsum and homestyle Cantonese are enough reasons to get me eating in Versova's new restaurant regularly. Add to that a charming, cozy eatery and a talented young chef-owner Tenzin Kalden and you have a winner. Having perfected her Chinese cooking at the Taj's Golden Dragon and then a Thai restaurant abroad, Tenzin and her husband Lalit Bhatnagar serve up moist dimsums. "And more" includes soups, wok-tossed dishes, rice, noodles and satays.

Go for the dimsum. Steaming hot in cane baskets: soft and moist Chicken Kothe, Fish Suimai, Prawns Suimai, where the thin skin of the dimsum clasps the tender and flavourful meat in a moist embrace. The veg dimsum platter has just the perfect crunch and bite of veggies. Predictable accompaniments of soya sauce, garlic-chilli sauce, schezwan sauce, mustard sauce are provided.

Though perfectly happy to make a meal of dimsum, we check out the Chicken Dry Red Chilli stir-fried to perfection and the salted Crispy Corn with Wild Pepper. Veg Burnt Garlic Fried Rice is humdrum as is the Veg Moon Faan Rice, but the Chicken in Broccoli Oyster Sauce and Chicken in the tangy hot garlic sauce more than makes up for that. The oversauced Chicken Chilli Garlic Noodles are avoidable. Chocolate Dimsum makes for an unusual sweet finale. It's the dimsums (average price of a dimsum basket Rs 150.) which will bring us back. Soon.

Source: The Times of India

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.