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It was a mixed fare at Pacifica, the multi-cuisine restaurant of the Beverly Hotel, Rajarathinam Road, Kilpauk.

FOR INDIANS, food is not something to satisfy hunger alone. It reaches godly heights. We get glimpses of this godly magnificence when we relish every mouthful of the simple rice and sambar or dal and phulka at home or else where. But sadly that spiritual connection comes only rarely. More often than not, it becomes an exercise of merely filling up the voracious middle.

Pacifica is the multi-cuisine restaurant of the Beverly Hotel, on the Rajarathinam Road, Kilpauk. Oh yes! There is more Americana here, the reason being the hotel is an NRI concern.

After asking for help to wade through the different cuisines, we zeroed in on the Indian fare. Anyway it was interesting to have romali roti and Punjabi gosht in such an overtly `Westward ho' atmosphere.

We began with chicken lollipop (Rs.120). It was fine except for one or two pieces, where the coating was not cooked through. The rotis — kulcha, butter naan and tandoori and romali rotis were well done.

The side dishes were paneer tikka do pyaza (Rs.100), dal tadka (Rs.80) and Punjabi gosht (Rs.130). Do pyaza was what it ought to be — dense with onions and the inevitable sweet tinge. The dal too was agreeable.

It was the mutton that scorched the insides. A cousin of paththar gosht but without its finish and smoothness, the mutton literally set our palates on fire. The desserts were carrot halwa and mocha crème caramel (Rs.50 each). The caramel custard actually tasted good with a teasing hint of coffee. The tragedy here was that it hadn't been thawed properly. Not only did it prick the bubble of having fresh food, such oversight is difficult to get over when you are paying a rather heavy bill, with taxes extra, at the end of the meal. The carrot halwa was just average.

MARIEN MATHEW

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