Restaurant Review : New Menu at 1Q1 , Bangalore | India
“The Asian Gastronomy is at its best at 1Q1 ”
Located in the heart of the city , in the iconic Indian Express building, this has been a popular culinary destination for most of us for Japanese Peruvian gastronomy and Asian cuisine.
Nikkei or the Japanese-Peruvian cuisine was born when the migrated Japanese diaspora in Latin America used local Peruvian ingredients to prepare their Japanese dishes.
Known for all day Asian dining and its lavish Sunday Brunches , Buranchi , the place has its eternal charm of its own that is very inviting. Who would now think that it was once an abandoned 8,200-square-foot warehouse with 20 feet high ceiling, that has been transformed into place with art inspired old era interiors with arched colonnade with custom-designed chandeliers adding to the charm.
Initially it was known mostly for its Japanese and Peruvian-influenced menu curated by Chef Mako Ravindran,it has now also included more Asian dishes in its new menu. Recently we were invited to try these new additions to their menu. Interestingly , the new menu has a good balance of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options and therefore we wanted to try most of them. The four vegetarian dishes that we tried ,namely the Broccoli and Baby Corn in Nam Prik Pao , Malay Penang Tofu and the Thai Chilli Potatoes , pan-fried vegetables were simply outstanding preparations , with near perfect Asian flavours. Even a die hard non vegetarian like me can vouch for them.
For meat lovers too , there were great additions like the American-Chinese General Tsao Chicken and the Pan fried Jalapeno with Pork , Fish in black pepper sauce from Singapore, the Thai street food Bangkok Chicken and pan fried chicken among others. They go well with the veg and chicken Fried Rice Pad , Krapow Gai with Egg and the jasmine Rice.
Also tried for the first time,the Japanese Peruvian dish , Fresh Vegetable Tostada and the Tuna Sashimi Tostada, and truly loved it. For those who have no idea , crispy tortillas with various toppings in the dish are called tostadas. Having them with tea is also a good idea and we too sipped the jasmine tea along.
To pair with their wonderful array of dishes , they have interesting drinks too.The Moonshine Volcano , Twilight , Mystery Dynasty , Mid Summer Dream , Saku Bliss , Berryly Legal and Mariachi’s Song , all the fancy cocktails ,are part of their menu.
We also had the choicest of desserts like Coffee creameux with vanilla ice cream , Japanese Cheesecake and delectably deconstructed Apple pie along with the Avacado parfait with Gooey brownie squares and matcha soil.
No. 1, Express Building, Queen’s Road,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001