Loya: Bengaluru's Newest Culinary Gem

Loya: Bengaluru's Newest Culinary Gem

By Author

Published on September 6, 2023

After a successful debut at The Taj Palace, New Delhi, the Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) proudly presents Loya, its flagship North Indian concept restaurant, at Taj West End, Bengaluru. Loya promises an extraordinary gastronomic journey, from the Himalayan foothills to the lush terrains of Punjab and the snow-clad peaks of Kashmir.

Derived from Bakarwal shepherds, 'Loya' embodies the spirit of joyous feasting and camaraderie. The restaurant's menu resurrects forgotten culinary traditions and authentic recipes, using heirloom ingredients. Loya shines a spotlight on time-honored cooking techniques like dungaar (smoking and slow-cooking), baghar (spices tempered in hot oil), sigdi (cooking over an open fire), and the art of pounding masalas with a sil-batta (pestle and mortar). Loya 'Paanch,' the bar philosophy, blends the charm of the past with modern refinement, offering indigenous beverages and a contemporary twist on local spirits.

Beyond the tantalizing flavors and aromas, Loya's design seamlessly blends elegance and nostalgia. The ambiance features grand arches, intricate motifs, and outdoor spaces adorned with natural rocks, boulders, and Himalayan spring-inspired aquatic elements. Adding the final touch to the quintessential North Indian experience is Loya's curated music by Shreyas Patkar, featuring folk tunes, traditional rhythms, and soul-stirring compositions.

This second outpost of Loya comes on the heels of its triumphant debut at The Taj Palace, New Delhi, last year. The restaurant aims to captivate diners with the diverse flavors and rich heritage of North Indian cuisine, making it an exciting addition to Bengaluru's culinary scene.

Loya's Culinary Journey

Loya's journey began with an extensive exploration of North Indian cuisine. A dedicated team of chefs embarked on a research mission, uncovering the region's diverse ingredients and culinary techniques. This deep dive into North India's culinary heritage forms the foundation of Loya's menu and experience.

Loya's commitment to authenticity extends beyond its menu. The restaurant's design and decor pay homage to North Indian traditions, with walls adorned with ancient inscriptions and khatiya-themed placemats. The space also includes exclusive zones, such as the champagne room, offering bespoke services, and the Delhi lounge called Qissa, where guests are encouraged to sit, relax, and share stories—a practice rooted in the tradition of bonding as the sun sets.

Heart-y Drinks

At Loya, the art of crafting drinks takes center stage. Following the philosophy of HEART (Harmony, Experimental, Authentic, Reverence, and The Spirit), the bar menu offers a range of unique cocktails that capture the essence of North India.

One standout drink is the Sparkling Sangria, a delightful blend of gin and sparkling wine with saffron strands that provide a sweet and refreshing finish. The Mulethi cocktail, featuring gin and an in-house citrus concoction, incorporates the herb liquorice, known for its Ayurvedic properties in treating common colds.

Many of Loya's drinks are accompanied by chaats that tantalize the palate, offering a unique twist to the traditional pairing of snacks with drinks.

Food from the Northern Hinterlands

Loya's culinary offerings are rooted in restoration and tradition. The open kitchen showcases long-forgotten cooking tools and techniques from North India's hinterlands. For example, the traditional dhungar method, involving charcoal and clarified butter, infuses a smoky flavor into dishes like Loya Dum Murgh.

The menu boasts a diverse array of dishes, including Sepu Wadi (urad dal dumplings stewed in a tomato-based curry) and Seviyan Pulao (vermicelli and rice cooked in a dum-sealed pot). The use of clarified butter adds richness and aroma to many dishes, creating a delightful culinary experience.

In summary, Loya is a welcome addition to Bengaluru's culinary landscape, offering a unique blend of North Indian flavors and culinary traditions. Whether you're a connoisseur of North Indian cuisine or looking to expand your palate, Loya promises an unforgettable dining experience.

For a glimpse of the Loya menu, here are some recommended dishes and drinks:

Food:

Kunni Murgh

Sepu Wadi

Kala Moti Gucchi Pulao

Drinks:

The Sparkling Saffron

Mountain Margarita

Indus G&T

Price for two: Approximately Rs 6,400, excluding alcohol.

