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The art of food presentation

Here at Itihaas, we strive on creating a dining experience like no other, which is why the art of food presentation is so important to us. Our visual senses are what initially draws us in, which is why patterns, colours and symmetry all play a huge part in attracting us to certain dishes – we know you not only want your food to taste good but look good too. It’s also important that your surroundings match the cuisine – let the décor takes you on a journey, along with the flavours of each dish.

Dining at Itihaas, you will experience intricately prepared dishes, every flavour and spice carefully chosen to bring joy and comfort to your palate. The colours on your plate each represent a taste of India, and our historic artefacts and luxurious décor will transport you there. All of these aspects add to the event of dining out, bringing together great food in a great setting.

Carefully prepared dishes deserve to be presented beautifully, even with your own home cooking. If you’re planning on cooking a loved one a meal, or are hosting a dinner party for friends, we’ve got a few tips on how to show off your food:

  • Use white plates– they help to make your food the focal point so it doesn’t get lost in patterns/bright colours.
  • Placement is key – place your food on the plate in lines or in geometric shapes
  • Have a focal point – usually this is meat or fish, but whatever the focal point, make sure it doesn’t get lost on the plate, but also don’t hide the other elements
  • Colours should complement each other – colours should match the flavours of the dish, but they also help us to identify the overall mood (spiciness, tartness etc.)
  • Always garnish– this increases flavour and adds an extra dimension to the dish

 

Alternatively, come join us at Itihaas Indian Restaurant to see how we value the art of food presentation.

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What’s your bread type?

When attending an Indian restaurant, you’ll most likely see a range of breads offered to accompany your dishes. Each one is unique and brings different flavours and textures to your meal.

Chapatti  – An unleavened flatbread made of whole wheat flour (known as Atta) plus salt and water. Common in South Asia, chapattis can be pretty much served with anything. They’re light and easy to roll which makes them great for dipping and filling with vegetables.

 

Dosa – A dosa is very similar to a crepe or pancake. It’s typically made from rice batter and black lentils, and is a very common part of a South Indian diet. They’re traditionally served hot and can be stuffed with a variety of fillings and served with chutneys.

 

Naan – A very popular accompaniment in many Indian restaurants, as a hot naan goes wonderfully alongside curry dishes. Typically made from white flour, salt, yeast and yoghurt, they also often come in a mix of flavours as items such as garlic or raisins are added to the batter mixture.

 

Poppadom –  Thin, crisp disc that is traditionally served as an accompaniment to most dishes, but mostly as a snack or appetiser. Made using flour from a variety of sources, such as lentils, chickpeas and rice. They’re great for adding texture to your meal.

 

Paratha – A layered or stuffed flatbread that is often confused with a chapatti – though these are much thinner. It’s served as a treat as can be quite heavy and filling due to the dough being coated with ghee or oil and folded repeatedly. They’re delicious stuffed with potatoes and other vegetables, but are also tasty with just butter spread on top.

Why not come sample the variety of authentic Indian dishes we serve at Itihaas? Click view here for our menus. 

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