-By Karen Anand
The all-day dining at Ista is a large, clean, well-designed space with a delightful terrace. Much foliage has been planted on the terrace so that you may not see the traffic on the Nagar Road. Various cuisines are on offer but the main attraction is the recently opened Teppanyaki counter for lunch and dinner both. It has a dedicated, very experienced Teppanyaki chef, Enjang Muhammad. He brings 25 years of experience to the table, including all the theatrical skills needed for this kind of cooking - knife throwing, juggling with the fork and knife, playing with raw eggs before turning them into an omelette for the fried rice… You have the choice of set menus - vegetarian, meat and seafood or a combination of those - as well as a small à la carte selection. First comes the appetizer of the day, then tempura served warm with wasabi mayonnaise and a light tempura-dipping sauce. Then come the Hibachi vegetables, Stir-Fried Zucchini, carrot, mushrooms and onion with a ginger sauce and Ponzu dipping sauce. Main courses are accompanied by a home-made BBQ sauce and Japanese mayonnaise. The veggies are followed by four more courses - salmon, prawns, red snapper, squid, tender chicken, beef fillet, Australian lamb chops - and for the vegetarians, Silken Tofu, Teriyaki Mushrooms, Udon Noodles… Whatever your main courses, you finish off with an authentic Miso Soup and dessert of the day, which is Asian in inspiration. There are a couple of Teppanyaki experiences in the city. Their loyal Japanese guests are proof enough to vouch for the authenticity of the experience here.
Review posted within last 6 month
Earlier I was not a huge fan of Eighty Eight but now that they have a Teppanyaki counter, that is more than enough for me to love this place. The beautifully created terrace seating arrangement of this restaurant is charming and in food Stir fried Zucchini and Silken Tofu are simply woow in taste. In main course everything is worth paying money for. Eighty Eight is a delight in its ambience and in its cuisine specialization.
Review posted more than 6 month ago
Now the food of this place apart, you get to see some knife juggling, playing around with forks and spoons and magic work served on a plate in the form of food. I love the complete experience that one gets in this place and food is definitely simply great. The main course is the highlight and is completely mouth watering.
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