Y’all know I love the Sheraton Bangalore’s Feast restaurant and their ah-mazing buffet. And the fact that they come up with a food festival on a particular country’s cuisine, every month or so. This time they’ve turned to East Asia, and brought us Chinese food, with chef for the occasion, Chinese Master Chef Thi Giang, presiding over the festivities. Here for the duration of the festival (October 14th) from Sheraton Saigon’s Li Bai restaurant, the diminutive, ever-smiling chef is whipping up fresh, simple, and flavorful dishes. Also, in Chinese cooking, a Master Chef specializes in one set of dishes and is not master of all. So dim sum was not on offer, but instead we got a superb mixed seafood wanton soup, created at a live station.
Starters included spinach salad, cucumber in soya, green papaya in sweet and sour sauce and lotus root salad. Chef prepared wok-fried chicken Kungpao, with cashews, and there was also a delightful seafood fried rice. Steamed grouper in traditional style and wok-fried prawn with spicy sauce made this is a high on seafood meal, which is great for seafood lovers, and if you’re not, then well, the Kungpao chicken is delicately gingery and very tasty! There were also a couple of vegetarian stir-fry options. The dessert choice is a sweet soup of red bean and lotus seed or water chestnut and white fungus, or sweetened bean curd skin, daphnia and pistachio. Not really my thing, so I headed over to the main buffet’s large dessert section and enjoyed the chocolate pudding (served hot and one of my favorites on the menu), amongst other sweet nothings.
The buffet at the Sheraton is always worth it, what with the choice of cuisines and desserts and the lovely ambiance, and if Chinese food the way they would eat it there is of interest, go before next week. As we all know, Indian-Chinese is a beast of a different nature, as is American Chinese. The lunch buffet is 1045++ and dinner’s 1195++. Oh and I almost forgot-they are customizing cocktails/mocktails to your Chinese Zodiac sign during the Chinese Fest!