A Saucy Affair

Sriracha brings with it a medley of sublime flavours for discerning global diners

Text by Namita Gupta

If you’re a connoisseur of South-East Asian cuisine then you will feel at home at Sriracha, the newest Pan Asian restaurant in Bengaluru. Located in the upmarket UB City, the eatery that was previously called Singkong dons a new avatar and brings with it nuggets of gastronomic perfection – from stunning Thailand to vibrant Hong Kong and the culturally rich Indonesia to the culinary world’s pulsating hotspot, Singapore. The interiors of the restaurant showcase the eight countries that Sriracha represents. The eclectic selection of Asian cuisine curated by Chef Vikas Seth will leave you salivating for some more of the fascinating melange of traditional and the new. The menu is extensive with an endless variety of appetisers, mains, desserts and cocktails and is carefully designed using culinary nuggets by chefs who have traversed different countries of Asia. The walls on the inside section boast of quirky elements with the Asian lady’s attire evolving into a dragon that also forms the “S” shape – a reference to Sriracha. But Bengaluru weather always beckons one to take a seat at the open air outside section. Directors of Embassy Leisure, Siddharth Mankani and Karan Virwani have left no stone unturned in offering the best of Asian cuisine that is loved all across the world. Quite evidently, we Bengalureans are true global diners.

Must try: Som Tam Green Papaya Salad made live at the table, Banana Blossom Salad, Steamed Open Buns (Bao), Cantonese Roast Chicken and Khow Suey. Also try the Grapefruit Malta Salad and if you’re a dumpling fan, then don’t skip the Chinese Cabbage & Pakchoy Dumpling, Wild Mushroom Purple Dumplings, Char Siu Roasted Chicken Dumpling and Roasted Duck & Plum Dumplings that are best devoured with a hint of plum sauce. Togarashi Dusted Sriracha Prawns was the highlight of my lunch and even after a few hours I could still feel the bite of the prawn and light taste of the shichi-mi tōgarashi Japanese spice mixture containing seven ingredients. Vegetarians will love the Pandan wrapped Cottage Cheese that simply melt in the mouth with a medley of flavours. Those with a sweet tooth will love the Sumatra Dark chocolate mousse.

RITZ loves: The Pan Asian flavours are bang on and every dish is flavourful and unique in taste and presentation. There is a separate menu for Sushi that features Maki, Nigiri and Sushi boats in non vegetarian and vegetarian options. I am told that each dish is designed on the concept of Yin and Yang and is made from scratch using special handpicked ingredients. I would go back any day for the dragon roll – avocado and cream cheese uramaki, salmon roll – salmon, avocado and cucumber, spicy tuna roll – yellow fin tuna, tobanjan paste, new style oil and spring onion. No wonder then that you can taste the freshness in every bite. Our experience on this side of the Silk Route, you ask? Brilliant!

Where: Sriracha, UB City, 24, Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru.

Meal for two: Rs 1800.