City restaurants have come up with a unique way to bring back the desi in you through the week around Independence Day on August 15.
As James Reppuhn, executive chef, JW Marriott Mumbai, explains, “India is known for its diverse cuisine and versatile culture, so we will be showcasing the rich and flavourful delicacies from all over the country — from the Khao Galis of Mumbai, curries of the South, to chole and samosas of Delhi and a delectable spread of favourite Indian desserts for Independence Day. The idea is to celebrate 65 years of independence with our patrons, delighting them with authentic regional cuisine from all corners of India.” Keeping this in mind, the menu consists of Mumbai street food like pani puri and sev puri along with the very special and popular, vada pav, dabeli, pav bhaji and bheja fry. For the sweet-buffs, the platter includes Indian desserts like balushahi, gulab jamun, boondi laddoo, moong dal halwa and jalebi with rabdi.
At Torrp It Up, you have a wide range of torrps, wraps or salads to pick from yummy Indian fillings like aloo patty, hariyali tikki, paneer tikka makhani, chicken kheema, mutton seekh kebab, murgh seekh kebab and murgh tikka makhani. The menu also includes burritos, soups, cookies, chocolate mousses and brownies.
Could the Taj Mahal Palace be far behind? Expect a special lunch buffet at Shamiana. Reveals a spokesperson of the hotel, “It’ll be a delight with non-vegetarian delicacies like bhatti ka murg, chingri malai curry, meen pollichathu, kamargarh and dindigul biryani to name a few. In addition there will be Continental cuisine comprising of slow cooked lamb shanks and root vegetables; sage crusted fish, tri-coloured maas, etc. Vegetarians can relish traditional delicacies like paneer soola, nadru palak, pyaaz pakodi kadhi, tomato bhath and undhiya. Delicious desserts wil include tri-coloured rasgulla, tiranga barfi, sandesh, baked gajar halwa, shrikhand and even mini motichur laddoos. Additionally we will also have live counters for chaat, dosa, dum ki raan and pav bhaji.”
Sherman Almeida, F&B Manager, Courtyard Marriott Mumbai is quite excited about the complete Indian platter and theme planned from August 6 to 15. “From the traditional Indian welcome and inauguration lamp, floral decoration, candle-lit tables highlighting Indian chutneys and paara, Indian spices to the paan and mukhwaas counter featuring 10 different varieties. Besides serving traditional delicacies from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra Tamil Nadu and Hyderabad, there are live stations such as South Indian coffee station, masala chai station and tender coconut station. Watching delicacies like kal dosa, appam with stews, pav bhaji kheema, chaat being prepared freshly at the live counters will just stir up your appetite.”