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A jewel in the town

TIARA IS a two-week-old restaurant started by Jaamba Jungle, an entertainment centre "for the entire family". The place, on the 10th floor of the Estate Building, greets the visitor with its bright and colourful game-machines and loud music. Predictably, one finds tiny tots all over the place. Tiara has been built by converting a portion of the entertainment zone into an eat-out joint. With medium-sized windows, and designs of animals and stars as its grills, the place is sober with soft tunes playing. Even the decor of the dining area is pleasing. The man who runs the show is Akshai Mallappa. "Initially, we used to serve some fast food such as pizzas, burgers, dosas, and idlis along with a variety of ice creams at the entertainment centre. Soon, we found that people came here for the games but had to venture out for dinner. That is why Tiara came into existence," he says. The place is targetted at the "dual income family, which looks forward to spending quality time with their children."

Why the name, Tiara? Well, at night, the place, with its lights, looks like a head gear of the building, explains Mr. Mallappa. What makes the place distinct? "This is a multi-cuisine restaurant. We serve food that touches every part of the world,'' says Elang Kumaran, the chef, who also adds that right now "we are just serving the basics and nothing elaborate." Tiara specialises in sizzlers. "We want to bring them back into vogue," says Mr. Mallappa. Among other things, one gets assorted kababs served with a naan or a roti (Rs. 140).

For starters it offers French fries and popcorns, which are priced expensively at Rs.50 and Rs.40. "These are special potatoes from Netherlands and we also serve the American popcorns," justifies Mr. Mallappa. Shrimp cocktail (served with tangy sauce on a bed of lettuce), drums of heaven (the drums are made with chicken wings, and served with hot garlic sauce) also feature in the starters list.

The soup section features tomato basil soup, consomm'e celestine soup, and chicken almond soup among others. These are priced between Rs. 45 and Rs. 55. There are also pizzas.

What catches one's eye on the menu is the Punjab-da-pijja — Tiara's attempt at "blending cultures through the medium of food".

For those with a tangy tongue, Tiara serves chaats, but only on weekends. This section is priced at Rs. 30 upwards.

The calorie-conscious can treat themselves to a variety of salads from across the globe. These are priced at Rs. 30 upwards. The chef recommends the vegetable nutty soup (a combination soft veggies and crisp nuts). He also recommends the amma koli curry (served with steamed rice), with a "home made" taste.

For dessert there is a wide choice of creamy frozen delights. The names in this section are unusual such as the grasshopper, death bite, iron man, and play boy.

The ice-creams in a way match the name. For example, the grasshopper is dominated with pistas and pista ice cream.

Tiara does not believe in serving liquor, and smoking is not allowed. "But, we will study the crowd and if they are keen that we serve hot drinks, then may be we will have to introduce them," admits the proprietor. As of now the restaurant serves non-alcoholic beer imported from Germany.

Tiara is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.. The restaurant also offers outdoor catering and birthday packages. It can be contacted on 5092233 or 5325221.

SHILPA SEBASTIAN ROMELES

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