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Package deals at Le Meridian


Guests enjoying a meal at the Grill.

AS IT stands large and proud, opposite the golf course, the building speaks of a history known only to the people of Bangalore. With a quiet transition from Holiday Inn to Le Meridian, this hotel has come a long way. After an input of Rs. 40 crore to revamp the entire establishment, the management has come up with various packages to keep their regulars coming back for more. One of them is by tempting the customers with food offers and festivals to introduce them to Italian food.

Its three new package deals — pasta night, midnight buffet, and Sunday brunch — have become popular with its customers.

For the pasta night, you are welcomed by a crew, dressed in the traditional knee-length apron. Pavarotti raises his deep baritone strains softly in the background. As you sit on the exquisitely carved chair, the hanging foliage attracts your attention. With the light from a single candle, the mood is set for a perfect pasta night.

The Grill at Le Meridian, on Thursday nights, converts an arena at the hotel into mini Italy. This place comes alive with the aromas of different herbs. A line counter is placed at the centre and the tables are spread around the counter which enable the audience to watch the chef at work.

The pasta night offers a choice of four soups, six varieties of pasta, five non-vegetarian sauces, six vegetarian sauces, and four desserts which is rounded up with a cheese platter. All this for Rs. 395.

The soups range from minestrone alla Toscana (mixed vegetable broth, which is spicy) to the Zuppa di cipolle e panel (an innovation that translates into onion soup with baked breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese). The pasta includes the spaghetti, tagliatelle, penne, fusilli, shell, and farfelle, done in the a la dente style. What adds to the experience is the hot colander.

The crew, adept at hospitality, keeps handing out different kinds of bread, hard rolls, spinach bread, and foccassia. Every guest is allowed to make his own platter of soup, pasta, and sauce. A dessert such as the white chocolate mousse, smooth and folded into a glass, is the icing on the cake. The fruit basket, with its elaborate presentation, is a must try. Just when you think all is over, you see the cheese platter arriving. A cappuccino ends the meal with style. The midnight buffet welcomes you not just with a spattering of coffee shop snacks but an entire dinner spread at the La Brasserie in the Le Meridian. It is open only on Friday and Saturday nights to cater to "Bangalore's party animals." Beginning with a choice of two soups and a variety of breads, the buffet includes three non-vegetarian dishes, three vegetarian dishes, assorted rotis, two dals, a pulao, and plain rice. The salad bar and the dessert counter are the attention grabbing counters. The entire meal costs Rs. 225. The items usually differ from day to day, but the best include a well-done methi chicken, navaratna pulao, a chicken and mayonnaise salad, and the pineapple upside down.

After a pasta night and the midnight buffet Sunday seems the perfect day to laze by the pool, sip on some beer, listen to some Jazz and pile up some brunch onto a plate. That is what the Sunday Brunch, a package deal for Rs. 350, offers. It is available at La Brasserie from 11.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.. It is rather tempting to pick up the offer when you see travellers from abroad gulping down cornflakes and bacon wrapped in blue towels soon after a refreshing swim. The buffet, known to be the largest in Bangalore, combines all the elements of a breakfast and a lunch.

Beginning with cornflakes, milkshake, and juice, it includes toast, eggs, bacon, dosas, and idlis. A special children's nook, made accessible by three step stools, offers amusing dishes such as potato rings, a bland mushroom puff, sesame croquettes, and hakka noodles with manchurian. For the main course there is a choice of three non-vegetarian dishes. The other half of the buffet mixes some continental food with traditional rice and curries.

A lazy day by the pool with scrumptious food seems like an ideal way to end a hectic week. You can call Le Meridian on 2262233.

MALAVIKA VARADAN

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