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Simple decor, sumptuous spread

PERVIZ BHOTE

Innovation and experimentation make the cuisine at Abu Palace special. Its new F&B team is trying to promote the venue as an ideal rendezvous for corporate meetings, weddings, banquets and parties.

CENTRALLY LOCATED in the heart of the city 926, Poonamallee High Road, is the Hotel Abu Palace (6412222 / 6431010) Of late, the scene is picking up with a new team on the F&B which is trying to sell the place as an excellent rendezvous for private/group dining, as well as, a venue for small and large parties, banquets and receptions. The accent this week at Highway, the 24- hour Coffee Shop is on a Punjabi Buffet (Rs.180 pSlus tax) with tandoori food, hot parathas made at the buffet station, and lots of subzi, meat and paneer dishes made in the north Indian style.

Next week, the emphasis will be on Goan food, and the Bombay Chat festival is slated for the following week. Arun Nadkarni, Executive Assistant Manager, says that his team puts together recipes from friends and family and when these are well experimented upon, they are included in the menu. That way, the taste is quite different from the set recipes that are offered at other places.

We tried out several dishes at Promenade, the multi-cuisine restaurant, which is open only for dinner. The decor is simple and the demand from diners is more for Indian and Chinese varieties than the Continental. Subzi Tikka with mint chutney makes a good starter to a meal. Andhra Fried Chicken (Rs.160) is succulent and deliciously flavoured with light spices and is definitely the best sell of the restaurant. A close runner-up would be the Dum-ki-Biryani (Rs.120). Serves are good for 23 persons. Golden Fried Prawns are fresh and fried just right. Mixed Fried Rice too has its distinct flavour, slightly different from what you get to eat at other Chinese joints. The spaghetti from the Continental Across the Sea section of the menu, however, tasted more like Chinese Noodles. For dessert there is Raspberry Jelly with Ice cream, or the Chef's special concoction — hearts and tit-bits made of khoa and coconut, not too sweet but just right. The added attraction at the Promenade is the karaoke.

Abu Palace holds promise for weddings, and corporate dos if you could work closely on details and the various offers. The banquet hall is spacious and opens out on to a huge lawn. For the young, the hotel could be a hep place to spend an evening at the 777 Dance Club manned by Millennium Sound and Light.

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