Taiki – Meal in a Bowl

The traditional cuisine of Japan (和食, washoku) has developed through centuries of political and social changes. Primarily based on rice with miso soup; there is an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Seafood is served often grilled, but also served raw as sashimi or in sushi. Seafood is also deep-fried in a light batter, like Tempura Prawns. Apart from rice, staples include noodles, such as soba and udon.

A modern Asian restaurant influenced by Japanese and Korean cuisine, Taiki (大気, たいき) was founded by Krish Nayak and Apeksha Kamath under Vara Food Works. They started operations in a former Garage in December 2018 on the bustling 100 ft Road in Indiranagar. The Pan-Asian menu brings together dishes from Japanese noodle bars, street food from Korea and Thailand and some amazing flavours from other parts of Asia. Besides food, the focus is on creating a great dining experience with a cosy ambience and efficient service. The word Taiki is derived from two words – ‘tai’ (great) and ‘Ki’ (brightness), which perfectly resonates with the setting.

The restaurant, housed in a narrow space of 10’x120’, features modernist Japanese architecture. The floor plan is minimalist, warm and cozy. The menu includes varied dishes from Asian countries with a special focus on Korean and Japanese cuisine. The signature dishes include the delicious Fiery Chicken Gimbap, Korean Fried Chicken, scrumptious Thai Curry & Jasmine Rice, Yaki Udon, Prawn Tempura, Jjigae – Korean Stew among others.

The core concept of a meal in bowl may have had its origins in the “Buddha Bowl” – a vegetarian bowl based on the crucial concept of the right balance of various nutrients in one bowl as seen in Buddhist philosophy. Today these are tailored for people on the go, who want a quick and filling meal. These uniquely flavoured meal bowls are here to stay and eating out of a bowl certainly gives you a better chance of getting all the flavours and textures in your mouth with every bite.

SOUPS:

Miso Shiru – Japanese Miso soup with seaweed, silken tofu & spring onion

STARTERS:

Gyoza (tasty dumplings filled with goodness & served with dipping sauce)
Exotic mushrooms
Chicken, coriander & sesame oil

Nam Phrik - spicy thai dish with chillies, shallots and lime juice (tofu & chicken)

Prawn Tempura deep fried with a light batter. Served with mayo & sweet chilly sauce

Sushi & Gimbap (served with Wasabi, Soy sauce & Gari)
Asparagus & Tofu roll – Asparagus tempura, tofu, cream cheese
Tempura roll – Prawn tempura, red & yellow peppers, cucumber

Philadelphia maki – Cheese, cucumber, avocado

Gimbap – Korean thin seaweed rolls with sesame oil seasoned rice, spinach, carrot, cucumber, daikon radish, tamago /asparagus, red & yellow bell peppers

MOCKTAILS:

Litchi Twist - litchi, lemon, mint

Bride of Paradise – Jasmine tea, orange, basil, lime

Brazilian Lemonade – Pineapple, basil, lime, lemonade

MEAL IN A BOWL:

Bibimbap – A Korean bowl of warm white rice topped with sautéed and seasoned vegetables, gochujang, soy sauce, and fried egg  with Spicy Chicken

Katsu Curry – Prawn coated and fried with crispy Panko breadcrumbs. Served with aromatic curry sauce & Jasmine rice.

General Tso Chicken – Diced chicken cubes with peanuts and bell pepper, tossed with dry chili and Hoisin sauce. Served with Jasmine rice.

Ramen – Fresh Ramen noodles in a bowl of rich hot broth filled with Bok choy, spring onion, fried shallot, broccoli and seaweed with Chicken slices, Shiitake Mushrooms, bean sprouts and Egg

Yaki Soba – Japanese style chow-mein made of thin wheat egg noodles with fried shallots, pickled ginger & sesame seeds.

Tantanmen – A Japanese take on Sichuan Dandan noodles. Ramen noodles in a nutty sesame & soy based broth topped with egg, spring onion, fried shallot, bok choy and chili oil with Spicy ground chicken

Japchae – Korean stir-fried glass noodles with a rainbow of mix vegetables topped with spring onions & sesame oil

DESSERTS:

Binsu – Korean snowflake dessert made from milk shavings with choice of flavors and toppings

Crispy Chocolate Noodles & ice cream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: Stephen Pradeep Kotian

A Gourmand and a Wine Enthusiast from Bangalore with immense love for food and wine! I'm also a Technology Geek who writes on Emerging Technology and Gadgets @ http://www.everythingtech.in.

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