Dakshin: A Journey Through Authentic South Indian Cuisine at ITC Grand Central, Mumbai

Dakshin: A Journey Through Authentic South Indian Cuisine at ITC Grand Central, Mumbai

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Published on October 2, 2023

In the heart of Parel, Mumbai, Dakshin, a renowned premium South Indian fine dining restaurant, has found a new home at ITC Grand Central, continuing its legacy of 34 years. The restaurant’s roots date back to 1989 when a team led by Chef Praveen Anand embarked on a culinary journey to revive the disappearing lifestyle of peninsular India through Southern cooking.

Dakshin's commitment to quality and authenticity has always been at its core. The menu, curated after extensive testing and food tasting sessions, pays tribute to the rich culinary traditions of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Pondicherry.

The newly introduced Dakshin at ITC Grand Central warmly welcomes guests with a 'Vanakkam' greeting and a fragrant jasmine coil, reminiscent of South Indian heritage. The highlight of the restaurant is its guided dining concept, offering four set menus from different Southern states, including Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry, with clear choices for both vegetarian (Saivam) and non-vegetarian (Asaivam) preferences.

The immersive dining experience unfolds with a menu walkthrough, highlighting Taste & Flavour Notes, Textures to expect, Spice Blends, and seasonal Chutney of the day. Guests can choose from the elaborate Sampoornam, a seafood trail called Matsyam, or 'No Onion & No Garlic' options to suit their preferences.

Dakshin's culinary journey began in 1989, with a vision to recreate the splendor of Southern cooking and preserve the disappearing lifestyle of peninsular India. Top chefs from different regions of the South collaborated to offer an authentic taste of their respective cuisines. Today, Dakshin stands as a testament to the diverse and unique flavors of South Indian cuisine, bringing together different regional culinary traditions under one roof.

The brand's expansion to ITC Grand Central in Mumbai marks a continuation of its 34-year legacy, offering patrons an opportunity to explore the rich and varied tastes of the Southern states. With interiors reflecting the essence of South Indian culture, including wood accents, brass chandeliers, traditional statues, and soothing Carnatic music, Dakshin creates an immersive dining experience.

Dakshin's commitment to authenticity extends to its choice of ingredients and cooking techniques, ensuring that each dish reflects the traditions and flavors of its place of origin. From the use of coconut oil in Kerala to sesame oil and ghee in Tamil Nadu, Dakshin pays meticulous attention to regional nuances.

The simplified menu, presented with temple-like doors, guides guests through the culinary journey, explaining each dish and categorizing them by region. Chef's curated menus are available for Saivam (vegetarian), Asaivam (non-vegetarian), and Matsam (seafood), offering a diverse range of choices for all tastes.

Dakshin's dedication to perfection and authenticity makes it a destination for connoisseurs and novices alike, offering a true taste of South Indian cuisine that transports diners to the homes of the region's diverse communities.

Celebrate IPL Season with Special Menu at Nusa Brewvilla, Bengaluru

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 19, 2024

As the IPL season heats up, Nusa Brewvilla in Bengaluru is the perfect venue to catch the cricket fever with its specially curated IPL Special Menu, available until May 26th. This vibrant spot in Gunjur Village has become a hub for both cricket enthusiasts and food lovers looking to enjoy the game in a lively atmosphere.

The menu kicks off with "Cheese Sixers", featuring tantalizing Mozzarella Fritters and Cheese Fondue served with crispy Bread Sticks. For those seeking a heartier meal, the "Whisky Glazed Royal Challengers Wings" offer a robust flavor experience, with tender chicken wings bathed in a whisky-infused sauce that promises to ignite your taste buds.

Complementing the food offerings, Nusa Brewvilla introduces an array of special cocktails crafted to match the intensity of the matches. Highlights include the "Ee Sala Drink Namde" and the "Whisky Rider", each designed to cater to diverse palates and elevate the overall dining experience during the matches.

Nusa Brewvilla ensures that every match day is an event, with a culinary lineup that celebrates the spirit of IPL. Whether you're cheering for a win or need a little comfort after a tough game, the Brewvilla has something special for every cricket fan.



