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Calling at the Mediterranean



Mediterranean dishes on display. -- Photo: K.R. Deepak

Ask any globetrotter which region has the best climate all through the year? And pat shall come the reply, Mediterranean. Seafarers also look forward to sail through this region, for its warm and hospitable people, delectable cuisines, fresh fruits, juicy olives and they all come wrapped in diverse cultural fabrics.

This is one region in the world where the culture and life style of the people living in different countries are greatly influenced by one and another. And the same can be seen in their cuisine also.

One can see the influence of Arabic culture from countries like Turkey and Lebanon, the domination of Greeks, the athletic presence of the North African countries, the flamboyance and style of the European countries like Spain, Italy and France.

Taking a cue from this, chef Nambi Arooran of WelcomHotel Grand Bay, has set up an expedition through the Mediterranean for the gourmets of the city at `The Residency'.

"We have carefully chosen the best of the dishes from the vast menu and that which would suit our climate," says Nambi.

For the starters there is souvlakia, a dish from Greece, made from chunks of lamb skewered with lemon and herbs, hummos from Lebanon and five other dishes from different countries. In the soup section Gazpacho the chilled tomato and cucumber delight from Spain will certainly tune your taste bud for the main course and the exclusive seafood delicacies laid out by the chef.

For non-vegetarians, the main course comprises fritto misto, the seafood special from Italy, pollo al vino bianco, the chicken delicacy from Spain, and Musakka, the Turkish delight. A couple of vegetarian delights will certainly keep the gastronomes busy over the evening. The all-time favourite desserts of the Mediterranean like baklava and rizogalo are also there.

The food festival will be on till November 24th.

For reservation contact chef Nambi Arooran on 560101.

SUMIT BHATTACHARJEE

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