Asha Bhosle, Bollywood’s very own nightingale who has captured the imagination of generations, needs no introduction. Asha’s, her self-named culinary debut, celebrates the kitchen experiments of this Bollywood legend. The beauty of Asha’s has always been its simplicity. The true essence of Indian fine-dining is never lost here to overly suave modernist ways, and this month, the restaurant pays tribute to the royal cuisines of the North.
The limited edition menu entitled ‘Live Like a Maharaja’ is brimming with a whole array of royal treats that has something for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Here is a look at some of my favorites:
By far, the star dish from the new menu is the Rampuri Paya Biryani. This slow-cooked pilaf is succulently flavored with the meaty goodness of baby lamb and caramelized onion, and textured with minuscule bits of lentil. This generously large serving is enough to feed a group of four.
Shahi Tukda is a classic North Indian dessert that reminds me of my own mother and the elaborate spread she would create for friends and family at the drop of a hat. Shahi Tukda is toasted bits of bread that has been soaked in a sugar syrup and served with dehydrated milk and dried fruit. It is a quick and easy classic my mum used to keep as a backup for unexpected guests.
I haven’t had it in ages, and loved the crunchy version at Asha’s, served with a generous jug of rabdi on the side.
If you are craving royal Indian classics, Asha’s ‘Live Like a Maharaja’ menu is not to be missed. The a la Carte menu features a tantalizing list of dishes, many with a nostalgic hit.
The ‘Line Like a Maharaja’ menu is only valid till 15th May 2017, so do book a table at Asha’s by giving them a call on 04 324 4100.