In a line: Get ready to transport your tastebuds across Asian streets in style!
Price for two: Rs. 3000(approx)
Nearest Metro station: Aerocity
Must haves: Singapore style pork ribs, chilli soft shell crab
The best of food can sometimes be found on the most bustling of streets in carts and small stalls. In Asian countries, street food reigns supreme and this is what has been a source of inspiration for Honk, an Asian food restaurant located in the plush Pullman Hotel, Aerocity.
Drawing its name from all the honking going around in the streets where one can find some delicious snacking options to binge on, Honk is ready to offer its patrons some street-style food with their own unique twists.
Located on the lower ground floor of Pullman Hotel, Honk is a plush and warm eatery that is done up in hues of wood and crimson along with a few dashes of gold that add a rich and soothing vibe to the whole place. The 122 seater restaurant is dimly lit and the tables are spread far apart for you to have your private conversations. Right from the cane lamps on the ceiling to the open kitchen and robata grill to the unique hand-made cutlery, everything at Honk has a story behind it.
Take your tastebuds across asian streets, from Japan to Thailand to Vietnam with their menu that offers some delectable options to choose from. Having opted for the chef’s tasting menu(Celebration), after the musk melon and five spice amuse bouche, the meal started with a shrimp tempura sushi with cured mango and tobajan aioli. The crunch from the tempura shrimp was so good that we couldn’t resist ourselves from ordering a portion of tempura prawns later on in the evening.
The prawns and coriander crystal dumplings came in next and were too tiny to grab onto a lot of flavour and hence, had to be had twice. The edamame and shallot dumpling tasted good but certainly lacked repeat appeal. Next flew in some delicious fried chicken wings with sambal. Packed full of flavours and falling off the bone, these are to look forward to. The chicken and fish skewers, right from the robatayaki grill should not be missed too. Chicken breast with miso garlic was a hit.
The culinary journey was continued with the mains flowing in. The Singapore chilli soft shell crab came in a beautiful branched black vessel and was devoured with some kimchi rice. The combination turned out to be absolutely amazing and the spice was certainly not overpowering. Kung pao chicken tasted equally good, though the vegetable stir fried noodles had an unusual aftertaste and weren’t as appetising. We also took the liberty to order a portion of Singapore style pork ribs, that was not a part of the chef’s menu, and were fortunate enough to be rewarded for our choice. Moist and succulent, the pork ribs are going to get me back to honk very soon.
The meal had to be concluded on a sweet note and what better way to end, than with some chocolate. The instagram-worthy dish, caramel chocolate and peanut parfait comes in the form of a tempered chocolate dome that is melted by pouring some warm caramel sauce, that reveals the praline hidden inside. A beautiful and well balanced dessert, the crunch element from the hazelnut and tartness from the raspberry curd made it perfect. The matcha green tea donuts with yuzu cream came on a long wooden plate, with tiny donut balls filled with lemon curd and paired with coconut ice cream. While the flavours were good and went well together, the dessert would have won the day had the donuts been a bit warm.
Confession: Honk, a chic restaurant serving some delicious Asian food at Pullman is something that people should look forward to. The prices are a bit on the higher side but the dish makes up for it.
Value for money: 3.5/5