Event Date: Until May 26th

Location: Nusa Brewvilla, 23-A, Chaithanya Sharan X, Gunjur Village, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560087

Price: Starting from Rs. 345 onwards

Contact: 099165 55499

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Parina Dhilla at Pitch Perfect on 9036481275. Don't miss out on this unique blend of sports excitement and culinary delight at Nusa Brewvilla this IPL season!

Celebrate Vishu with a Special Brunch at The Den Bengaluru

Celebrate Vishu with a Special Brunch at The Den Bengaluru

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 14, 2024

As the Malayalam New Year, Vishu, draws near, The Den Bengaluru is excited to host a special brunch to celebrate this auspicious occasion. Scheduled for April 14, 2024, the brunch is a tribute to the joy, abundance, and togetherness that Vishu signifies.

This exclusive event will be held at The Creek within The Den and will run from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Guests are invited to indulge in a carefully curated brunch prepared by our very own Executive Chef Vineeth Jayan, who hails from Guruvayur, Kerala. With a deep-rooted passion for his culinary heritage, Chef Vineeth is set to bring the authentic flavours of Kerala to the table.

The menu will feature a variety of traditional Kerala dishes, including the rich coconut-based Avial, the flavorful Thoran, and the comforting Olan. Dessert lovers can rejoice in the sweet notes of Ada Pradhaman among other delights. Each dish is crafted to evoke the essence of Kerala's famed cuisine, ensuring a memorable dining experience that resonates with the spirit of Vishu.


Prices for the brunch are set at INR 2199++ per person for the non-alcoholic version and INR 2999++ per person for the brunch that includes Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL).

To secure your spot at this not-to-be-missed celebration, please call +080 71117272 or +91 9513677272 for reservations. Celebrate the new beginnings and cultural heritage of Kerala with us at The Den Bengaluru's Vishu Brunch.

Caffe Allora Elevates Bangalore's Culinary Scene with New Outlet Launch

Caffe Allora Elevates Bangalore's Culinary Scene with New Outlet Launch

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Published on April 13, 2024

Introducing Caffe Allora's latest venture: the grand opening of its sixth outlet at Phoenix Mall of Asia, Bangalore. This marks a significant milestone in the renowned Italian bistro's expansion strategy, promising to enrich Bangalore's culinary landscape and reinforce Caffe Allora's position as a premier café chain in the country.

Caffe Allora embodies the essence of family-run Italian trattorias, offering the warmth and authenticity of traditional Italian dining. Its menu boasts meticulously crafted pizzas, pastas, risottos, and antipasti, catering to every palate with a symphony of flavors.

Patrons can delight in signature 15” pizzas, featuring the unique option for two toppings side-by-side, or indulge in authentic Napoli (Neapolitan) pizzas, available in various sizes. Beyond pizzas, the culinary offerings include a diverse selection of soups, salads, small plates, sandwiches, pastas, and risottos. Committed to freshness and sustainability, the restaurant allows patrons to pick fresh basil leaves from its hydroponics set-up for a true farm-to-table experience.


In addition to its exquisite cuisine, Caffe Allora at Phoenix Mall of Asia, Bangalore, offers an ambiance that goes beyond the ordinary, inviting patrons to unwind and socialize in style. With a thoughtfully curated selection of beverages, including expertly crafted coffees, refreshing lemonades, artisanal juices, and an extensive array of wine, beer, and cocktails, it promises a complete dining experience.

Commenting on the launch, Prashant Issar, Director of Bellona Hospitality Service Limited, expressed excitement about the expansion, highlighting the brand's commitment to excellence and confidence in Bangalore's dynamic market.

The opening of Caffe Allora's sixth outlet at Phoenix Mall of Asia, Bangalore, reflects the brand's dedication to expanding its presence while maintaining its fundamental principles of culinary mastery and exceptional hospitality. As Caffe Allora continues to redefine social dining, patrons can anticipate nothing less than an extraordinary culinary journey at each of its outlets.

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