The gourmet’s recommendation at Nook -Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park
Nook, the all day dining restaurant at Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park, has carved a niche for itself in the city’s dining circuit. Its menu is like a culinary kaleidoscope, bringing together cuisines from across the world, all prepared and served as authentically as you like by Chef Sandeep and his talented team. Yet, as is the case in the best restaurants, there are some standout dishes at Nook as well that one would not hesitate to drive across town to relish.
One such is that classic Punjabi staple, the Butter Chicken Masala, which has spawned so many cheap imitations that its original taste and flavor are unknown to many. Well, Nook is where you can savour the real thing, marinated and cooked the way they do it in the household kitchens of Punjab. Chunks of succulent chicken, made tender and of that elusive melt in the mouth consistency through long hours of marination in a mix of spices and lime, and then slow cooked in yoghurt and thick cream. Resulting in a robust gravy that is rich on the palate but light on the stomach, unlike the many counterfeit versions of the dish that leave you feeling surfeited after the second spoon.
The chicken is cooked just right to come easily off the bone, soft and juicy, flooding your mouth with zesty flavours with every bite. This is the sell-out star of Nook’s menu and Chef Sandeep has perfected it to a T.
From the wheat fields of Punjab, wing it to the UK for that all time favourite English seafood speciality – fish and chips. Filets of fish marinated in lemon juice and batter fried till crisp and brown, and served with homemade Tartare sauce and potato chips. Sounds simple enough, but getting this jewel of the London café menu just right is a bit of an art. One that Chef Sandeep and his team have perfected. Too often one finds the batter peeling off like banana skin onto one’s fork, leaving its piscean occupant lying haplessly exposed on the plate, or the fish turning into mush in the mouth. At Nook, batter and fish are so finely fused that they surrender to your knife edge in unison and melt into a delicate blend of tangy flavours on your tongue, in a manner that will do the most popular of London’s ‘chippies’ proud.
On the vegetarian side of things, the most recommended item on the menu is the Paneer Aap Ki Pasand, which translates as ‘Paneer As You Like It’. Paneer is the true cosmopolite of the dining table, having the versatility to amicably adapt to any gravy it is dressed with. And true to the dish’s name, you can enjoy paneer in a choice of gravies – rich Makhani, fragrant Methi, tangy Palak and more. In every case, you will find that the paneer is soft and unresisting, allowing you to fully relish the flavours of the dish.
So, the next time hunger strikes, make tracks for Nook at Aloft Cessna Business Park. Other than these crowd pullers, there is a lot more on the menu to keep your palate interested and have your stomach make room for more! Drop by on Wednesdays and Fridays and you can also catch live acoustic music at WXYZSM, the bar, with some experimental shots on-the house!
Then there is always one of those dishes which come small, but leave an explosion of flavors in your mouth. And that’s just what the Nookspecial vegetable Club Sandwich is! Between the homemade slices of bread, lies a bed of fresh, juicy vegetables like lettuce, bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and many more, along with a layer of Nook’s house sauces, specially prepared by Chef Sandeep and team. The tout ensemble will rival the offering of any sandwich bar worth its name.