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Review by : Akshaya R Pai, Team T3HM, Bangalore | Photos: Tejovanth N, Team T3HM, Bangalore

Given that ITC Gardenia is a Luxury 5 Star Hotel, the Japanese Resto Bar – Edo served only dinner.  Generally, 5 star hotels do this to maintain exclusivity.  But with growing demand for exquisite lunches especially by the business crowd, Edo is now open for lunch and one of their latest offerings is the Obento Meal.

Obento or simply Bento is a traditional Japanese meal consisting of rice, fish or meat with pickles or cooked vegetables.  It is a complete meal with portion sizes suitable for one person.

We were all given personalized menus that documented the dishes for each course.  They have vegetarian and non-vegetarian variants.  This was taken further by the Chef Kamlesh Joshi, who explained the concept of Obento, the courses and the succession with which it is had and enjoyed.

We started off with having the Sake Bomb, that was quite fun.  We were supposed drink it “bottoms up” style which was not an easy task for many.  Following this, the Obento arrived, plated on a big tray. The first thing that springs to mind was the fact that it is so colourful!  A treat to the eyes, surely.

We started with the Miso Soup which was in the tiny kettle that kept it warm.  The cup in which we poured it to had Kombu Seaweed and Bean Curd.  This was followed by the Zensai-Appetizers, Sushi and Sashimi.  The Oshinko, i.e, the Pickled Vegetables acts as a palate cleanser and is best enjoyed when had between courses.

 

The Zensai for non-vegetarians consisted of Japanese Crab Sticks with Flying Fish Roe and was delicious.  For the vegetarians, there was a Spinach variant with sesame seeds and that was delightful too.  The Sushi and Sashimi were beyond splendid.  With a dash of Wasabi and Soya, they were a burst of freshness and flavour.  The Chef informed us that the Sashimi was freshly imported and was never frozen.  True to his words, we could experience the freshness as we devoured it.

 

The Chawanmushi with chicken was tasty.  But without chicken, just the steamed egg custard felt a bit heavy. It is an acquired taste and maybe that’s why we found it a bit heavy.  The Tempura was spot on.  The chicken and sea bass grill which were a part of the Robatayaki course were excellent and went well with the Udon Noodles that was the Syokuji – the main course.

We ended the meal on a sweet note in the form of Matcha Ice Cream.  This Green Tea ice cream also had raisin in it and was very creamy and rich.  This is probably due to the fact that they had made it with Mirin and hence the green tea flavour was not too overpowering.  The Sesame Tuile in which the ice cream was served added the much needed crunch and was a good way to end the lovely ‘simple’ Obento meal.

All in all, the Obento, launched as a Business Lunch offering, also provides a good Japanese meal experience for those in search of it.  Priced at 2000 + Taxes for the Vegetarian Obento and 2250 + Taxes for the Non Vegetarian variant, Edo ensures you immerse yourself in the joy of enjoying the ‘simple’ meal that is nothing short of exquisite.

Location : Edo Japanese Restaurant and Bar, ITC Gardenia, No.1, Residency Road, Bangalore, Karnataka 560025, India, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560025

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