Festival : Taste of Korea
Restaurant Name : Baan Tao, Hyatt Pune, Nagar Road, Kalyani Nagar, Pune
Date of Visit: 25th February 2017
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Taste of Korea, a Korean food festival organised at Baan Tao. Korean Chef Jeong Hwangil was visitng Pune from Park Hyatt Busan and was the curator for the festival. The best part of the festival was all the fresh ingredients that Jeong brought all the way from Korea to keep the taste as close as possible to what you get at the origin.
The menu for the festival was not too extensive. We tried solo items from each of the sections namely, Appetizers, salad, soups, mains and dessert.
The specialty of Korean food is fresh ingredients, slow cooking. Also the food is pretty raw, conserving all nutrients hence pretty healthy.
We were started off with Kimchi platter – a variety of picked vegetables and herbs. Each entity served had unique flavors. Looks simple, colourful and tastes superb.
Samgyetang Chicken Soup, an authentic Korean chicken soup made using deboned baby chicken stuffed with rice. The preparation is in aromatic chicken stock. The presentation looks simply and yet the soup tastes delicious.
The Seafood Salad presentation wise simply looked beautiful. Assortment of Prawn, scallop, squid salad with pine nut sauce makes it a delight to have.
Bibimbab, from the mains, was primarily a bowl full of assorted vegetables, rice, wild mushrooms, greens and bok choy. The assortment of topped with poached egg with white and black sesame seeds. The bowl looked very colourful. I guess this is what is known as a healthy bowl meal 😉
For the dessert, it was Red bean jelly, Pear and Omija sorbet. Simple dessert that tastes simply superb.
We wanted to try the Bulgogi that was available as well. But due to some miscommunication it was not served. And by the time we realized it was available, we were already full with food from the regular brunch buffet that is served.
It was indeed a great opportunity to try some great and authentic Korean food.