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Take a trip on the wild side

MAC

The African food festival at Harry's (Aditya Park Inn) is a wonderful way to check out exotic tastes.



MASKED BALL: The knick-knacks create the ambience.

EN ROUTE to Aditya Park Inn from Ameerpet, one passes this huge hole (actually that is an understatement) in the road. Crossing the hole/crater or whatever entails walking on pipes and leaping over mountainlets (like little mountains) of rubble. The Indiana Jones-style approach gets you in perfect synch for the African Food Festival on at Harry's (55788888), the pub at Aditya Park Inn.

Mean-looking spears on the walls, colourful masks and a hookah occupying pride of place in the centre make up for a suitable jungle ambience. The key people behind the festival are chef Abbasuddin Ahmed and Food & Beverage Manager Rajesh Chopra.

Chopra who has recently come to the city from Mumbai feels "Hyderabadis are ready to experiment and would like to check out different lifestyles and hence the food festival. African food is close to Indian cuisine in the use of coconut milk and spices."



JUNGLE SAFARI: Explore the tastes of the `dark' continent.

Chef Ahmed is widely travelled and has introduced authentic African recipes like Chicktong, Dawwd Basha, African Bobotie (a bake), Barbeque Lamb, Pepper Lamb Liver, Yatakalete Kilkil (spiced vegetables), Falafel and Vegetable Creole.

Apart from these snacks you could go in for a pre plated combo meal including Chicken with Butter Rice and Lamb Chops with Pilaf and on the veg side you could go for Spinach Baked Vegetable with Butter Rice or Yaklent Albatata with Rissotto. On the spirit side, most cocktails are rum (dark and white) based and the chef suggests Rum Runner, which is a combination of dark and white rum, orange juice, grenadine and cointreau. And for all those who just like their regular drinks there is an offer of unlimited alcohol (beer, vodka, whisky and rum) for Rs 399.

The festival is on till July 20 from 19.30 to 23.30.

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