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Game for a neat treat?

Cricket being the current buzzword, it wasn't a surprise to have delicious dinner while watching the game on the big screen at Silver Streak, Hotel Ramada Raj Park.


AS SOMEONE who is yet to be bitten by the cricket bug, may I dare to ask what's all this fuss about? It's a sacrilege, I know, but somebody has to do the plain speak. And to tell the truth one is quite tired of seeing our `heroes' plugging everything from toothpaste to kitchen sinks. These days' kids know Dravid's or Tendulkar's face more than their own grandparents. The marketing machine has been ruthlessly efficient. Every hotel worth its star has huge TV screens showing the matches. So there we were watching Aussies thrashing Pakistanis while getting on with our dinner at Silver Streak, multi-cuisine restaurant at Ramada Raj Park (phone: 24987777) on the TTK Road, Alwarpet.

The menu offered little originality. All the fixtures on a typical star coffee shop-cum-restaurant were there. The French onion soup (Rs.55) was okay in spite of the sourness. The starter Kalmi kebab (Rs.140) was tender and juicy. Since we had decided to go desi, the continental and Chinese selections were given a miss, except for the soup. The Indian fare rose up to our expectation. The Bhuna gosht (Rs.150) was good. The meat was soft and succulent. Dal peshawari (Rs.95) too kept the flag flying high. Dhingri dolma (Rs.95) had yummy mushrooms and paneer in tomato gravy. Isn't dolma something wrapped up in wine leaves or at least a stuffed dish? Getting past this nitty-gritty, the curry was quite nice. Among the breads, Bharwan kulcha (Rs.40) stuffed with paneer was simply yummy. The only problem that night was with the quantity. Why does it have to be so small? With these price tags there is certainly room for at least a ladle or two more. The fruit juices too need to be looked into. At Rs.45 a glass, one expects the water content to be minimum. The desserts, Gajjar ka halwa (Rs.50) and Kesar kulfi (Rs.55) were pleasant.

South African fest

The Department of Hotel and Catering Management, Asan Memorial College, Jaladampet, organised a South African food festival on Saturday last. The annual event, produced and managed by the final year students, had a cricket quiz and dance and music programmes as entertainment for the evening besides the food. The spread featuring 37 dishes ranged from South African pancakes to crème brulee and pumpkin fritters. The venue had Sun City landmarks as the background.

MARIEN MATHEW

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