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Full meals, the English way

— Photo: G.P. Sampath Kumar

The bar counter at Geoffrey's — Photo: G.P. Sampath Kumar

GEOFFREY'S IS a chain of restaurants, typically English, with unique wooden décor and the omnipresent bar counter. Chequered napkins and table linen, scale models of ships that sailed through history, all add to the "English pub" theme.

Housed in Royal Orchid facing the greens of the Karnataka Golf Association, the restaurant has been the place for those who love the setting. It has been informal, slightly retro since its inception two years ago. The bar offers Geoffrey's Signatures such as Geoffrey by the Beach (Rs. 225), Crème de Menthe (Rs. 400), Kamikaze (Rs. 350), and Chantilly Cabernet Sauvignon (Rs. 675) among a host of other liqueurs, cocktails, and wines. Whisky (priced between Rs. 125 to Rs. 850), aperitifs (Rs. 60 to Rs. 250), and beer (Rs. 95 to Rs. 350) are in choices a plenty.

Starters such as Vegetarian Tandoori Platter (Rs. 300) or Banno Kebab (Rs. 250) go in unison with the strains of The Eagles, Doobie Brothers and America in the air. For those who prefer spices, Kai Chi (Rs. 200) or Tandoori Lamb Chops (Rs. 250) may just be the right choice.

"We have a regular clientele who like to unwind after a day's work... maybe have a business discussion," says A.A. Cariappa, Public Relations Consultant. "This is not a discotheque," he adds. A part of the restaurant area is exclusively for dining, set complete with tableware and wineglasses. Geoffrey's Special Appetizer Plate (Rs. 250), and Shanghai Jumbo Prawns (Rs. 350) are favourites from the gastronomical variety in Indian, Oriental, and Continental cuisines.

Gowdesh Patil, Assistant Food and Beverage Manager, says: "People think that a pub is a place for drinking only. We're bringing back the habit of eating in a pub."

Shrimp Bisque (Rs. 120) and Lemongrass Broth with Vegetable Lollipops (Rs. 100) are excellent soups to begin with. The main course has delights for the palate such as Prawns in Thai Red Curry (Rs. 350) is served with steamed rice, Stir Fried Chicken with Pad Thai Noodles (Rs. 275), Grilled Chicken Breast (Rs. 275), King Crab with Bok Choy (Rs. 550) and Wok Flashed Vegetables served with Singapore Noodles (Rs. 200) are some of them. All these come set on crockery that is of a unique shape.

After a hearty meal, there is plenty to choose from the dessert section — Chocomosa with Saffron Ice Cream, fresh fruit pie with vanilla ice cream, cheesecake, or phirni of the day. Then there is flavoured tea, coffee in various combinations, and a choice of fine cigars.

A lunch buffet will be launched shortly, and served between noon and 4 p.m.. A table de hote menu with a different cuisine for each day is priced at Rs. 155 per head (taxes extra). Mexican, Oriental, Indian, and grilled food are some of the cuisines for respective days.

Geoffrey's is open seven days a week from noon to 11 p.m.. It is advisable to reserve in advance, especially if you are a group of eight or more. An average meal for two, sans alcohol, would cost about Rs. 1,000.

Dial 5205566 for reservations.

DOMINIC D'CRUZ

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