Oakroom Restaurant Pasig, Indian Food Festival in Manila!

Craving for something different this week? Check out this Indian Food Festival happening in Manila from today until March 1, 2013 (next Friday) at Oakroom! Let me give you a sampling below and if you want more, maybe you'll give spice-y world of Indian cuisine a chance. My spotlight today is again with this restaurant because it has made it into my Favorite Guiltless Date Places in Manila list. As I've said before in that post:
Eating different cuisines in Manila is a great way to experience a slice of life in different parts of the world. Read all about my previous Oakroom review here.
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A brief introduction of my food preference: I fell in love with Indian food (a particular dessert actually called Gulab Jamun) during my first try in Shanghai, China. When I came back to Manila, I wanted to broaden my Indian food vocab so I dragged J to New Bombay Restaurant (then newly opened in Wilson). My Indian favorites soon included Masala, Butter Naan, Palak Paneer, Mango Lassi - some things I could eat over and over leaving me fully satisfied and potentially, actually easily, making me a thousand-peso poorer haha (so expensive relative to other cuisines in Manila..). But I do know that these are just the tip of the iceberg. India is super big and for sure, there are many more dishes to try! I've been on the lookout for more Indian restaurants in the metro until now like that time when we went to Kashmir in Makati. I find that Indian food doesn't necessarily mean spicy, I think spice-y is my term (they call it "spice-kissed" - as in lots of spices in your mouth and rich flavors.


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So, Oakroom's Indian Cuisine Festival just started yesterday and it will go on until March 1, 2013. Indian Chef Ashutosh Nerlekar from Oakwood Bangalore (right below) is in town to bring the flavors of India to Manila =) 


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You have 6 Indian appetizers, 6 main Indian dishes and 3 Indian desserts to choose from (no soup). 

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The menu is a la carte so you can do an Oakroom normal buffet then just order more from the Indian Food Festival menu too! hehe. Here are the important dates to remember!


Indian Food Festival a la carte (until March 1, 2013) - bill depends on your order
Available Lunch 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Dinner 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Daily Lunch Buffet (ongoing) - P999++
Available Lunch 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Chinoy Friday Dinner Buffet (until May 3, 2013) - P888++
Available Fridays 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

American Sunday Brunch Buffet (until March 24, 2013) - P1699++
Available Sundays 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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An experiment I tried during this event was to be considered "vegetarian" haha (because I can eat just Paneer, Indian cottage cheese, all day long). I was thinking it was easier (of all cuisines) to eat all veggies when it comes to Indian food because I already eat their veggie dishes, and cheese, without hesitation. And so, I was the only one who chose the vegetarian option I was told hahaha (of course I made a deal with my seatmate to try her dishes as well). Please note that the portions here are sample sizes so we got to taste a lot in the menu (actual sizes of the dish may vary). Some of the dishes are also not available in the menu and were just added by the chef for us (kasi nga vegetarian ako haha and I just like to complete the experience for this post, bait ni Chef diba?!).

Appetizers
From the left, Paneer Pakoda (fried cottage cheeeesssee!!! yum-my, ako na ang special at ako lang ang meron haha, not in menu), Aloo Tikki (I like this the most, all those flavors in your mouth) and Chana Palak Kebab (garbanzo beans and spinach with cashews, nutty and crunchy). All are yummy! I was super glad I chose vegetarian! Haha.

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For meat-eaters from the left, there's Mutton Galouti Kebab (minced lamb), Fish Amritsari (deep fried and full of spices) and Chicken Tikka (boneless, marinated in masala).

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Not in Menu
This one's a bonus for us - Tomato Rasam (tomato and lentil broth with fritters, tastes plain but suddenly very spicy kick in your throat after haha, not in menu). 

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They served us this long-grained Basmati rice Pulao to go with our main course. Although this is not in the menu, there's a Basmati rice dish - Biryani in chicken, mutton or vegetable options available in the Indian Food Festival a la carte menu.

