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Seven wonders

Seven different cuisines, seven days of the week... Here's a chance for gourmets to sample fare from different countries


VARIETY IS the buzzword at the food festival, on at Cilantro, the multi cuisine restaurant in Le Royal Meridien. The hotel is presenting `Seven wonderful delights', featuring exotic cuisine from seven different countries around the world.

"Theme dinners are in vogue now and people are looking for innovation in cuisines too," says Jugesh Arora, executive chef. It will be seven different cuisines right through seven days of the week. So, gourmets can sample Arabian fare on Mondays, Thai cuisine on Tuesdays, Mexican on Wednesdays, Chinese on Thursdays, Italian on Fridays, Malaysian on Saturdays and Indian on Sundays.

"Since food festivals are organised regularly by most hotels, people could tend to lose interest in them pretty soon. But, with festivals such as the one at Cilantro there will be more choice. Besides, here is a novel way of sustaining the interest of our clientele in different cuisines from around the world," says Arora. The menu has been selected with a view to focussing on a speciality dish from each cuisine. For starters, there are mushrooms sprinkled with salt and pepper, a Chinese speciality, Mexican enchiladas — stuffed tortillas, Lebanese dolmaz — brinjal, potato or capsicum stuffed with steamed rice (or meat in case of non-vegetarian) served with tomato, chilli or onion sauce, and Arabian mukaba, which is brinjal salad mixed with sesame seeds and olive oil.

On entering the restaurant, the salad bar is the first thing that catches the eye. It also offers a choice of Indian starters and chaat varieties. The restaurant has a counter where a specific dish is made on the spot and served. For instance, on a day when the theme is Indian, one can choose frankies that will be made instantly and served. The main course has a wide variety — Continental and Indian dishes apart from the theme for that particular day. For instance, if it is Chinese day, then the traditional Chinese dishes are marked with the Chinese flag on the name card to differentiate them from the other dishes. "This is done for the convenience of diners.

Other cuisines are also on offer to provide more choice for guests. Some might not like Arabic food or some might want to enjoy a bit of Indian food along with the other cuisine," says Arora.

The main course showcases some of the popular dishes from each cuisine. On Arabic days it is ouzi, a whole baked lamb and shoarama. On Thai days it is satay, rice with three kinds of sauces, vegetable green curry with broccoli and mushroom. On Malaysian days it is nasigarang, rice and vegetables, sate ayam (grilled chicken skewers) and samal ikaw (fish cooked in spicy Malaysian sauce). On Mexican days it is mole (Mexican pork and chicken), chilie rellenos (stuffed chillies) and enchiladas. On Chinese days it is Sichuan crabs, double cooked pork and vegetable rice and noodles.

You can also choose from a variety of desserts from each cuisine, especially Italian tiramisu, Chinese ma da kao (steamed sponge cake) and Italian gnocchi (potato with cream sauce).

Cilantro, Le Royal Meridien
Seven Wonderful Delights
Monday to Sunday
Three-course buffet: Rs. 425
On till October end
For reservation : 22314343

PRASSANA SRINIVASAN

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