Delectable idlis, sumptuous pastas
The Taj Tristar on S.D. Road has something for everyone - from `a la carte' to `chaat.'
SHORT TAKES: Matines idols decorate the walls.
MOST OF us have at some point or the other decided to go where the evening takes us. The Taj Tristar (7818989, 6311001) is made for those evenings as it offers a whole lot of choices under one roof.
TEMPLE THEME- At Dakshin Mandapa.
You could have chaat at the Sidewalk Café, enjoy a pint at Blockbuster, dig into multi-cuisine fare at Galaxy or the buffet at Dakshin Mandapam. If you are planning to get together with friends over a quiet drink and do not wish to scream your lungs out at a pub, you could head for Status bar and restaurant.
Started in January 2001, Taj Tristar is an enterprise of Sunder Taj Mahal Hotels Pvt Ltd -- the people who gave Hyderabad its first hotel in the Secunderabad Taj Mahal Hotel in 1942. Each of the restaurants at the Tristar has a particular theme and the décor is an echo of it.
BY JUPITER: For that multi-cuisine experience.
The Galaxy restaurant, where according to General Manager, Pradeep Kumar Dutt, you get everything "from an idly to Italian food," takes its inspiration from space and the universe and the ceiling has the solar system and lights in the form of stars. Galaxy can comfortably seat 110 people and offers an executive platter for lunch.
Priced at Rs 40 (north Indian/Chinese) and 35 (south Indian) the Taj mantra of value for money is more than well met. The other innovations at Galaxy include a Jain cuisine and a breakfast buffet for Rs 50.
Dakshin Mandapam, built like an Udupi temple by workmen from Udupi offers a substantial lunch (12 pm to 3 pm) and dinner (7 pm to 11 pm) for Rs 110. The menu, which is changed everyday, includes a choice of five salads, three desserts, and North Indian, South Indian and Chinese cuisine.
NIGHT FLIGHT: To The Galaxy
Sidewalk Café is inspired by French bistros and serves a variety of chaats and dosas and the weekend has the chaat buffet that would please even the most demanding palate. Blockbuster, the pub, takes its cue from the silver screen and from the walls (a collage of posters) to the menu (a clapper board) the theme is tinsel town.Only Blockbuster and Status serve non-vegetarian food and there is a separate kitchen for that - with separate cooks and utensils.
The main kitchen is see-through to "build the confidence levels of the customers."
The Tristar also has 48 rooms and with their motto of "keeping the guests comfortable and giving value for money," the three-star hotel boasts of 75 to 90 per cent occupancy. There also are two banquet halls and a terrace that can accommodate 1,200 people apart from two executive lounges.
So the next time you are not sure what you want to do with your evening, just head for the Taj Tristar.
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