Food Review: Tastes and flavours of mango at Terracotta
The Mystic Mango Festival at Terracotta serves a wide array of dishes infused with mango that will appeal to everyone's tastes.
Terracotta at Vivanta by Taj, Whitefield is one of the new breed of stylish and contemporary restaurants which provides a unique dining experience. The attention to detail here is evident from the second you arrive. The decor is thoughtful with accents of wood and natural lighting. It’s a light, bright and friendly spot to enjoy good traditional fare. The restaurant specializes in North West frontier cuisine and has an open interactive kitchen which lets you take a peek into what goes in your meal. The ambience is warm and welcoming and is the perfect place for a Sunday brunch or a catch-up session with friends. You can either dine in or sit out in the patio and enjoy the beautiful Bangalore weather.
Mango fruits are relished for their lusciousness, exotic flavor and sweet taste. Everyone is celebrating this fruit in its own innovative way and mangoes have undeniably carved their way up as one of the prime ingredients in the menu card. Executive Chef Arzooman Irani of Terracotta, who put together a new menu specially made for the King of fruits, wanted us to try it out. So after braving the peak hour traffic on a weekday, we set out to try this exquisite menu. The menu raises a toast to the luscious mangoes which is available in plenty in the summer months.
From salads and starters to mains and desserts, everything has an element of mango in it. After a refreshing mango drink, we dived right into the starters. The Mango fish tikka has pieces of fish cooked in a tandoor and infused with fresh raw mango, carom seeds and flavoursome mustard oil. It’s subtle and moreish and once tried will be a dish you’ll be tempted to order time and time again.
Lauki aur aam ka sheek was stellar. This bottle gourd dish comes flavoured with raw mangoes and is spiked with yellow chilly and served with a mound of piquant mango chutney. (Cadbury’s ad makers will seriously have to rethink about their ads about dissing Lauki). The Achari mango paneer tikka has its own distinct flavour and tickles your taste buds with its tanginess. Then came the Chicken with Kairi, which has chunks of chicken flavored with chopped raw baby mango, garam masala and is served with spicy ripe alfanso and red chilli dip. It was a visual and epicurean stunner. It's really beautiful how mangoes lend their distinctive flavour to a number of dishes and is brilliantly incorporated into prawn, chicken and vegetable curries with such ease.
After the stellar starters, we expected something exceptional from the Chef and the main courses did not disappoint. The Mango chicken masala served with a bread basket has morsels of chicken marinated in yoghurt, cooked with Indian spices and green mango powder. The sauce has a rich character to it and can easily be considered a signature dish.
The Ambi Jhinga Jumbo prawn flavoured with puree of ripe mango, hung curd and black cardamom beautifully contrasts with the sweetness of the mango flavoured naan. The prawns are tender and succulent. Simply a must-try! My companion was particularly wooed by the besan dumplings served in luscious mango khadi. The gravy is slightly sweet but was definitely delicious.
The meal was copious and memorable and for desserts, we tried a melt-in-the mouth organic vanilla ice-cream served with chilled ripe alfanso mango pieces. Divine, is all we could utter! But the star of the entire meal had to be the garlic kheer, a specialty at Terracotta. It’s as luscious as any other kheer but made with garlic and absolutely has no traces of the sharpness of garlic. It’s so smooth that it melts in your mouth!
Oh, that’s not all the pan flavoured bite-sized mousse creates an explosion of flavours and perfectly sums up the entire meal. Chef Arzooman is meticulous and sure knows how to surprise his guests, be it in terms of food, flavours, presentation or even whipping up something at the last moment to add a perfect finish to your meal. This is one experience we thoroughly enjoyed and we urge you to go and experience the same!
A meal for two will cost you Rs. 1, 500