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Meet The Chef

Chef Manish Uniyal
Hyatt Centric

Chef Manish Uniyal believes that food is to live for and enjoy. Nothing, really, is to die for. The Head Chef at Hyatt Centric is in conversation with Explocity. He takes us through his journey as a chef and how Bangalore is a chefs paradise.


Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Dehradun.


What led you to becoming a chef?

I have always loved cooking at home

Food Fetish
Malini Aikat

But she is a big foodie. Malini Aikat is particular about food. As long as it is simple. Heston Blumenthal and his cute presentations don’t impress her in the least. In conversation with Explocity.

Are you a foodie?

Yeah, for sure.

Do you have Valentine’s Day plans?

Nope, I don’t do Valentine’s Day for all sorts of Hallmark reasons.

What’s your favourite cuisine?



All You Need Is Love And Dinner By The Pool And A Spa Treatment
But at Taj MG Road, especially on VDay all you need is a couples dinner by the pool, couples spa treatment and a dance party.


The Beatles led us to believe all you need is love. And that should be true more so on Valentine’s Day. But at Taj MG Road, especially on VDay all you need is a couples dinner by the pool, couples spa treatment and a dance party.

As we go through each year, we’re getting greedier and greedier. With so much technology, information and option, why should one settle for just love. Is it really all you need? Especially when you can get love and a couples massage out of it? In that vein, here are some of your options to choose from.


Unusual Aphrodisiacs From Asia
February is love month. It is also Chinese New Year. Would it be the worst thing if we combined the two and gave you a list of unusual aphrodisiacs from Asia?


February is love month. It’s the month of chocolate, strawberries, Champagne, Cupid and Valentine’s. It is also Chinese New Year. Would it be the worst thing if we combined Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year and gave you a list of unusual aphrodisiacs from Asia? It is conventional wisdom that oysters and dark chocolate (not together of course) are aphrodisiacs, but what are some of the other aphrodisiacs? This list gets quite funky. Proceed to read with caution.


The most well known food with a bad reputation is the durian. The smell is awful enough that it

Romance At JW Marriott
JW Kitchen, Alba, and Spiced Terrace fill their menus with wine and other aphrodisiacs to put you in the mood.


For Valentine’s Day the vibe is going to be romance at JW Marriott. JW Kitchen, Alba, and Spiced Terrace fill their menus with wine and other aphrodisiacs to put you in the mood.

JW Kitchen

Oyster Rockefeller, Lobster Thermidor Tart, a fondue station, Wine Poached Seafood, Tiramisu, Chocolate Coated Strawberries, Strawberry Lemon Curd Trifle and more make up their buffet menu. The meal is priced at Rs 3999 per couple.


Their signature dishes are Flavoured Lobster, Spinach Tortellini, Strawberry and Ti Amo Risotto, Red Velvet Lamb and Love Cheesecake with Exotic Berries. The menu

Literary Bite
“You are never alone on Valentine’s Day if you’re near a lake and have bread.” – Mike Primavera       Photo credits: Twitter
~ Mike Primavera
Lite Bite

Sablé is a cookie from France that is made with shortbread. These French sand cookies comes from the western part of France from...more
ITC’s Day Of Love

ITC Hotels are all in to make your day of love special. There are tailor made menus, spa deals and more at ITC Windsor and ITC Gardenia.At Windsor, Raj Pavilion, Royal Afghan, Dum Pukth and the poolside will have live music while the chef lays out a buffet menu for the evening. The Valentine's Day cake is the focus of the buffet. The experience that they have planned is priced at Rs 5999.ITC Gardenia has a special menu at Lotus Pavilion, Cubbon Pavilion, Edo and Ottimo. A stay package is part of their experience. Prices start at Rs 4999.


Candlelight Dinner At Lalit

There is a candlelight dinner at Lalit at Alfresco, 24/7 and Baluchi. Your table will have a bottle of sparkling wine with the candlelight and music.At Alfresco and 24/7 there is a buffet that is priced at Rs 4999 per couple.Baluchi has a four course Indian menu with live ghazal music. This is also priced at Rs 4999 per couple.There is also a poolside option with a private tent for Rs 12999 per couple. At Lalit Ashok.


Valentine’s 2019 At Leela Palace

Leela Palace offers you a stay package for, they claim, the night of your dreams this Valentine’s 2019.Woo your other half with a poolside table for two with candlelights, Champagne, roses, and a menu of your choice made by Chef Zafar.The curated Valentine’s Day experience is priced at Rs 50,000.There is also an a la carte menu at Le Cirque.At Leela Palace.


Love Is Everyday At Cafe Noir

With their special Valentine’s Day menu that continues over the weekend, Cafe Noir can claim that love is everyday. Their special menu is called L’amour C’est Tous Les Jours A Cafe Noir, literally Love Is Everyday At Cafe Noir.There is the option of a 2 course or a three course meal for lunch and dinner. You can also get your Valentine a welcome gift at the restaurant. The menu has French dishes like Nicoise Salad and Chicken Basquaise but the focus is on the dessert. Je T’aime and Mon Amour, a silky chocolate mousse with caramelised


Champagne Paired Menu For Valentine’s Day

Considering V-Day is a day for pairs, The Oberoi has a wine and Champagne paired menu for Valentine’s Day. Rim Naam and Le Jardin have menus that pair well with wines, Champagne and love. Well, shouldn’t count as a threeso… never mind.The buffet at Le Jardin and Rim Naam has a cheese and charcuterie section, a seafood bar, live grills and of course, a dessert section.The menu is Rs priced at Rs 3500 plus taxes per person with soft beverages, Rs 3950 plus taxes per person with sparkling wine and cocktails and Rs 4950 plus taxes


Valentine’s Day Menu At Radisson Blu Atria

The Executive Chef has created a special Valentine’s Day menu at Radisson Blu Atria. The meal will be served at the Whiskey Bar, at the side of the pool, under the stars where a guitarist will be performing live.The Valentine’s Day menu comprises a Cauliflower and Strawberry Bisque, Pan Seared Scallops, Pistachio Crusted Salmon with Black Rice Risotto, Sous Vide Duck Breast with Duck Leg Confit and a Trio Of Chocolate Cake and Kanafeh for dessert.The menu prices start from Rs 1999 and will be served on 14 February, 2019 from 7:30pm.At


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