Pune, January 2022: Culinary Director, Chef Vikram Khatri prepares for the launch of his novel menu inspired by the Wood Fire Oven, bringing them to the kitchens of the Market restaurant, at the Westin, Pune. Styled after Nobu London and Nobu Melbourne’s wood oven, the Wood Fire Oven is the most unique kitchen equipment for a contemporary Asian restaurant, in today’s gourmet times.
The Westin Pune, a leading luxurious & wellness hotel, that has close proximity to the airport and is a 5-star haven of wellness and renewal. Here, at the end of a long day, one can replenish their well-being with the revitalizing amenities offered by the 5-star property. And one such replenishing experience is dining at The Market – an innovative restaurant that stays true to Westin’s Eat Well philosophy. Each live kitchen has a unique identity and dining zone within the outlet’s modern design, offering dishes made with self-grown herbs and microgreens.
Chef Vikram Khatri, has always strived to create and curate an immersive dining experience that redefines the hotel’s gastronomic offerings.He has worked and participated extensively to receive exposure in the Oriental gourmet cuisine. This only increased his penchant for Asian food further, that got him to experiment with grills and curate menus that delve into the versatile flavours of Asian cuisine.
To showcase his asian culinary skills, Chef Vikram Khatri has created a new limited edition Asian Grill menu prepared in the wood fire oven. The menu makes optimum use of the freshest and the best seasonal produce, to plate deliciously warm delicacies that aren’t fried, yet exude a fascinating woody aroma.With one’s nose on the dish, this menu is filled with nourishing and dynamic platters that everyone can gladly take part in by the alfresco area that provides a serene view of the river, especially during the chillness of cold winters. So, just like the Japanese say Itadakimasu!
The Wood Fire Oven used to prepare the menu is built as an enclosed fire clay oven with wood burning inside to radiate heat for cooking, creating an intriguing wood smoke aroma to each meal. The oven is quite similar to an Italian oven, with the exception that it is used to cook delicate ingredients such as fish, seafood, meats, and vegetables in a single cast iron plate. The platter is then topped with nappe, a rich sauce or glaze, and served sizzling hot. The oven’s principal advantage is that it cooks rapidly, locking in all the juices and nutrients, while also making use of very little to no oil as everything is wood grilled.
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Elaborating on the novel creation of his, Chef Vikram Khatri, DIrector of Culinary, Westin, Pune commented, “I’m ecstatic to be able to cook and serve the cuisine I’m passionate about, especially since Asian food has such a dynamic and versatile flavour to it. Since guests are always on the lookout for experiential food post the pandemic, I can’t wait to get started with the launch of the new innovative menu that’s sure to make every patron fall in love with this new take on Asian cuisine.”
About The Westin, Pune:
Situated amid celebrated attractions, The Westin Pune Koregaon Park is a 5-star haven of wellness and renewal. Experience effortless relaxation in tastefully designed hotel rooms and suites with signature comforts, sleek marble bathrooms and inspiring views. Thrill your senses at five on-site dining options, including a chic bar and nightclub. Enjoy a coveted location in Koregaon Park near Pune Airport, Magarpatta, Hadapsar and many industrial parks. Work well in 45,000 square feet of sophisticated, flexible hotel event space, enhanced by modern AV equipment, on-site event planning and custom catering services. Refresh in the sparkling waters of our outdoor pool, and exhilarate your body in our well-equipped fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights. After a full day of work, shopping or sightseeing, invigorate your mind and body with massage, beauty and wellness therapies at our Heavenly Spa by Westin™. Replenish your well-being at The Westin Pune Koregaon Park.