Changeable Hawk-Eagle [Crested Hawk-Eagle]

Changeable Hawk-Eagle [Crested Hawk-Eagle]

Tiger spotting has some side effects - the good ones :) We got to see this magnificent raptor up close at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. The crest makes the bird look all more beautiful.

Close-up of Changeable Hawk-Eagle [Crested Hawk-Eagle]

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ISO: 6400
Focal Length: 500 mm

Channeling rainwater to decorate the exterior, at Vittala Temple of Hampi - an idea from the era gone by

Several small channels to direct rainwater for breathtaking exterior decoration

How brilliant the architects and the actual working sculptors and labourers must be, in the time gone by, when they had an idea of and actually built a temple where the exteriors have been carved out in a way that rainwater gets channelized within the intricate carvings, flows from special holes, and falls as tiny streams, thereby adding to the exterior decoration of the temple! WOW!

Each hole in this series is about a little finger thick
Each hole in this series is about a little finger thick

The Vittala Temple in Hampi is such a brilliant masterpiece! The usual praise for the Vittala Temple is indeed true. However, there are many more things to the beauty and skill in designing and crafting the masterpiece temple. One such speciality is a feature that enhances the temple decoration when it rains! Yes! Rain falling on the temple is used as a means to enhance the beauty of the temple! The intricate carvings on the exteriors have small channels that direct the water from rainfall. The water flows from small holes shown in the photos and beautifies the exterior further. It is said that in the era when the temple was built and was used regularly, at night, small lamps used to be placed behind, illuminating the flowing water. What a sight it must have been! I want a time machine!

A virtually hidden rainwater channel near the top-centre of the photo
A virtually hidden rainwater channel near the top-centre of the photo

Carved backdrop with the rainwater flow space in the front
Carved backdrop with the rainwater flow space in the front

Trying to judge the size of the hole the rainwater is expected to flow from
Trying to judge the size of the hole the rainwater is expected to flow from

Virtually hidden channels to direct the rainwater to pass through specific holes
Virtually hidden channels to direct the rainwater to pass through specific holes

Shizusan - The Asian Bistro, in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Sriracha Blush Sushi at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Here is a new one for the Asian food lovers of Pune: Shizusan - The Asian Bistro. Inspired by the traveller Shizusan's interesting stories, the restaurant serves and takes ahead Asian food traditions. Under the guidance of renowned head chef Paul Kinny, Bellona Hospitality's second venture in Pune [first being 212] sees brightness in Phoenix Market City. The restaurant specialises in Sushi, Sashimis & Nigiris inspired by Shizusan's travel stories from Japan, in addition to Vietnamese Pho, China-inspired Dimsums & Dumplings, Thai Style Basil Veggies, and the likes. They have gluten-free serving options as well!

Thank you Carpe Diem for inviting me for a food tasting bloggers' session. Special thanks to Pracey and Shivangi for the meet arrangements.

Skip to the photos, or continue reading ahead. Look out for the review by FitFoodieMegha.com in the next few days!

We were served the below menu. I tasted the vegetarian and non-alcoholic servings.

Dimsums and Dumplings:
Edamame, Petit Pois & Truffle Oil
Crystal Vegetables
Vegetable Chui Chow
Prawn & Chive
Shizusan’s Chicken Soup Dumplings

Cold Plates:
Shizusan’s 17 Ingredient Signature Slaw
Vietnamese Watermelon Salad

Hot Plates:
Pepper Garlic Mushrooms
Chilli Celery Cottage Cheese
Malay Style Chicken Satay

Sushi:
Sriracha Blush
Asparagus Tempura
Quinoa Maki
Dynamite Shrimp
Rainbow Maki

Steamed Bao:
Crispy Portobello

Rice:
Hot Stone Rice

Noodles:
Phad Thai Noodles
Chilli Garlic Noodles

Desserts:
Peanut Butter Pie
Tiramisu Asia

My tastebuds were the happiest while eating Chilli Celery Cottage Cheese; just brilliantly made. Sadly, the Vegetable Chui Chow lacked any taste. And, personally, I do not like the taste of Wasabi Cream served along with many. And oh yes, the Vietnamese Watermelon Salad was also impressive! The Crystal Vegetable Dumplings and Asparagus Tempura Sushi were also nice.

The pictures in the post will tell the visual story.

The Shizusan
The Shizusan

Indoor seating
Indoor seating at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

A decorative lamp
A decorative lamp at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Asparagus Tempura Sushi
Asparagus Tempura Sushi at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Asparagus Tempura Sushis
Asparagus Tempura Sushis at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Chilli Celery Cottage Cheese
Chilli Celery Cottage Cheese at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Asparagus Tempura Sushi
Close-up of Asparagus Tempura Sushi at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Quinoa Maki Sushi
Close-up of Quinoa Maki Sushi at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Rainbow Maki Sushi
Close-up of Rainbow Maki Sushi at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Crispy Portobello Bao
Crispy Portobello Bao at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Crystal Vegetable Dumplings
Crystal Vegetable Dumplings at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Decorated indoor seating
Decorated indoor seating of Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Decoration
Decoration of Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Dynamite Shrimp Sushi
Dynamite Shrimp Sushi at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Dynamite Shrimp Sushis
Dynamite Shrimp Sushis at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Edamame Petit Pois and Truffle Oil
Edamame Petit Pois and Truffle Oil at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Hot Stone Rice
Hot Stone Rice at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Hot Stone Rice after mixing flavours
Hot Stone Rice after mixing flavours at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Indoor decoration
Indoor decoration of Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Indoor seating
Indoor seating for 4 at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Malay Style Chicken Satay
Malay Style Chicken Satay at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Orange Mocktail
Orange Mocktail at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Outdoor seating area
Outdoor seating area of Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Outdoor seating
Outdoor seating of Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Pepper Garlic Mushrooms
Pepper Garlic Mushrooms at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Prawn and Chive Dumplings
Prawn and Chive Dumplings at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Quinoa Maki Sushi
Quinoa Maki Sushi at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Rainbow Maki Sushi
Rainbow Maki Sushi at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Service desk
Service desk of Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Shizusan's 17 Ingredients
Shizusan's 17 Ingredients at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Shizusan's Chicken Soup Dumplings
Shizusan's Chicken Soup Dumplings at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Sign board
Sign board of Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Sriracha Blush Sushis
Sriracha Blush Sushis at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Table paper mat
Table paper mat at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Tiramisu Asia Cake
Tiramisu Asia Cake at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Vegetable Chui Chow Dumplings
Vegetable Chui Chow Dumplings at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Vietnamese Watermelon Salad
Vietnamese Watermelon Salad at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Wasabi Cream
Wasabi Cream at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

Watermelon Mocktail
Watermelon Mocktail at Shizusan (The Asian Bistro) in Phoenix Market City at Viman Nagar area of Pune

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