Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton | Review

Yesterday, I was invited to Flavors from South, a South Indian Food Festival for a preview tasting. After staying in Chennai for 2 years and closely associated during my travels to Bangalore and Coimbatore, the regional cuisine is not unfamiliar to me.

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Also this tasting was my first visit to the Four Points by Sheraton and goes without saying to The Eatery as well, currently hosting this festival.

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

The festival started from 18th July and goes on till 26th July everyday for dinner as a buffet spread.

Flavors from South- A Culinary Journey through Southern India. The festival is an exotic tour into the heart of Authentic South Indian cuisine! An all-time favorite blend of the finest Indian spices, South Indian cuisine has a special place in our hearts. You will explore the gastronomic beauty of coast and hills of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra and Chettinad.

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Some of the dishes expected for the festival are Coorg Chicken, Kottayam Meen Vevichadu, Walai Poo Vadai, Vanagaya Kura and many more by Chef Parama Sivam. His speciality is in his native regional cuisine.

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

The tasting very well met with my expectation and some more in terms of vegetarian fare. The menu has extensive selection of both veg and non-veg fare pleasing all. It also serves up some authentic coastal dishes like Nantu Milagu Varuval which is Crab Pepper Masala from Tamil Nadu.

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Nantu Milagu Varuval – Crab Pepper Masala from Tamil Nadu

We were served – Malli Rasam with coriander seeds and lots of coriander leaves,  Kalan Porichadu (musuroom), a Kerala style mushroom deep fried with coconut paste and spices.

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Malli Rasam

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

kalan Porichadu – Mushroom deep-fried, Kerala Style

Makkasolam Fry (baby corn), a Tamil Nadu style babycorn fried with coating of rice flour and besan, Coorg Chicken, in Karnataka style – coriander, clove &  jeera paste marinated chicken deep-fried, then tossed with chop onion, coriander leaves & tamarind.

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Makkasolam Fry (Baby Corn) – Tamil Nadu

Kari Urundai (mutton) in Chettinad style, mutton mince with chettinad masala, egg dipped and fried, Nilagiri kai Korma from Tamil Nadu – coriander , pudina, curry patta, coconut paste, gravy with onion tomato &  mixed veg.

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Nilagiri ka Korma from Tamil Nadu

Kozhi Ularthiyadu (chicken) a Kerala dish – more commonly known as chicken pepper fry, Malabar Paratha, layered rich parathas with maida.

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Kola Puttu from Kerala which is steamed cylindrical rice and coconut cake, Iddiappam and Stew and Elaneer payasam-tender coconut & milk pudding.

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Kola Puttu from Kerala

In between we were served Coconut Lips a refreshing coconut milk cooler with the meal.

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Malabari Parantha

I love Malabari Paranthas and have had plenty at various places and these by far were the best. I have never tasted ones to flaky and melt-in-mouth ones before. Really a must try with a curry/ stew of your choice.

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Idiappam

Iddiappam and mushroom starter were bang on. The flavour of whole spices hits you hard and leaves a lingering after-taste, one asking for more. Beautiful use of whole spices – a must have if you have the palate for string spices.

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Payasam

Payasam is out of the world! Do not leave the place without this. You must try it out. The tender coconut is a pleasant addition. I really hope they do home delivery and I would have ordered every single day to be sent to my place.

I didn’t enjoy the Puttu as I don’t like too dry dishes, but I am sure it would please many as it is authentic in preparation and taste.

Don’t wait any more, head out this evening and breathe in the aromas and enjoy the taste of South India.

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Coconut Lips

The food festival will tell you, that South Indian cuisine is much more than Idli, Dosa and Utappa. Great job Chef Sivam.

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Flavors from South at The Four Points by Sheraton

Disclaimer: I was hosted for this review and tasting but the experience regarding the meal is completely my own.

Details of Flavors from South and Reservation:

Date: 18th July (Saturday) to 26th July ( Sunday)

Venue: The Eatery, Four Points by Sheraton, Pune

Time: 7 pm onwards, Dinner time

Price: 800 plus taxes

Call: 7709006688/7387070301

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    Kozhi Ularthiyadu does not look that authentic as other dishes.. Your views?

    • Can’t comment as I am a vegetarian so no idea about the taste or preparation. :) I will go with your word Uttpal.