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Far East is the pan-Asian restaurant at Ohri's Banjara

In this plate of food, I see the entire universe

— Zen blessing at mealtime

THE HYDERABADI connoisseur today is as enthused by the Dum biryanis and Natu kodi pulusus as by new international flavours that are making their foray into the twin cities of late, especially from the Orient. The expanded gourmet vocabulary today comprises Phuket fish, Malay laska lemak, Korean chicken and spinach, and more exotic preparations from Far Eastern kitchens.

"Thai, Malaysian and Schezwan cuisines are spicy and come close to the Indian palate, and have been well accepted here," says Amar Ohri, of Ohri's Banjara, as the food court presents Far East, a pan-Asian restaurant offering Thai, Malaysian, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian and Chinese fare. "The restaurant will be predominantly serving Chinese cuisine. We have also Indianised the regional flavours so that people in the twin cities enjoy the cuisine. We have laid a lot of emphasis on seafood ," explains Amar.

The seafood window featuring lobsters, jumbo prawns, crabs, pomfret and squids says it all and sure seems appetising as also the display kitchen and Teppanyaki counter, not forgetting the Dim sum trolley that wheels the hot appetisers to your table. And did you say soup? Well, Dragon boat is the make-your-soup-on-the-table concept, as you leaf through the menu for the rest of the pan-Asian fare. Exotic Sugarcane chicken, Tempura vegetables, Crunchy water chestnuts in chilli plum sauce, Braised Korean chicken, Thai roast duck, Lobster Schezwan style, Malay Musman lamb curry, and Teppanyaki fried Japanese sticky rice are some of the new flavours for the local palate. Check out the pre-plated Nasi goreng— a staple Malay meal, as also the desserts Fried milk and Great wall of chocolate.

Apart from its pan-Asian fare, another USP of the restaurant is its contemporary Oriental dining concept. The ambience is not loud and sans the conventional crimson hues. On the contrary, refreshing minimalist glass-topped tables teamed with cut wood furniture that match earthy tones across the flooring, upholstery and bamboo screens greet the connoisseur. "The restaurant is designed as per the Feng Shui principles," says Amar, which explains the auspicious waterbed at the entrance lined on both sides with glass niches holding a collection of Bonsai including the typical Jade and Yucca varieties, and lucky bamboo placed on every table. The restaurant also offers small private dining enclosures ideal for a birthday party or a lunch kitty do. Far East is open for lunch (11.30 a.m.— 3.30 p.m.) and dinner (7 p.m.— 12 midnight). For reservations contact Ohri's Banjara, Road No. 12, Banjara Hill, Tel: 23302200.


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