Bavarian food, Indian beer: Oktoberfest at Sheraton Bangalore

I was traveling out of the country for two weeks, and thus missed most of the Oktoberfest festivities. I did manage to catch the Sheraton’s Oktoberfest that’s part of the Feast buffet, since they’ve made it a 17 day affair (on until November 3) this time around. Executive Chef Bela being German, this is one time when they don’t need to fly in a specialist of the cuisine from someplace else, therefore allowing for a long festival. Kingfisher Draught beer and excellent Bavarian (where Oktobefest has its roots) and German food, along with a little 3 piece band playing old standards, and the blue and white patterned flags and table cloths, as well as the beer steins made it all quite charming.

Pretzelicious
Pretzelicious

I was impressed that Chef had quite a few veg options this time around. One does not generally think of veg food and Oktoberfest in the same breath, and I had warned my mother, who happened to be in town, that she would probably find more in the Indian and Asian sections of the buffet. Turns out, I needn’t have worried! We both stayed only on the German section and were full and sated without needing to step anywhere else. Two kinds of German potato salad (one pure veg, one with bacon), an assortment of salads and fresh baked breads, and a soup got things started.

Perfect Pastry
Perfect Pastry

On our table the bread basket had one of those heavy, big pretzels that I dug right into. In the main course, there was a delicious bread and mushroom dish, German potato dumplings, a pork meatloaf that could be topped with gravy and a fried egg (yum!), German sausages, sauerkraut, red cabbage, SpƤtzle with bacon, minced chicken in a puff pastry (loved the presentation even more than the dish), mini beef patties and a couple more dishes. Now you see why we did not need to head to any other section of the buffet! Chef did say the food would be rich and heavy!

Surprising dessert
Surprising dessert

Apart from the usual dessert section, there were a handful of German dessert specials that were available in the Oktoberfest section. A very decadent looking and quite superb Black Forest cake, apple strudel, gateaux, fresh made pancakes with a choice of vanilla, mixed berry or chocolate sauce, and the new and interesting item for me, an yeast preparation that resembled the Vietnamese Bao. I had to try this, and it was a large and quite dense item, that was slathered in butter and accompanied by vanilla sauce. Not sweet and quite mild in flavor, I found myself liking it a lot! A relaxed evening and good food with free flowing beer…quite lovely!

Natasha Ali

Natasha's first foray into food writing has been with Chef at Large. Who knew all those years spent eating food, reading about it and looking for the next restaurant to try or watching cooking shows would have left such an indelible impression?! She's back in India after having spent over a decade in the US where she studied as well as taught in academia and now works as a content writer seeing as she can write about pretty much anything. Movie mad, obsessed with the English language, and never one to turn down a glass of good wine, cup of tea, or a good book, she's open to trying any dish once, she enjoys a variety of cuisines with favorites being Ethiopian, Thai, and Lebanese. Natasha covers Bangalore for Chef at Large and can be reached at natasha.ali@www.chefatlarge.in