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Savouring the Raj days



Tiger Trail serves you food reflecting the cuisine of the regions where hunters would stalk the magnificent beast in British India.

WALK INTO Tiger Trail at Hotel Harsha Park Inn, and you begin to feel that you have travelled back in time to the Raj days, when the Lat Sahibs sat by the fire in their hunting lodges, feasting on their kill. Tiger Trail, which was recently revamped, manages to recreate the feel of the jungle lodges in the midst of our very crowded city. The restaurant takes its inspiration from places such as Kanha, Ranthambore, Dudwa, and Bandipur, and serves you food reflecting the cuisine of the regions where hunters would trail the tiger in British India.

With walls with a brick finish and mock fireplaces, complete with mantelpieces, Tiger Trail sets the perfect ambience for enjoying a meal that is Avadhi or Mughlai in flavour. You may sit in the regular seating area, upholstered to resemble a tiger's hide, or sit by the open hearth that is meant to be a substitute the barbeque fires that one lit at a hunting lodge. While the family sits around the hearth, the chef prepares the dishes in front of you, as he tells you the special flavour of everything he serves. You can opt for variations in terms of spices and flavours. The menu for the open hearth reads like a buffet spread at any other restaurant (at Rs. 250 per head), complete with salads, appetizers, main course dishes, bread accompaniments, and the dessert. The range is quite extensive covering vegetarian and non-vegetarian options and with unlimited servings. The open hearth is literally a feast for a king.

We tried all the appetizers and salads, which left us with little space for the main course, but the aloo pineapple chaat (a salad with a tangy sauce), macchee do rookhe (fish sliced and filled with cheese), du ka tamatar (stuffed baby tomatoes), and panner tikka takatak (diced paneer cubes stir fried with masalas) were all well worth it.

Tiger Trail also has a biryani counter that serves hot matka dum biryani on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. This variety of biryani, which is cooked in Avadhi style, is kept in covered urns and simmers until served in the little urns.

For those who prefer a la carte meals, Tiger Trail has quite a few options. Starting with beverages — covering cocktails, mocktails, and others — there's enough variety to leave you wondering which one to choose. The menu offers selections in kababs, stirred or fried dry dishes, and curries and gravies.

Its quite a delight for those who love their meats for the range encompasses tandoori jhinga (prawns) from Bengal, chandi ka tikka (chicken) from Dudwa, acharri kabab from Kanha, kadak kabab from Sariska, lamb chops masala from Kanha, and so on. Of course, the vegetarians too have delicacies on offer, be it arbi aur bhuttay ki tikki from Sariska or gobi ke shoolay from Bandipur.

With a range of tandoori rotis and rice pulaos, there's ample you can choose from. Just ensure that you leave some space for the Indian desserts kulfi faloodas and khubani ka meetha (which unfortunately had a lot of custard to go with it), and phirni (served in a clay pot).

Tiger Trail also serves buffet breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. every morning and a buffet lunch priced at Rs. 99. The restaurant can be contacted on 2865566.

TINA GARG

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