Executive Chef Manav Tuli brings India’s colourful and authentic roadside food culture to Victoria Dockside with a Special Wine and Cocktail Program curated by Arkadiusz Rybak and Nicolas Deneux
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<<6th July 2020 – Hong Kong>> CHAAT brings a bold rendition of India’s street snack culture to a refined setting boasting sweeping skyline views. Located on Level Five of Rosewood Hong Kong, CHAAT joins tapas-inspired restaurant Bayfare Social and American charcoal-grilled meat specialist HENRY within the city’s hottest gastronomic social hub and luxury retail hotspot K11 MUSEA. Now in its second month of opening, CHAAT continues to capture the hearts and taste buds of Hong Kong’s gourmets by unveiling three new dinner tasting menus comprised of signature favourites. In addition, CHAAT announces the opening of its terrace with stunning harbour views, bringing patrons a new al fresco dining experience in time for summer.
CHAAT is the Hindi term “to lick”, and as such, invites guests to transport themselves across the Indian peninsula with an upscale menu that will cause you to savour every last morsel. At CHAAT, Chef de Cuisine Manav Tuli re-imagines his favourite traditional street snacks from his childhood growing up in central India, which includes his hearty homemade Paneer Cheese and Pav Bhaji. Utilizing a trio of authentic tandoor ovens, the colourful menu pays homage to the rich and varied culinary lexicon of India’s central states and Bombay coast, the northern Punjab and Kerala in the south. CHAAT’s convivial atmosphere revives the feeling of India’s much-loved social bazaars, where families, friends and new acquaintances gather over a shared love of food and conversation.
New Dinner Tasting Menus at CHAAT
Equipped with a trio of authentic Tandoor ovens, Chef Manav re-creates the traditional street snacks of India that he grew up enjoying. Choose from three family-style set menus of delicately handcrafted dishes from every corner of India amid an atmosphere as vibrant as the food. Each 10-dish menu begins with a colourful array of small plates and appetizers, followed by masterfully crafted main courses. The set menus finish with a choice of a seasonal dessert inspired by Chef Manav’s upbringing in India.
Perfect for those who are avoiding meat or on a vegetarian diet, this tasting menu features CHAAT’s most popular vegetable-based dishes. Guests are introduced to appetisers such as Raj Kachori crispy lentils with sweet and tangy chutney, and Chef Manav’s family recipe for Pav Bhaji made with crushed vegetables and milk bun. Mains include delicious sharing-style dishes such as Palak Paneer made with spinach, homemade paneer and garlic, and Vegetable Biryani with aged basmati rice, saffron and spices. The meal is sided by Garlic Naan and Spice-infused Rice, followed by a dessert of Mango Kulfi featuring pistachio falooda – the Indian version of a cold dessert made with noodles.
The Chef’s Tasting Menu highlights some of CHAAT’s signature meat-based appetizers, such as Lamb Seekh Kebab seasoned with garlic, coriander and mint chutney, and Black Pepper Chicken Tikka with beetroot chutney. Other highlights throughout the menu include Tilwali Bhindi, or tossed stuffed okra with sesame seeds, and aromatic Lamb Dum Biryani made with aged basmati rice and saffron. Cleanse the palate with a refreshing dessert of either Nimbu Lemon Tart with saffron lemon ice cream or Mango Kulfi.
A feast for the senses, the premium tasting menu begins with an amuse-bouche of mini Raj Kachori served alongside drinks. Tuck into appetizers of Baked Lamb Samosa and Sarson Prawn (Mustard Prawn), a twist on the traditional Tandoori dish from Maharashtra. Other menu highlights include juicy Hyderabadi Lamb Shank with caramelized onion, clove and cinnamon and Chicken Dum Biryani with aged basmati rice, saffron and spice. Conclude with a choice of either the indulgent Chocolate Fondant with green cardamom and salted caramel, or the Mango Kulfi.
About Chef de Cuisine, Manav Tuli
Chef Manav Tuli draws from a wealth of experience over the past 18 years in some of the finest kitchens of London and India to create a menu of bold, inspiring renditions of much-loved Indian favourites. Manav began his culinary career in the southwestern coastal state of Kerala, where he gained a firm foundational knowledge of southern Indian culture and its cuisine. He then embarked upon an exciting opportunity at luxury hotel group Oberoi in the princely state of Rajasthan, where he refined his technique and learned to adapt to a new style of Indian cuisine given the region’s dry and arid climate. After a short stint in The Oberoi Mumbai, Manav ventured out into the world to discover international cuisines, starting in the resort island of Mauritius and finally landing in the gastronomic capital of London. Manav worked his way up the culinary ladder, first joining Chutney Mary Chelsea in 2011 as Sous Chef, before opening Chutney Mary St. James as Head Chef in 2015. In 2019, Chef Manav had the chance to reopen the highly acclaimed Tamarind, one of London’s first Indian restaurants to receive the coveted Michelin Star. Chef Manav’s passion for sharing the flavourful dishes of his homeland comes through in each and every bite of his cooking.
Note to Editors: CHAAT will update its opening hours to include dinner on Tuesdays starting from 14th July, 2020.
Restaurant Contact – CHAAT
Address: Level Five, Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Contact Number: +852-5239-9220
CHAAT celebrates the bold, authentic flavours and social gathering traditions of India’s street snacks, accompanied by cocktails and wines influenced by long-ago spice traders, bringing India’s colourful roadside food culture to Victoria Dockside. At CHAAT, Chef Manav re-imagines the traditional street snacks of his childhood in India in a refined setting boasting sweeping skyline views on Level Five of Rosewood Hong Kong.