Turkish Airlines was promoting the Turkish Food Festival happening in Mumbai, when I came to know about the same from one of their Facebook post, all I wanted to do was visit Sofitel located at Bandra-Kurla Complex, where the festival was being hosted. Since the weekdays were full packed, we went on a Saturday for a brunch and enjoy the Turkish delicious to its fullest.
At the venue, there was a sort of surprise for us, as there where many other food choices also available: Indian, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Italian, etc.
Our host gave us a table, the food festival is in a buffet style so we were free to choose and take whatever we want. Since the theme is Turkish, we decided to start with that only. The venue had this great collection of local Turkish music which added to the atmostphere.
To our start, we tried;
Kuzu Pirzola (Lamb Chop): They were prepared in the combination of very fine Mediterranean spices, the lamb was quiet well cooked and served hot. Taste came quiet close to the juiciness and butterness of lamb and the aroma was delightful.
Izgara Balik (Bakes Fish): The fish was well baked in slow flames, tender and soft as it melted in the mouth. The garnish was done with fried onions and lemon based mix, which added a sweet aroma and taste to the palate.
Tavuk Kanat (Chicken Wings): Very well cooked, soft-juicy and tender. Made using cherry tomatoes as whole. Adding the zing flavour, the aroma in simply enticing.
Then there were some Indian dishes which we tired and were prepared really well. Some of this dishes were as: Lagan Ke Dum Aloo, Kakarakaya Vepudu, Chole Paneer, Hyderabadi Bhagar Salan, Dum Ka Murg, etc.
They had a variety for Indian breads at their disposal all we had to do was ask the steward and it was served hot right at our table itself. Also, there were options in rice like the Biryani, steam rice and the Malaysian rice.
Cari-Ra: It’s a Vietnamese dish prepared with pepper and garlic, one should try this when you are looking forward in a change of taste. It’s a vegetarian dish, but definitely worth a bite.
There is also Sushi, which was prepared right in-front of you, so for all those who love the taste of raw fish, have a variety to try from. I can’t say much as am not a sushi fan myself.
Now for the deserts,
There is a variety from which you can select from Indian Basundi, Chenna Poda, Rice Kheer to Chocolate Surprise, Mixed Berry Bake, Fruit Moose, etc. The counter simply took the breath away.
What was missing was the Baklava, the traditional Turkish dessert. I suppose with that it would have been a great end for the lunch.
The over all experience at the Turkish Food Festival was good, but I did hope to have a little more number of choices available and definitely missed the tasting Baklava.