Seasonal Tastes from Westin is known for its humongous spread of buffet with delicacies that pleases everyone’s palate and is also a popular and favorite among Corporates. Food festivals are something which adds extra benefit to such place and also to their frequent guests who doesn’t get bored with almost similar menu every other day ( though it is rotational).
#TastesOfMaharashtra is the answer from Westin which boasts of the delicious street food and mains of Maharashtra and few best of the dishes from Malvani and Konkan. Chef Mukesh and his team has ensured to get a specialty chef – Uday, for this festival from Mumbai ( works for Courtyard , Mariott) who ensured to keep the dishes as authentic as possible and has not altered to suit to different palates, which is a big plus and is something that I haven’t expected.
The first thing that rings our nose when we hear about Maharashtra food is Vada Pav. Back then, when my roomie who hails from Mumbai used to say how people just have vada pav as their dinner – I used to wonder ( infact laugh) how they can fill their stomach with such a thing. Only after I tried, I understood why is that. Very light on stomach yet you feel satisfied. Chef Uday also ensured that I relish the same taste here and must say, it was real good. Also tried Tawa Pulav, which is available across the streets of Mumbai which was equally delicious. Don’t worry! They have everyone’s favorite misal pav, usal pav and pav bhaji too.
After so many beauties just for starters and thought this cant get any better, I bumped into a new dish –
#JhunkaBhakar – deliciously made with soft besan dough sautéed in oil along with Mustard seeds. One of the #traditional dishes among maharashtrian’s, is also called as pitla (however pitla in telangana is cooked in a different style) and is also termed as poor man’s food as this is often had in their lunches which gives them strength besides being cheaper. The then Maharashtra’s Govt passed a scheme through which #JhunkaBhakar used to be sold at a price as low as 1/-. This popular dish is also sold across the streets of Mumbai and is also enjoyed as a snack by many. No wonder, Mukesh Ambani and Sachin themselves came down to enjoy this dish then (Information shared by the Chef ) . On a lighter note, we even suggested that it can be served as a veg haleem during Ramadan season; that good it was 🙂
Among mains – Urda Methi, Malvani Chole and Kholapuri Paneer stole the show. Urda Methi – a regular household dish, prepared with urad dal,onion aur methi tasted heavenly when had with Indian bread. Malvani Chole is something that is relished in every street, household of Malvani region. Goes best with puri and roti.
Narali chicken – another malvani style dish which has grated coconut and onion paste gravy had succulent chicken pieces and was scrumptious. Mutton Khanda was no less and had one of the finest and juiciest/soft mutton chunks I ever had.
After such huge and appetizing starters and mains – a rich and gorgeous end is mandatory. What better can it get when you have toothsome Modak, mouth-watering puran poli and tasty shrikand. While I enjoyed first 2 desserts, shrikand was too sweet for me to have more than 2 spoons. Their regular desserts has a fan following , should you know about it. I personally loved their Gulab Jamun Cheesecake and pinna cotta.
Sadly, the festival comes to an end on 26th May – So rush before the festival comes to the close. This festival is part of their regular buffet and is priced around 1500/- AI for lunch and a couple of hundred more bucks for dinner.