Loya's meticulous attention to detail, commitment to authenticity, and innovative approach to cocktails make it a must-visit for those seeking an exploration of North Indian cuisine in Bengaluru.


Chef Joel Basumatari’s "Seven Spices Up North" Pop-Up Takes Over Courtyard by Marriott, Mumbai

Chef Joel Basumatari’s "Seven Spices Up North" Pop-Up Takes Over Courtyard by Marriott, Mumbai

By Shreenidhi Jagannathan

Published on June 18, 2024

The Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai International Airport, in partnership with Gormei, renowned for curating exceptional culinary experiences, proudly presents "Seven Spices Up North"—a unique dining adventure curated by acclaimed Chef Joel Basumatari. Ranked #27 on India's Top 30 Chefs list by Culinary Culture, Chef Joel will showcase the vibrant flavors of Naga cuisine at the Momo Cafe from June 14th to June 23rd, 2024.

Victor Chen, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai International Airport, expressed his enthusiasm: "We are thrilled to welcome Chef Basumatari. His expertise in Naga cuisine offers a unique opportunity for our diners to explore bold and beautiful flavors. At Courtyard by Marriott, we strive to curate unforgettable experiences, and the 'Seven Spices Up North' pop-up promises to be a culinary adventure for all."

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Chef Basumatari's specially curated menu highlights the versatility and health benefits of Naga cuisine. Diners can look forward to a variety of dishes, including steaming hot pots, live cooking stations, flavorful soups, appetizers, and mains. Each meal can be completed with fluffy rice, decadent desserts, and a variety of condiments to enhance the dining experience. Signature dishes include:

  • Dohneiiong: A traditional dish from Meghalaya featuring tender pork cooked with black sesame paste and aromatic spices.
  • Masor Bor: A delightful fish dumpling soup made with ground fish paste, herbs, and spices, offering a burst of flavors with every spoonful.
  • Millet Cannoli: A fusion dessert that combines the Italian cannoli with millet for a unique and delicious treat.
  • Masor Tenga: A tangy fish curry from Assam made with souring agents like tomatoes, lemon, or dried kokum, giving it a refreshing and zesty flavor profile.
  • Oma Bedor Saonia: A traditional Naga dish featuring smoked pork cooked with fermented bamboo shoots and fiery Naga chili peppers, resulting in a smoky, spicy, and aromatic curry.
  • Kenie Thevü Gacha: A comforting rice porridge from Nagaland made with locally-grown sticky rice and served with various toppings such as boiled eggs, vegetables, and pickles.

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Chef Basumatari aims to introduce diners to the unique ingredients and intriguing flavor profiles of Naga cuisine. "Naga cuisine is a hidden gem, celebrating fresh, local produce and traditional cooking methods," he said. "My menu for 'Seven Spices Up North' is a vibrant exploration of these elements. I want diners to experience the warmth and hospitality integral to Naga culture through food. Whether you're a seasoned foodie or curious to try something new, this pop-up at Courtyard by Marriott, Mumbai will be an unforgettable culinary adventure."

Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to experience the magic of Naga cuisine at MoMo Cafe, Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai International Airport.

Venue: MoMo Cafe, Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai International Airport, Lobby Level, CTS 215, Opposite Carnival Cinemas, Andheri Kurla Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400059

Dates: June 14th to June 23rd, 2024

Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Price: INR 2375++

For reservations and more information, visit the Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai International Airport website.


Mayenda Introduces Reposado Double Cask: A New Era in Sipping Tequila

Mayenda Introduces Reposado Double Cask: A New Era in Sipping Tequila

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on June 16, 2024

Mayenda Tequila, known for its innovative approach to tequila-making, has just launched its latest creation: Mayenda Tequila Reposado Double Cask. This new addition to the Mayenda lineup offers an elevated sipping experience, perfect for those looking to savor a refined tequila this summer.

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Building on the success of Mayenda Blanco, the first tequila made with the brand's unique process of infusing roasted agave and agave miel (honey) before the final distillation, the Reposado Double Cask takes things a step further. This tequila undergoes a six-month aging process in a combination of American and European oak barrels, enhancing its complexity and depth.

