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Imperial dinner, the progressive way...

Ever tried going out for dinner at five restaurants simultaneously? Well, at The Imperial you will be served a five-course progressive dinner along with the finest qualities of Spanish and Chilean wines in five of its restaurants `to break the monotony of eating at one place'. SUMITRA SENAPATY writes about the extraordinary experience...


DELIGHTFUL NEWS awaits the gastronomes. New Delhi's Imperial Hotel is now all set to serve a five-course progressive dinner accompanied by Torres wines from Spain and Chile. A first-ever for India, The Imperial's progressive dinners can be a very fun way to host a dinner party. A group of friends can plan a meal together where each course is served at a different restaurant, so that the party literally moves from place to place throughout the evening. It also facilitates digestion between courses!

This unique opportunity to experience the creations of culinary czar, Bruno Cerdan starts off with soup at the courtyard of Sam Gimignano and then moves across the hotel for the appetisers at the Spice Route and on to Daniell's Tavern for the main course. Each course is paired with a glass of Torres wine and the culinary journey continues with dessert at 1911 along with coffee, chocolates and cigars at Patiala Peg.

This is truly a fantasy dinner, a progressive feast for time-travellers. After all, you start ordering a meal in Tuscany, the White Bean Soup with Lobster meat and Crostini, then cut to Kerala for the spicy, piping hot Prawn Curry with rice. Then you are off to the Mediterranean for the

Roast Breast of Duck with black olives and red wine sauce. You must also pretend that you have bottomless, cast-iron stomachs. Many of these items would constitute a meal by themselves and the chef's emphasis on quality and fresh home-grown ingredients goes a long way in making the dinner memorable.

Now move onto your next location for coffee and dessert. As this will be the last stop for the evening, just relax and enjoy the magic of Pineapple Cristaline with fresh papaya and Vanilla Sauce accompanied by the Gran Torres Orange Liqueur. Remember that you are travelling between

restaurants and eating an entire meal spread over three to four hours, so it is a possibility that some guests may get hungry again! Now enjoy coffee and chocolates with the fine Torres 20 brandy. Give this idea a try, next time you are looking for an unusual dining experience.


What is apparent is the confidence, energy, ideas and fun that radiates from the Imperial kitchens. Another fine example of this is the good news that the season's new wine has arrived - "Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive!" At one minute past midnight on the third Thursday of each

November, from little villages and towns, over a million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau begin their journey through a sleeping France to Paris for immediate shipment to all parts of the world. It has become a worldwide race to be the first to serve this new wine of the harvest. This young wine is about as close to white wine as red wine can get. It makes a great transitional wine for anyone wanting to move from white to red wine.

Here in the Capital, The Imperial, in conjunction with Albert Bichot, launched the Beaujolais Nouveau on November 21 at 7-30 p.m., the theme being two of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings - that of Irises and Sunflowers. A weeklong festival in the 1911 restaurant, where you get a clear overview of Chef Bruno's culinary skills, follows the Launch of Beaujolais Nouveau. The food's presentation - Corn Fed Chicken, Cheese Platter, Dried Fruits, Smoked Salmon and Poached Pears in red wine - is something to admire as well. Often the pre-plated food is works of art, inspired by Van Gogh. Delhi's dining enthusiasts have been watching the creativity of Chef Bruno for quite a while. Time to eat. And drink.

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