Five senses located in The Westin, Velachery specializes in Oriental cuisines.
As your walk in, the beautiful ambience engulfs you. Done up in subtle tones of brown and beige with a hint of red, the place works Elegance.
The pillar housing hundreds of mini golden Buddhas, the bird cages, the Japanese or Chinese(I don’t know which one)writing on wall, the lovely wooden mesh, the soft tinted mirrors on the wall, all come together to paint a lovely picture.
The table is set brilliantly complete with tiny tea cup, chopsticks, et.. The place is classy yet very comforting and oh so soothing. The plating and presentation deserves a special mention.
Five Sen5es is currently hosting a Teppanyaki food fest. Curated by Chef Devender, the menu showcases the best of Teppanyaki delicacies.
Teppanyaki is a special cooking style in Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food that can range from meat, seafood to vegetables. (Teppan means iron plate in English, and yaki means broiled, grilled, or pan-fried.)
We let the chef take the rein and serve us what he thought was the best. What we tried and loved, a brief,
Drinks : We tried Watermelon Lychee crush, Sencha iced tea and Green goddess.
Watermelon crush was sweet. Sencha Ice Tea was too strong flavored for me. Green goddess, a perfect blend of pineapple, kiwi and mint, an instant refresher!
Miso soup : A traditional Japanese soup served with chunky cubes of salmon and tofu. Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybean with salt. Though subtle, the soup tasted simply brilliant.
Chicken and leeks yakitori : Yakitori is a type of skewered chicken. While grilling it is usually seasoned with tare sauce(thickened and blended soy sauce and vinegar). Served along with chopped leeks, it was delicious.
Garlic prawns : Tiger Prawns tossed along with chopped garlic, sake* and creamy mayo to create this beauty. Delectable.
*Sake is a Japanese alcoholic drink made of fermented rice, koji (often translated as rice malt or yeast made from rice) and water. In Japanese, the word ‘sake’ also means alcoholic beverages in general.
Barbecue tenderloin : Chunks of beef meat tossed in BBQ sauce and served with pomegranate and coriander. The meat was succulent and being a meat lover, I couldn’t get enough of this.
Chicken with chili soya : Boneless chicken stir fried in chilli soya sauce. Fresh, mildly spiced and yumm!
Teppanyaki black pepper lamb : Chunks of boneless lamb tossed in black pepper and sauces. Juicy and scrumptious.
Wasabi Soy Tenderloin : Tenderloin cooked to perfection, topped with a hint of wasabi sauce and Soy sauce and served along with stir fried vegetables. The meat was cooked to perfection and the seasoning was light yet the flavours were awesome.
Okonomiyaki is Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients, ours was made with flour, eggs . The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “how you like” or “what you like”, and yaki meaning “grill. It is drizzled with Kewpie mayonnaise(mayo rich with vinegar), okonomi sauce (Worcestershire sauce blended with honey) and sprinkle with Aonori (green seaweed).
Flambé ice cream: Vanilla ice cream, a melange of fruits and liqueur. Need I say not? *Yumm*
Flambe is a cooking procedure in which alcohol is added to a hot pan to create a burst of flames. The word means ‘flamed’ in French.
The beautiful meal came to an end with some fortune cookies. Instead of quoting a distant fortune, the ones served here carry witty offers that can be used at the restaurant immediately!!
To be very honest, I went to Five Sen5es with zero expectations. I was not a big fan of the cuisine either. It’s safe to say now, post this beautiful and elaborate dinner, I walked out a fan.
Japan – You are on my list now!!
The fest is on only till the 18th of March. Don’t miss it!
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