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Main Courses (sample sizes only in my pictures, may not be actual size)
They said every main course comes with this finger food (Amuse bouche so to speak or bite-sized hors d'œuvre). Note: the serving is actually only as big as a 5-peso coin hehehe. But the flavor will burst in your mouth! It's a mini Masala Papad with some Red Kidney Bean Topping. Mmm..

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It may all look the same since they have almost the same color but trust me, it tastes completely different. From the left, there's the Paneer Makhani (no meat just cottage cheese! haha), some Dal (made of lentils or beans, basta tastes like monggo hehe, all meals will be served with Dal of the Day) and a vegetarian cauliflower concoction (not in menu, tastes good also). 

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These is the Paratha (not sure if included under bread in the menu) for dipping into everything! But I like it plain because it's stuffed with something inside. 

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Others like this one better.

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For meat-eaters, there's Dal, Allepey Prawn Curry (prawn with curry and coconut), Methi Murgh (boneless chicken in rich gravy) and two more - Mutton Curry and South Indian Fish Fry.

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Desserts
I made a new discovery for dessert. From the left, there's Gulab Jamun (like leche flan hehe, I like it warm and soft), raspberry sherbet (cleansed my palette, not in menu, vanilla ice cream in menu) and last but not the least, Carrot Hulwa (that's some small but terrible dish very nice haha, grated carrots stewed in milk and nuts)! There's another dessert called Bebinca (go figure! use Filipino haha).

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So there you have it! Have some Indian food for a change, you guys! You have until March 1 to go to Oakroom!

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The Oakroom Restaurant and Bar is located on the 6th floor of the Oakwood Joy~Nostalg Center (a premiere hotel for staycations in Manila).

Have you ever tried Indian food? If yes, what is your favorite dish (doesn't have to be in this menu)? If no, what dishes would you like to try first from the Indian Food Festival a la carte menu (you can enlarge the menu photos) and who would you take with you for the Oakroom dining experience? Please feel free to comment below. You can also subscribe to my updates via email on the top left part of the sidebar if you liked this post.

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Restaurant Details:
6th Floor, Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center Manila
17 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig
Open Mondays to Sundays
719-1160 (direct line) / 637-7888 ext. 8604

50 comments:

  1. Yes, I've tried and loved Indian food. I would love to bring my husband w/ me and try Allepey Prawn Curry. Everything looks divine! Yum! :)

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  2. I haven't been try/ate anykind of Indian food. I would love to have a try on it if I won! :)

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  3. biryani i love;) same with the Gulab Jamun! had this before and it was indeed much like leche flan;) i would take my dearest hubby...he loves Indian food no ...he adores Indian food...and to have an authentic taste of it at Oakroom Restaurant would be just awesome!!!!

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  4. I havent tried indian cuisine. I would love to try it with my Mako :) we love to eat sooo much

    I want to try their dessert Gulab Jamun since you've said it was like leche flan hihi

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  5. Yes I have already tried Indian food from our Indian restaurant in Quezon City, it's kabab beef with grilled tomato and mayonnaise serve with long-grained rice it's tasty.

    in our menu I really love to taste Allepey Prawn Curry (prawn with curry and coconut), Methi Murgh (boneless chicken in rich gravy) and two more - Mutton Curry and South Indian Fish Fry because its look hot and yummy that's my favorite.

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  6. never tried indian food before so ill join here in your blog :) always :) me and my tita will go if i won or maybe my nanay :) we like food trips :)

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  7. Yes tried it already! I like Chicken Masala and Chicken Pica (I hope i get the right spelling)heheh

    Of course my Hubby. I remembered he works there as a waiter last 4 years ago and for a change as he assist and serve the other people at the dining area I want him to be the guest and be serve by the waiter in the Oakwood dining.

