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Eat and make merry

The Deccan Pavilion buffet is a bonanza for food lovers



The Sunday buffet is a virtual feast. — Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

BE YOUR own bartender, make your own chaat and dessert...these are not just statements to be taken lightly. They can be executed with ease. And where can you let the gourmet in you surface? At the Deccan Pavilion, ITC Kakatiya Sheraton especially on Sundays at the Beverage Buffet.

Buffet, as a sumptuous spread, is a strong point of many restaurants in hotels. And constantly innovations are made, items are changed or added to offer the best to the discerning customer. A buffet is ideal to those who want to grab a quick meal as well as those who want to lounge over one. For, a holiday would mean little extra time where one can leisurely sit and eat.

The Deccan Pavilion is known for its good food - a sumptuous, delicious spread where the food counters seem endless. Even a hearty eater will find it difficult to eat that much of food as displayed. And if it is a Sunday then it's a virtual feast.

With constant revamping of the menu on the basis of customer choice, the coffee shop perhaps offers today the largest buffet in town. The variety is just mind-boggling. Start off with anything from the array of beverages (where one can create your own drinks and mocktails). Even children can mix their drinks. The chaat counter, salad bar (out of 14, three are non-veg), and others like salad dressings, a cheese board (with three-four varieties), meat platter (with four cold cuts), array of breads (more than half a dozen varieties) form the first halts. From here one can proceed on to the main food counters - Ghar ka khana (less oily and less spiced - just as one would have it at home - there are two non-veg dishes), South Indian food (from the Dakshin kitchen where there are six dishes, two non-veg besides sambar, rasam, vadialu, chutneys), European (could be French, Italian, Spanish - six dishes - two non-veg), Oriental (Chinese and Thai - six main dishes, three non-veg with rice and noodles), kebabs, biryanis. If one is fond of pasta then it is made right in front of you with sauces and garnishes of your choice. Rotis of your choice and perhaps even dosas are served on the table on request. Another point to note is the presence of a buffet host who helps the customer to take a round before beginning.

After the heavenly sumptuous spread you have the place for desserts then head to the sweet counter. Ice creams, sauces, nuts...aren't these enough to conjure your imagination for a `sundae' And after the ice cream there are quite a few sweets, some cold preserved along with the ice creams and then a whole tray of cut fruits. This whole buffet costs Rs. 550 plus taxes, on Saturday, it is Rs. 525 plus taxes.

Almost the same buffet minus chaat and beverages (On Saturday beer is served, meal costs Rs.) is there on other days of course at a slightly less price - Rs. 495 plus taxes

Besides this there are other options like the Midnight biryani (with different options on Saturday and Sunday and different pricing too - ideal for those who are late eaters), English breakfast buffet, Soup, salad dessert buffet (one can just restrict to these three from the main buffet -costs Rs. 350 plus taxes)) and dessert (one can just have the desserts without the meal for Rs. 250 plus taxes). If there is chocolate mousse just indulge - it's the piece de resistance.

So here's wishing you Happy Buffet Days ahead. And remember, the Lord Mayor from London who stayed at the hotel dined at the Deccan Pavilion and commented that it was the largest buffet he had seen.

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Meal deal

* Sunday beverage buffet - Rs. 550 plus taxes

* Saturday buffet - Rs. 525 plus taxes

* Normal buffet - Rs 495 plus taxes

* Soup, salad, dessert buffet - Rs. 350 plus taxes

* Just desserts - Rs. 250 plus taxes

RADHIKA RAJAMANI

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