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A birthday spread


FEAST YOUR senses once again as Bubble café, Taj Residency, turns five today. Launched as a fusion cuisine restaurant with an Arabic Moorish decor, Bubble café is a happening spot in the cityFor the anniversary celebrations Bubble was turned into to a multi-cuisine restaurant serving Singaporean, Mediterranean, Mexican, Thai, Karavali and Syrian Christian cuisine with corresponding décor.

The food festival started on August 22 and will go on till August 30. Flagging off with theme buffets, right from exotic Singaporean dishes to authentic Mediterranean cuisine to spicy Thai food, to traditional Indian foods like Karavali, local Syrian Christian to the famous Mumbai chowpatty chats, a scrumptious spread of local and international delights awaits the food buff. A new food theme awaits one every day except on August 28 and 30.

Plans to cut a cake in the shape of Bubble café will be the highlight of the anniversary. Besides that a host of popular dishes, gift hampers, prizes, best recipe booklets and caricaturing of the guests will be part of the celebrations.

Mohamed Siddique, Executive Chef of the Hotel says that though they cater mainly a five star cuisine, but people enjoy the roadside food. Hence for this food festival he has chosen a menu, which serves popular dishes from the roadside cooking of various regions.

He has included in the basic buffet menu an array of sumptuous vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes consisting of ladah merah ikan, a speciality from Singapore, sin chi sam yeung, king fish tabbouleh, harira, a Mediterranean soup made with cumin and cinnamon flavoured chick pea and Egyptian lentil soup which is a nutritious herbal soup. Varieties of kiri dodol, fresh fruit salad, fig and honey ice cream, and Egyptian rice pudding are desserts to sweeten the dining fiesta.

Try out the Laksa, a rich nutritious dish from Singapore. It is a whole meal without a trace of oil. Prepared with boiled noodles, broccoli, carrot, boiled eggs, prawns, fried onions, mushrooms, spring onions, and cabbage with special coconut milk and sambal chillies. Another interesting dish is charkway teow, made with flat noodles in oyster sauce with vegetables and meat. On regular festival days the rate per head is Rs. 300 while the birthday bash costs Rs.1000 per couple, for dinner and dance. Lively music, smartly handled by the disc jockeys give the weeklong festival the true feel of an occasion to celebrate. Here is wishing them Happy Birthday.

MUMTAZ KHALID ISMAIL

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