Savour The Far Eastern Cuisine At Home

Updated: Oct 20 2002, 05:30am hrs
A South Asian cuisine restaurant has opened up at the Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai, which is a welcome break for people living on this side of the city. The other well known far eastern fare serving restaurants are in the downtown area.

The restaurant, Far East, at the Rodas, serves popular dishes from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and China. However, to start with, it is open only for dinner. Executive chef Nilesh Limaye says that there are some select dishes that have become popular here by the word of mouth and thats what the guests come for again and again. The spacious 72-seater restaurant affords a lovely view with its glass walls. We decided to have popular dishes from across the countries of the Far East, he adds. The Indonesian style Gado Gado Salad (Rs 180) with peanut sauce perks one up. The Thai style Somtam Salad (Rs 180), raw papaya with kaffir and lime leaves, is simply a tongue tickler. Crunchy and tangy! The saucesBertolli olive oil, Barilla pasta sauce and some other Chinese saucesare supplied by R R Oomberbhoy Ltd.

Skip the soup if you want to enjoy the huge fare that follows next. Vegetarians can feast on the Malaysian style Nasi Lemak (Rs 135), a delicious rice preparation with coconut milk. Spike it with vegetable Malay curry (Rs 185), again made with coconut milk, and savour the true Malaysian delicacy. If youd like it spicy, request the chef to make it so. The food is made to order. Dig into it heartily.

If youd like a chicken dish to go with the rice, go for the Phoenix Gai (Rs 200), spicy shredded chicken with green and red pepper. Slurp on the chicken satay (Rs 200) or the prawn satay (Rs 225). The two can spoil your choice for once.

From the Mandarin dishes, check out the Schezwan Gai (Rs 200), a spicy chilli chicken. The pan fried prawns in a thick gravy of flour and coconut cream, prawns in Burmese curry (Rs 275), are very popular here. Its preparation is unusual. There is no fire to the prawn dish, but its appeal cannot be resisted. The crispy lamb (Rs 225) is worth ones repeat visit to the restaurant. The portions served are substantial and the meal requires a huge appetite.

The desserts are Chef Limayes own creations. The Coco Mocho (Rs 110), coconut cream with banana, pineapple, water chestnuts served with roasted poha, is simply ravishing. It is served in a coconut shell and the portion is really filling. Check out the coconut ice cream with lichees (Rs 110). You wont complain!

SULEKHA NAIR