With the intent to offer an unforgettable culinary experience to its guests, Shangri-La Al Husn in Omani capital of Muscat has unveiled Aangan, the contemporary Indian restaurant. Skippered by award-winning chef Rohit Ghai, the restaurant is all set to enthrall gastronomes with a specially curated menu, says a press statement.
The statement adds that Chef Rohit curated the menu of Aangan keeping in mind the spirit of aangan or a courtyard to the shores of Oman. Much like how families and friends gather in a courtyard in an Indian home to enjoy meals together, this restaurant is just the perfect spot to create memories while enjoying the diverse flavours of Indian cuisine, says the statement. “Indian food is complex and steeped in tradition. At Aangan, I am able to showcase Indian food in a new light. Using locally grown fresh produce, authentic Indian spices, and innovative cooking techniques, I have evolved and tweaked the very best of the cuisine to create a contemporary menu,” said Chef Rohit as he looks forward to welcoming guests, not just from India but across the world.
Known globally for his soulful culinary skills, Chef Ghai was instrumental in earning Jamavar, a restaurant in London its Michelin Star in under a year. It was his vision of bringing the best of Indian cuisine to the fore that propelled him into becoming the first-ever Indian chef to achieve such an accolade in the UK, says the statement.
Learning the ropes of cooking in his mother’s kitchen in Punjab, Chef Rohit imbibed every little detail he observed as his mother cooked tasteful meals for the family. Having worked in some of the best restaurants in India, Europe, and the UK such as Gymkhana, Hoppers, Trishna, Verandah in Copenhagen, Benares in Mayfair, Kutirn, and Manthan to name a few, Chef Rohit is a known name in the culinary circuit. He recently authored Tarkari, a book that pays homage to the food his parents ate, showcasing both classic and lesser-known Indian recipes.
With Chef Rohit at the helm, the menu is curated with his unique contemporary take on Indian cuisine. His signature batter-fried crunchy masala prawn makes an appearance on the menu as he fires it up with Kashmiri chili, sesame, peanut, and tamarind, garnished with a light dusting of desiccated coconut, says the statement. Slated to be one of the most talked about and savoured preparation is the rogan josh, slow-cooked lamb shank that is accompanied by a sauteed onion base, green, and Kashmiri chili along with flavourful Indian spices and herbs, it adds.
The press release says that even the humble aloo tikki takes on a grand avatar as the crispy potato cake is flavoured with honey yoghurt, sweet and tangy tamarind, lentils, and fresh mint. Bringing a twist to the tale is the dhokla peppered with fresh apples and tempered baby heritage beetroot. The dessert menu includes mango cheesecake that is flavoured with green pistachio and a dash of pink peppercorns. The restaurant also has an extensive beverage menu with the best wines and cocktails to choose from. A must-try is the Gin & Tonic Pushpanjali.
Aangan which opened on October 25 has an alfresco terrace and overlooks the stunning Gulf of Oman. The interior beautifully blends the best of Indian and Omani culture and architectural tinges. The soaring high ceilings and stunning archways are accentuated with blue drapes, muted furniture, and striking cutlery. As the grand double-door entrance opens up, guests can feel transported to a regal odyssey.
“When the opportunity arose to work with Chef Rohit Ghai, it was an easy decision. Aangan is an exciting addition to our portfolio of premium restaurants at Shangri-La Al Husn and we are thrilled to bring this new dining destination to our guests and the local community of Muscat. Our talented team is hugely passionate about delivering memorable experiences and with its alluring fragrant spices and distinctly different dishes, Aangan is set to be one of a kind,” says René D Egle, Area General Manager, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, and Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa.