Following the resounding success of its recent ‘Live Like a Maharaja’ menu, dishes inspired by the royal Kitchens of India, Asha’s at Wafi present a selection of 10 new unique and creative Biryani and Kebab dishes showcasing recipes perfected by Asha in her personal kitchen in Bombay.
Built around the legendary Indian artiste Asha Bhosle and her passion for cooking, Asha’s menu reflects the best of Indian cuisine and promises a truly memorable dining experience. ‘’ A great recipe is like an immortal tune, it happens but only a few times in one’s life’’ says Asha Bhosle.
Cooking has been her life’s interest and love, Asha concentrates her culinary talents exclusively in the kitchens of her branded international restaurant chain.
Kebabs ( believed to originate from the Arabic word Kabeb) are cited to date back to the 1300’s, tradition has it, both dishes Biryanis and Kebabs were invented in the royal houses of Persia, and enjoyed throughout the various Islamic Empires.
India’s pride the unparalleled Biryanis and Kebabs menu will be available in Asha’s at Wafi till 31st of October.
Asha’s at Wafi invited us last week for a media lunch as part of their Birthday celebrations. Asha’s at Wafi offers a modern contemporary interior, creating a warm soothing and initimate setting this award winning restaurant was the first to open in the world’s only International Indian restaurant chain.
The restaurant’s lobby is all decked up with the awards & Asha’s memorable pictures showing her memories from past with all famous Bollwood celebrities. Bright lively color scheme and sweet melodies , Asha’s old hits makes a mesmerizing ambiance.
We were offered our welcome drinks :
1.Rose Gem Iced Tea …… This chilled drink was prepared by flavoring it with Gulkand and garnish of pistachio.
2.Calcutta Crush …… combination of cranberry juice, fresh strawberries, earl grey tea . This great combination of drinks makes it so refreshing and vitalizing.
3.Cucumber Lemonade …. This was the next addition on our table the amazing mint lemonade with hints of cucumber, very interesting recipe done!
1.Jheenga Jalpari ….. deep fried king prawns stuffed with cheese and prawns chunks, coated with bread crumbs & served with sundried tomato chutney.
2.Kofta Kham Khatai ….. crispy fried bottle gourd & potato hash patties, stuffed with dry fruits, tossed with tamarind chutney, ginger and fennel.
3.Bhatti Ka Chaap …… boneless chicken pieces marinated in a flavorful mix of spices & yogurt & finished in tandoor.
All these above starters are one above the other, truly great recipes, done to perfection! Stuffed prawns are amazingly delicious and smartly stuffed, same is the vegetarian option, and being a huge fan of tandoori dishes, enjoyed eating chicken.
1.Muscat Gosht ….. boneless tender lamb cooked with clarified butter in a spicy rich onion and tomato gravy. What legend Asha Bhosle says about this dish …‘Sightseeing in the Sultanate of Oman, I stopped for lunch at a small dhaba and had the most wonderful karahi gosht. This is my presentation of that hot afternoon’.
2.Hare Baingan ka Bharta …. oven roasted & mashed eggplants tempered with mustard seeds, onions, garlic, green chillies and fresh coriander in clarified butter.
3.Dhaniya Murg ……. Chicken cooked in a yogurt an cashew nut gravy with fresh coriander.
4.Paneer Kurchan ….. cottage cheese, trio of peppers in a spicy tomato & onion gravy flavored with kasoori methi.
5.Daal Makhni ….. rich buttery delicious daal as it is supposed to be.
6.Chamandi Prawn Biryani …… prawns cooked in a coconut cilantro pesto with lemon juice & coconut milk. Finished on dum with ghee rice.
This impressive spread was served to us out of the detailed menu which has a wide range of dishes. Chamandi Biryani is deliciously prepared in a fusion style, pesto & biryani makes an awesome combination. The methi flavored paneer is also another delicacy to try.
Each dish has distinguishing flavors, some with new recipes and some reminding me of my childhood memories through their typical aromas present in Indo-Pak home style cooking.
The colorful enticing platter of desserts included , the authentic soft spongy gulab jamun, a portion of gorgeous gajar halwa and one of the best desserts which is kulfa with falooda ( noodles).
As always even after having such a rich meal, it was hard to resist this platter, without wasting minutes I devoured it all !
Staff spoiled us with choice , whether it be drinks, mains or desserts. Special thanks to the entire team & management at Asha’s.