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Burger bonanza

FRINGE OF lettuce, crisp patties, slices of cheese... The barbequed burger festival at Marmalade offers a variety. The festival has been organised to reinforce the fact that Chennai-ites have become more open to the idea of sampling different cuisines. "This is the first time that a barbequed burger festival is being organised by the restaurant," says Ranjith Sashidharan, Food and Beverage manager. "The speciality of barbequed food is that it has lesser fat content compared to fried food. As people are more concerned about eating healthy food these days, I think the concept will appeal to many."

Burgers are often thought of as western fast food, but BBQ at Marmalade is trying to change this mindset. It has tried to lure clientele to savouring this item of fast food in a relaxed atmosphere. If you just visit the place for cuppa coffee or pastries, the bistro is ready to serve you quick. If you want to relax, the garden restaurant is open from lunch to dinner.

Starting with the burger bun, there is plenty to choose from. You could pick a freshly baked bun, foccacio (Italian bun), plain wheat bun or the traditional plain bun. There is variety when it comes to the patties too, as there are eight scrumptious kinds that you could get to taste.

Smoked cottage cheese, Cajun spice with basil pesto spread, creamed corn and spinach burger with tender steak and fried egg tomatoes and vegetable spread... that's for the vegetarians. BBQ herby chicken with tender chicken patty, tex-mex chicken, Maryland prawn with prawn patty on juice slaw and smoked veal escalope, Austrian style tender steak with fried egg tomatoes... non-vegetarians too can relish the fare. Add to this, a dash of mustard or garlic mayonnaise, piquant tartare sauce or basil pesto spread and a lining of cheese, and that makes a delicious treat.

The burgers are accompanied by mouth-watering French fries, wafers, salads and lettuce. If you find the burger too big, there are also mini burgers. What's more, the foccacio (Italian bun) is also available separately without the filling on request.

A plate costs between Rs. 60 and Rs. 90. The festival is on till November 16. For more information contact 52139712.

PRASSANA SRINIVASAN

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