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  8. Yes, I have tried Nasi Goreng in Little India when we visited Singapore few years back. Bebinca looks appetizing, I would love to try that! If I win this contest, I would take with me my Hun who likes Korean so he could have a taste of Indian cuisine :)

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  9. Have tried Indian food and love curry food with roti prata

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  10. I have never tried eating Indian Food but love to try it. I would try the Chicken Tikka and for the dessert I'll try Gulab Jamun. I will ask my mom to go with me. :)

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  11. Yes, I love their samosas and chicken lemon tikka. I would like Oakwood's Chana Palak Kebab, South Indian Fish Fry and Masala Papad with some Red Kidney Bean Topping. And I will bring my daughter with me who loves Indian food!

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  12. Yes, I;ve tried indian food and love their samosas and chicken lemon tikka. At the Indian Food festival, I would like to try South Indian Fry Fish, Masala Papad with some Red Kidney Bean Topping and Chana Palak Kebab.

    I will bring along my daughter who loves Indian food!

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  13. never tried indian food before but given a chnce id like to try their basmati rice,prawn curry and also their dessert and id like to dine in with my husband

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  14. Yes, Love indian food. love their roti pratha and biryani rice

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  15. Yes, I’ve tried Indian food - chicken lemon tikka and their samosas. At the Indian Food Festival at Oakwood, I would like to try their Chana Palak Kebab, South Indian Fish Fry, and Gulab Jamun. I would bring along my daughter who loves Indian food.

    merlie cacho
    merlie.cacho@yahoo.com

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  16. Yes, I’ve tried Indian food - chicken lemon tikka and their samosas. At the Indian Food Festival at Oakwood, I would like to try their Chana Palak Kebab, South Indian Fish Fry, and Gulab Jamun. I would bring along my daughter who loves Indian food.

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  17. Haven't tried Indian food yet but I want to try their desserts especially carrot hulwa. :)
    I want to try lamb mince kebab from the a la carte menu and I would take my boyfriend, J. :)

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  18. I haven't tried it yet. :( I want some.. pleaseeee :))

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  19. I really love Indian food; in fact, I was craving for it since yesterday haha. I like pakora, samosa, dhal, chicken tandoori, biryani, murgh makhani, and I love all their breads: chapati, naan, paratha, dosa, name it. Gulab Jamun is also my favorite. I made some a couple of years ago. I also can eat a whole box of burfi haha. After a hearty Indian meal, a nice tall glass of lassi will definitely cool down your palate. I hope I can win so I can satisfy my craving :) I will take my daughter with me who like me, is also an Indian food lover :)

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  20. I dont know if I tried Indian food but I have eaten Persian dishes like Kebab, Taka, Teeka, Humus, Biryani rice. I would bring my wife to this event if I win this... =)

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  21. I havent tried any indian cuisine but I want to try it together with my hubby and kids because eating is our favorite past time

    especially I also want to try their dessert Gulab Jamun

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  22. I havent tried indian cuisine yet but I would together with my kids and hubby because eating is our favorite past time..yehy!!!!

    and I also want to taste their dessert Gulab Jamun

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  23. I'm not sure if that was Indian, but I have eaten once before in Prince of Jaipur. I loved the lamb! Some of the dishes that I'd really like to try are the following: (1) Paneer Makhani - because I love anything with cheese; (2) Paneer Pakoda - cheese that's FRIED? Give me some NOW; (3) Gulab Jamun - I'm a big desserts person and the description of this food item on the menu is just making me salivate, and (4) Bebinca - anything with 7 layers is probably good plus it's served with vanilla ice cream.

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  24. I haven't tried Indian food yet but the dessert looks interesting. I'll definitely bring my hubby and son if I win. :)

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  25. Have you ever tried Indian food?
    ---NOT YET and would loveeee toooooo!
    who would you take with you for the Oakroom dining experience?
    ---Would like to take my husband, since he volunteer as a nurse in St. Lukes.. he didnt get any salary or allowance,so we didnt even get a chance to have date on VDAY cause of tight budget.. this will be a post valentine treats. ^_^
    I wud love to take him there!

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  26. I'm not sure if I've tried any Indian food already. I would like to try chicken tikka skewer. I would bring either my sister or my bf whoever is available on that day. :)

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  27. i haven't tried indian food yet but I know it's kinda spicy. I will take my husband so he can also experience Indian dishes.

