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India – Chef Piyush Menon’s Goan fare at Tamra, Shangri-La Eros New Delhi

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The multi-cuisine buffet restaurant Tamra at Shangri-La Eros, New Delhi has made a mark for arranging pop-ups with home-chefs in collaboration with Chef Pin, bringing the spotlight on the wide variety of regional cuisines across India.  Last weekend, from 20-22 June 2024, Tamra collaborated with Chef Piyush Menon for a Goan Cuisine pop-up for its patrons.

The elaborate Menu listed all the popular Goan dishes, perfectly showcasing the expertise of Chef Piyush Menon and bringing a treat for the diners at Tamra. Chef Menon’s culinary journeys traverse across Kerala, Goa, Kolkata, from running authentic kitchens in every region, to owning a restaurant. He informs that Goan cuisine is a blend of Konkan coastal fare and Portuguese influences. A Electronics and Communication Engineer, Chef Menon has switched to pursuing full time his passion for the culinary arts.

The elaborate menu was balanced for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Prawns, Fish, Chicken, Mutton, even Pork, in Starters and Mains, featured in starters like Rissois, Reachado Pao, Cafreal, Konkan Fry, Cutlets. Mains featured the Mangalorean Gassi, typical Goan Xacuti, Vinadloo, Ambotik, Guisado, Goan Curry, Solantulem. The Vegetarians also had Vodyacho Ross, Khatkhatem, Caldinho Curry, Tomato Saar, Suran Sorak Curry and versions with Mushroom, Jackfruit Cafreal. The sweet endings in the dessert segment had delicious Goan delicacies like Patoleo, Alle Belle, Bebinca with ice cream, Tender Coconut Pudding, Perad, Dodol with Ice Cream. To bring authenticity to the cuisine, Chef Menon brought some of the ingredients, like toddy vinegar straight from his special sources in Goa.

Taking note of the dietary preferences of Delhiites, Chef Menon said that he had to substitute Pork in dishes like Pork Vindaloo, with Mutton or Chicken as Delhiites were not comfortable with it. Executive Sous Chef Arun Thakur at Shangri-La Eros, New Delhi enlightened us on the process of ensuring the standards and offering at the pop-ups according to the requirements of the patrons. The Indian sub-continent has a huge range of cuisines, that differ across regions, and across communities. The food in Home kitchens too is different from that served in restaurants. Chef Pin pop-ups are a great way to bridge the gap.

Chef Piyush Menon

About Chef Pin:
Chef Pin is India’s leading platform for home chefs and home bakers operating across Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, and Mumbai and offers pre-order and same-day delivery. The app has been designed as a one-stop shop where diners can discover and order local, authentic, and home-cooked meals from hundreds of talented home chefs. The home chef pop-up series is an opportunity for home chefs and expert chefs to showcase their delectable regional cuisine to a larger audience. Chef Pin’s founders Rocky Mohan and Siddharth Mohan are experienced professionals who understand the business of food.

About Shangri-La:
Shangri-La, an iconic flagship brand of the Shangri-La Group, puts heartfelt service at the core of its distinctive Asian hospitality experience. Today, the brand experience is brought to life in over 90 deluxe hotels and resorts at destinations around the world, including Australia, Canada, Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan, Fiji, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the Sultanate of Oman, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

 About Shangri-La Circle
Built on the idea that life is meant to be fun, limitless, and full of possibilities, Shangri-La Circle is a contemporary Asian travel lifestyle platform offering members a world of enhanced benefits at every point of their journey at over 100 Shangri-La, Kerry, JEN by Shangri-La and Traders properties worldwide, along with the Group’s portfolio of restaurants, wellness facilities and family experiences.

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