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Recently, Dhempe Travel Blog and MacroTraveller were invited to host a table of top food bloggers in Bangalore at Conrad Bengaluru for the launch of the new menu at Mikusu restaurant.

Mikusu restaurant at Conrad Bengaluru is a heaven for Pan Asian cuisine aficionados as it has a flavourful, spiced infused menu along with their famed sushi bar, robatayaki grill and the wok & roll. It is almost as if you are sitting by the Sumida lake in Tokyo!

The team at Mikusu comprises of executive Chef Praveen Shetty, his able executive sous chef Dolphy Lobo and the wonderful Food and Beverage Managers, Ninad Chimote and Prachi Chavan.

Wondering what does Mikusu mean? Mikusu in Japanese means a blend. That’s why in Mikusu restaurant at Conrad Bengaluru you get to see a blend of Japanese, Chinese and Thai cuisines. Mikusu is an Asian affair : It is an exotic culinary blend of Japanese, Chinese and Thai cultures, paying homage through a luxuriously crafted ambience and soulful experiences.

Authentic, uncomplicated and elegant dishes celebrate the culinary artistry of the East, while allowing the intricate flavors of each ingredient to take center stage. Their dishes are imbued with a strong sense of their locale and are paired with a curated range of exquisite sake and exotic Asian cocktails.

This fantastic restaurant setup inside Conrad Bengaluru hotel serves the best of Asian Cuisine. The restaurant hosted a special tasting experience for a select group of people.

Chef Praveen Shetty curated a special tasting menu and served the best dishes from Asian cuisine. The chef focuses on quality ingredients to offer a spread that satiates the palate of a global traveler. An exclusive community table was set up where everyone was served the lovely food. Along with good food, we devoured some excellent Champagne and Red Wine.

Things I tried were Mushroom Ramen, Tofu Carpaccio, Chef’s Signature Assorted Sushi, BBQ Mushroom Dimsum, Rock Corn Tempura & Tofu Skewers. Stir-Fried Greens and Assorted Mushroom Saute along with Vegetable Yaki Udon and Yakimeshi. I savored the special selection of Desserts, Five Spiced Chocolate Mousse with Orange Compote.

Chef Dolphy Lobo informed us that the Norwegian salmon comes from the famed market in Japan, the macha and more. There are very few serving the robatayaki on charcoal, most offer gas options which is what makes them different. Chef Lobo was earlier with Delhi’s Mansingh, Wasabi by Morimoto, and before that with Taj Palace Mumbai.

Recently I was invited to the launch of the Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel which is a part of the Marriott International. It is the brand’s first hotel in South India and the fourth in line to join the Renaissance Hotels India portfolio, following the launch of Renaissance Ahmedabad earlier this year. Reinforcing the brand’s global commitment to design, the hotel features horse-inspired design motifs given its locale which is next to Bengaluru Race Course; setting the stage for guests to go “off-script” and experience unconventional travel.

Actual view of the Bangalore Race Course from Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel

Speaking on the launch, Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President, South Asia, Marriott International said, “The hospitality sector is moving forward at a very fast pace and India is a strategic growth market for us right now. The rise of the middle class, increasing disposable incomes and double-digit growth in domestic tourism are very positive trends. Bengaluru as a market is witnessing phenomenal growth, its booming tech scene makes it one of the country’s most dynamic cities with exceptional economic growth and strong business activity. With the debut of the Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel, guests can experience a global, lifestyle hospitality brand that seeks to inspire, and encourages spontaneous discovery when travelling, be it for business or pleasure”.

Reception of Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel

With 276 modern and artfully designed rooms, the Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel offers an unsurpassed view of the Bangalore Turf Club. Establishing its proximity to this iconic Turf Club, the design elements at the hotel revolves around many horse-related aspects, in line with the brand’s design philosophy of “look and look again”. Life-sized horse heads, symbolic of locally incorporated features, greets guests at the entrance of the hotel. The famous Channapatna toys native to the state of Karnataka– handmade from wood and natural colors, are thoughtfully placed across various locations within the property, bringing alive elements of the local artisan community, while the hotel corridors are adorned with paintings of horses, lending an element of quiet grandeur.

Cinnamon Coffee Shop at Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel

The hotel houses four incredible culinary outlets – Lush, the casual all-day dining restaurant serving delectable cuisines from across the world. Cinnamon, the one-stop destination located at the lobby level for gourmet delicatessen items and sweet treats.

Bath Tub in Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel

R Bar is a stylish pub with a contemporary twist featuring live bands as a part of the brands signature program RLife Live. To add an essence of art to R Bar, a life-size wooden horse is suspended from the restaurant’s ceiling making for a very compelling image. The PoolBar offers a delightful break from city life, with a healthy mix of Chef’s special detox salads served along with poolside favorites such as frozen margaritas & cold infused fruits. Leisure facilities at the hotel include a full service spa and an outdoor swimming pool.

The hotel offers extensive facilities for social events and meetings. Spread over 12680 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor space, the property features the brand’s signature R.E.N. Meetings Program with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology and high-speed Wi-Fi.

A team of dedicated event and wedding specialists are available to assist and help organize events both large and small. Adding an element of surprise, all meeting room tables have innovative Channapatna toys and wooden Blotters, traced with horse imprints, intended to spark that unexpected, fun and creative moment during meetings.

Evenings at Renaissance is where guests can connect, socialize, and experience the locale through nightly programming. Positioned with a sense of clever theatricality, Renaissance Hotels offers its guests an open invitation to experience something a little unexpected during their travels.

For the true social discoverer, the hotel’s Navigators will help experience the neighborhood’s soul by highlighting the hidden gems and handpicked local discoveries – the best in cuisine, music, arts and more.

“It is our pleasure to introduce the city of Bengaluru to its first Renaissance Hotel. We are proud to be a part of this incredible growth story and see the hotel serve as a platform for guests to explore and share all that is vibrant and exciting about the city. With a distinct and conscious effort to present local experiences in an unusual manner, the Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel will always have that unexpected surprise waiting for its guests.” said Firoz Jangaria, General Manager, Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel.

Actual external shot of the Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel

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