It’s been a while since my last food or travel diary; quite frankly I’ve hardly had the time to write about any of those. I can’t say that parenthood has kept me busy since I have been spending a lot of time with friends on the weekends. I did visit a couple of restaurants though, none that were worthy of a shout-out. That changed yesterday when I was invited to this new Asian & European eatery at Kammanahalli.
Located just off Kammanahalli Main Road, OKI is probably the only eatery (in the area) that serves both Pan-Asian and European cuisine under the same roof. They have a cosy space right opposite Bookz junction on 3rd A Cross road. The interior decor is predominantly wooden- with all the contemporary hanging lights and grill planters it does make for a pleasant atmosphere. We waited a couple of minutes for the Head Chef Surajit Ghara (owner too) to have a tête à tête with us about OKI; its inception and what it represents. Surajit has more than a decade of experience in the culinary industry- working at prominent hotels in Goa and as an Executive Chef at Lemon Tree Premier, Bangalore.
Asian cuisine is his forte and the moment he said that, all I could think of was Thai curry- my all-time personal favourite in Pan-Asian cuisine. I’m a sucker to listen to the stories of restaurateurs and Surajit’s was no different. While in conversation, I tried a couple of the mocktails- Pomegranate and Dill Spritzer and Apple Cider Tom Yum. The former was refreshing but the Apple Cider Tom Yum was like nothing I have ever had. It was brilliant- the aroma and the flavor of lemongrass, kaffir lime, basil with a hit of the red chilli was special.
Among the starters, the Dim Sums in aromatic sauce and Javanese Chicken Satay was just exquisite. Not to mention, even what we ordered for main course was beautifully cooked and equally delicious too. The Zesty Chipotle fish steak with butter sauted vegetables meant a “light-weight” entree dish for me. But hands-down, the Cambodian banana leaf wrapped Tofu was a clear winner- the Tofu was cooked so beautifully that it melts in your mouth. I can’t say that we tried a lot of dishes but the ones we did, were plated beautifully and the flavors were all there.
For dessert, we ordered the coconut and kaffir lime panacotta which was subtle; maybe a little too subtle for my liking. Other than that, I must say that it has been a while since I walked into a newly opened eatery and left with a broad smile on my face. The service at OKI was impeccable and swift- definitely an eatery that I’d visit irrespective of how far it is from the locality I reside at. As for the people in and around Kammanahalli, I recommend dropping in soon- you guys are missing out on something!!