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  28. I have tried Indian cuisine before. I really love koftas, it has this curry, turmeric flavor and it is formed into balls whhich is made of Dory (fish) with a tartar sauce. YUM ♥ I would like to try the Chicken Tikka because it is marinated with masala which i;ve heard tastes really good with Basmati rice :D I would bring my boyfriend to this event since we always have these food adventure where we try different cuisines :) And i think he would totally love this :D

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  29. Have you ever tried Indian food? If yes, what is your favorite dish (doesn't have to be in this menu)?
    Answer: NO

    What dishes would you like to try first from the Indian Food Festival a la carte menu (you can enlarge the menu photos)
    Answer: Paneer makhani,Dal,and Vegetarian Cauliflower

    Who would you take with you for the Oakroom dining experience?
    Answer: My family

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  30. Haven't tried them yet as far as I can remember. Would like the meaty dishes particularly the Mutton Kebab and Chicken Tikka.

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  31. Havent try, i wanna try this dishes Mutton Galouti Kebab

    Who would you take with you for the Oakroom dining experience?Husband

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  32. Itried Curry :) THE MOST known indian cuiaine right ! Given the chance to taste oakwoods menu, i want carrot hulwa. and if i have a money ill bring all my family -kany vic perez

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  33. I haven't eaten any Indian food yet, but I'd love to try the Tawa Jhinga..I'm a prawn lover..=)
    I'll bring with me my Aunt who lives nearby the place and loves different tastes..=)

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  34. i tried curry:) Chicken Tikka wud an absolute great choice. vI wud gladly take my childbthere.

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  35. I haven't tried Indian foods yet and given a chance I will take my BFF Jae to the Oakroom dining experience! India is one of my dream destination, I love how people there had a great sense of value for family and faith. Their culture is deep and rich. It will definitely a great opportunity to try Indian cuisine this time...

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  36. i haven't try any indian food but i love to experience it.

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  37. ver tried indian food before so ill join here maybe Ill bring along my mom and sister to try something different!

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  38. haven't tried it.. but I would love to try their curries.. I would definitely bring my mom here.. :)

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  39. I haven't triend Indian food. If given a chance I'd like to try Dal, Allepey Prawn Curry

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  40. i havent tried it yet. i'd like to document my experience w/ my brother

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  41. I'd like to try Mutton Galouti Kebab from the Indian Food Festival a la carte menu. I'd take my mom with me at the Oakroom dining experience

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  42. To be honest di pa ako nakakatry,and if ever my chance syempre hubby ko para maexperience namin.

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  43. I love foods rich in spices and herbs. I'd love to try this given the chance to win. :)

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  44. I haven't tried eating Indian foods but I love trying something new. If given a chance, I would love to try Fish Amritsar cause it looks delicious. I wanna bring my family with me. :)

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  45. i haven't </3 but i'd love to try with my sister! :)

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  46. Is shawarma's indian food? LOL! Haven't tried any Indian food, If I'll win, I'll surely bring my dad because He deserves a treat like this since he always cook for us :)

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    1. i think shawarma is persian or arabian hehe

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  47. I WOULD LIKE TO TRY Allepey Prawn Curry!!!IT SEEMS SO DELICIOUS! I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE MY BEAU~ OUR ULTIMATE BONDING IS EATING!HE WOULD REALLY LOVE THIS! ♥ THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS WITH US MS. MELODY!~ ♥

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  48. Honestly, I am not aware if ever I had tried an Indian food before. Curry is an Indian cuisine right? How about Shawarma? I'm not really sure that's why it would be great if I would win the gift certificate and taste what really an Indian food is. I'm looking forward in trying Paneer (cottage cheese) and Mutton Galouti Kebab since I haven't tried a lamb,ever. Dessert is in my "must-try" list too. ;) I'll bring my parents with me of course (my forever date :D) And if ever I do win, then my birthday menu is all set. :)

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Hi. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I'd love to hear from you =)