2012 and More Food! :)

It’s the new year and we thought what better to start this brilliant new year than by gorging on lots of yummy food! 🙂 So we found ourselves landing in Sue’s Kitchen in Indiranagar (which was a top 5 in our Christmas buffets in Bangalore post) and piling on plenty of Caribbean food on to our plates!

The Turkey in all its glory

The endless salad counter

Crab Curry straight from Tobago

 

Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Chicken Accra

The HUGE buffet spread!

Jealous much? 😛

Oooh, desserts! 🙂

Just Round 1 for us 😛

The lady behind it all - Sue 🙂 And. yes. That's Eggnog 🙂

From Team Zoink!, we’re wishing you a happy, fun and food filled Zoinktastic! New Year! 🙂

Pics Courtesy: Amith Krishnan

Zoink! Foodographer

Zoinkalicious Christmas Bonanza!

Christmas is exceptionally special for Zoinkers. To begin with there’s the universal bon homie and cheer, the pretty lights and twinkling decorations all around. But by god, what gets our chops going is the sheer amount of food that seems to practically rain for Christmas lunch.

That's a feast not just for the eyes! 😉

What we love about the Christmas lunch is the fact that all the colors of the season seem to present itself on the table making it look absolutely festive and inviting. There’s the gold and silver of the tinsel sparkling though the apple cider. The red of the cranberry sauce set atop of the roast turkey reminding you of the mistletoe on the branchs.  The brussel sprouts, carrots and peas adds the happy colors of green, yellow and orange on your tree to your plate. The mellow happiness, the glow added by the eggnog sprinkled with cinnamom sets the perfect mood for the family to come closer together!And of course, the desserts… you want a bite out of the traditional Christmas pudding soaked in rum and raisins ( which we know as the plum cake!) while you muse about the snow from the North pole and Santa! 🙂

White frosty Christmas pudding!

Anyways, if you wondering how to get hold of such marvelous and dainty lunch for yourself, No fear, Zoink!’s here! 🙂

We have made a list of 5 places you can appease your palate with all sorts of Christmas goodies! In No Particular order here’s our take on where you should be on the 25th Dec afternoon! 🙂

Sue’s Food Palace:  This lady’s gone all out to recreate the traditional dinner she used to have as a child back home in West Indies. You can treat your self to stuffed turkey, Tabaquite duck curry, pork spare ribs,roast beef, Jamaican Jerk Chicken,Prawn cocktail, sliced backed ham, eggnog,ginger beer,Christmas cake, Chocolate marble cake, coconut souffle.

Make you bookings early because there’s only limited seatings. Call +91 8025290410 for reservations.

They have two timings: 12-2 pm and 2-4pm. We have no idea how we are supposed to do justice to this buffet in just 2 hours! :-/

Ebony Christmas Buffet: Want to feel at the Top of the World and indulge yourself in some delicious delicious Roast Turkey with a classic herb stuffing, in Giblet Gravy and Cranberry Compote served with Roasted Carrots with Mushrooms and Thyme Gremolata ? Then this high rise location is just the place. There’s also Sliced Meatloaf, Roast Chicken, Vegetable Paella and traditional Chrismas Eggnogg .

And if you feel like trying something closer to home, they have also thoughtfully added  an Indian main course with Firdaur – e – barien ie Lamb koftas filled with chopped onion, green chillies, and raisins, pomegranate seeds, braised in light pan pickled chilli brown gravy, Khushrang Paneer, Bharrey Aloo ka Qurma, Roti ki tokri to just mention a few!

The amazing view, the gorgeous spread is just the thing to make you Christmas perfect.

For reservations call: 080-4178-3344

Turquoise: They have an expansive menu with classic items like Roast Turkey Roast Turkey and trimmings and some more exotic ones as well like lobsters, grills, X’mas Pudding and lots more fit for even Santa himself . And we do love the ‘Unlimited Champagne wine and Cocktails’ offer! 😉 Added bonus of a live band to set you in the best mood for Christmas! 😀

Call +91 8065776588 for making sure you have a table ready!