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Jesus Susunaga, Maestro Tequilero at Casa San Nicolás, explains the inspiration behind the new release: “With Mayenda Blanco, we knew we had unlocked new possibilities for expressing deeper flavors of the agave, thanks to the two extra steps in our signature process; yet it still felt like we had only scratched the surface of what was possible. When developing our Reposado, we decided to employ a double cask maturation and longer aging process. This resulted in an exceptionally smooth and balanced, aged tequila that maintains the soul of our beloved Blanco.”

Mayenda's signature process starts with 100% Blue Weber agave, grown in the highlands of Jalisco. The roasted agave and agave miel infusion before the final distillation step adds unique, naturally deepened notes of roasted agave and herbal complexity. This process sets Mayenda apart from other premium tequilas, creating a soulful, honeyed, and multi-dimensional flavor profile.

For the Reposado Double Cask, the tequila is aged in both American and European oak barrels. The American oak imparts rich, sweet notes of butterscotch, honeycomb, and vanilla, while the European oak adds a dry, spicy, and earthy profile with hints of cinnamon, chamomile, and red apple. This careful balance of flavors is achieved through a longer aging process of six months, compared to the typical two to three months for most Reposado tequilas.

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Every drop of Mayenda Tequila is meticulously blended by Susunaga and his team at Casa San Nicolás to ensure the highest quality and consistency. Susunaga's extensive experience with aged spirits has enabled him to master this delicate craft, pioneering a new type of tequila in Mayenda.

Mayenda Reposado Double Cask can be enjoyed neat or in elevated cocktails like the Morita Martini or Elevated Paloma. Recipes and more information are available on the Mayenda website.

This elegant sipping tequila will be available in select retailers in the United States and Mexico starting June 2024, with a suggested retail price of $75 USD per 750 mL bottle or 1,445 Pesos in Mexico. As always, please sip responsibly.

For more about Mayenda Tequila and its innovative process, visit mayendatequila.com.


Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli Unveils TG’s - The Oriental Grill

Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli Unveils TG’s - The Oriental Grill

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on June 16, 2024

Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli proudly announces the grand opening of TG’s The Oriental Grill, a new Teppanyaki restaurant set to redefine the culinary landscape in Hyderabad. This modern dining venue features a vibrant array of Japanese and other Far Eastern cuisines, including Thai, Indonesian, and Vietnamese, all expertly prepared live on Teppanyaki grills.

TG’s The Oriental Grill embraces the philosophy of “Eat what you see!”, promoting transparency and engagement in the dining experience. Guests can witness their meals being prepared right before their eyes, turning dining into a captivating culinary performance. The talented chefs not only cook but also entertain, showcasing their skills and creating an interactive dining atmosphere.

Located within the elegant Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli, TG’s offers more than just a meal – it provides a complete sensory experience. Diners are encouraged to interact with the chefs, ask questions about the dishes, and request personalized modifications to suit their tastes. This direct engagement adds a personal touch and deepens the appreciation of the cuisine.

The ambiance at TG’s exudes the warmth of an opulent living room, creating a perfect setting for an unforgettable culinary journey. Every detail, from the stylish decor to the impeccable service, is thoughtfully designed to enhance the dining experience.

TG’s chefs use only the freshest ingredients to craft mouthwatering Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, and Vietnamese dishes. The live preparation ensures that each dish is bursting with flavor and freshness. The chefs' interaction with guests goes beyond cooking; they share culinary techniques and stories, enriching the dining experience.

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“At Hyatt Gachibowli, we strive to create unforgettable moments for our guests,” said Somnath Dey, General Manager of Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli. “With the introduction of TG's - The Oriental Grill, we are looking to transform the culinary scene in Hyderabad by offering a wide range of Japanese and other Far Eastern cuisines like Thai, Indonesian, and Vietnamese, all prepared live on Teppanyaki grills right in front of you. The launch of TG's marks a significant milestone for us, demonstrating our unwavering commitment to culinary excellence. We warmly invite our guests to join us on this magical culinary journey and witness the excitement of our live Teppanyaki kitchen. We guarantee to excite your taste buds and ignite the inner chef in you. Indulge in our delectable dishes, witness the mesmerizing show, and depart with cherished memories of a dining experience unlike any other.”

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TG’s The Oriental Grill at Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli offers a dining experience that goes beyond the ordinary. Whether you're a fan of Japanese cuisine or eager to explore other Far Eastern flavors, TG’s provides an engaging and memorable dining adventure.

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