Le Jardin, MG Road : Though a bit steeply priced ( 3500 Rs/- all Inclusive Per person) they promise you a wonderful time with Christmas treats like roast turkey, honey glazed ham, grilled scampi, and seafood chowder and mince pie. You can also select from the live Thai counter, Indian spread and wide array of cheese and desserts. This will also include pour of sparkling sparling and mulled wine or beer. There’s also a live band to make your Christmas come alive! 🙂

Call +91 8041358201 for reservations.

City Bar Karaoke + Grill :  If you looking for some swanky location to celebrate your Christmas then UB City is the place to be seen. They promise you a buffet more in line with the Indian taste with a slight European twist 🙂 like Oven roasted tandoori chicken served with Sherry and spinach frittata or Malai paneer steak with malai gravy! It comes with wines or Beer according to your tastes.

Call +91 8042773636 for reservations.

Well, Now that we have told you the places to gorge yourself, here’s wishing you a Wonderful, Merry and Yummy Christmas! 😀

Happy Christmas, All!

Ps: Check out the Google Doodle singing jingle bells.. We are just Zoinked about it! 🙂

Thank You, Zoinkers! :)

It’s the Thanksgiving weekend, and boy, are we thanking our asses off or what! Zoink! is relatively new in the market front and is receiving plenty of rave reviews on its Facebook page and the blog posts. So we thank you. Yes, YOU, who is reading this post right now. Big hug to you too. Spread the love! 🙂

Roasted Turkey with Stuffing

So where were we, yes, Thanksgiving. Well, it’s not an oft celebrated holiday in India (in fact, it’s not even a holiday), but it’s a day, for just being grateful. And what Team Zoink! loves most about Thanksgiving are the traditional family dinners with endless dishes laid out on that table to be feasted upon. Fortunately, Team Zoink! has befriended quite a few Anglo Indian and American families in the city who celebrate the holiday and whip up this amazing dinner and graciously invite us to their homes. We always oblige (why shouldn’t we, they insist!) With all that wonderful goodness of a hearty Thanksgiving meal, we thought we’ll give our Zoinkers! a lowdown on what the traditional Thanksgiving dinner comprises.
The pièce de résistance of the Thanksgiving dinner is that large beautiful turkey with that delicious stuffing sitting like a proud hero in the middle of the table, in all its shining glory. For those of you who have had turkey, you would know how simply yummy the meat is ( we hardly find any restaurants serving us turkey in the city, the closest that would come would be Subway, where you could have a turkey salami sandwich). The turkey preparation is an extremely time consuming process, and sometimes takes up to 6 hours in cooking time altogether. But the wait is most certainly worth it.
The flavour of the turkey is enhanced by the delicious stuffing that goes into it. Usually, it’s a bread based stuffing that includes bread crumbs, carrots, celery, onions and a large helping of the sage herb, that blends in the stuffing well and gives it an immaculate taste. While the traditional stuffed turkey is roasted, a large number of people are also deep frying it to give the meat a crispy skin. However, we don’t advise you to try this at home, as deep frying a large bird tends to be quite a messy and an often disastrous (and dangerous) affair.

Pumpkin Pie

While the turkey is pretty much the hero of the Thanksgiving dinner, it simply HAS to be complemented by a plethora of side dishes. And the most important of them all is the sweet cranberry sauce (this was popularized by Chandler Bing from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. when he is proudly showing off to everyone that he made the sauce when Monica Geller informs him that the sauce is so easy to make, a monkey could have made it!). A bit of that sauce along with creamy mashed potatoes and gravy with a bit of that turkey is literally a bite of heaven. Bread rolls, sweet potato pies, pumpkin pies, Deviled Eggs (halved hard-boiled eggs scooped with creamy yolk and mayo), green bean casserole and corn on the cob.
All of the dishes mentioned in this post are just as tasty as they sound. And that’s simply the typical American Thanksgiving Dinner menu that we shared with you. If you have any recipes or would like to let our fellow Zoinkers! know about any dishes that we’ve missed out, do comment below. We always love feedback!
And, Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