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Redefining dining

Combine shopping with fine dining at Great Expectations


ONE THING that stares you in the face is the mid-nineteenth century influence when you enter Great Expectations (Tel: 32324007). Tasteful interiors with a touch of woody elegance, esoteric light and pipe music in the background gives this new restaurant at Shopper's Stop an English feel.

When Pip said of Estella, "You've been the embodiment of every graceful fancy my mind has ever become acquainted with" in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, he meant he'd never be able to get memories of her out of his mind. Great Expectations, as a restaurant aims to recreate the same magic by redefining the art that is fine dining.

Classical is the word that springs to mind for the thematic paintings, accent styling and an ambience that provides privacy and comfort. Multi-cuisine in genre, the 70-seater swank eatery showcases the best of Lebanese, Oriental, Far Eastern, Continental, Mexican and Indian cuisine. The 12-page menu has been specially doctored to represent a range that is truly world-class, says managing-partner, H.M. Reddy.

Seconding the thought, Shoppers' Stop, Manager (operations), Rajiv Nair says, "Most who frequent our store are widely travelled, understand brands and products, - for whom Great Expectations will sum up the wholesome experience that shopping is today." The other day, Ram Gopal Varma was spotted indulging in some fine fare.

Among recommended items, Mediterranean and Mexican assortments top the charts, while Indian and Continental closely follow the culinary preferences. Try out the Kibbeh or Sambousik Jaibne or just some flat noodles, or simply opt for the endless possibilities of a fine dining experience the menu offers. Announce your intentions for Burritos, and what you get is a meaty six-inch juicy bundle of goodness, all for Rs.150.

Perhaps, the price-point is the best part about Great Expectations. Incredibly affordable, because the promoters believe that luxury is not something that's only for the rich. It is a concept that says a lot about people who can understand it, create it and feel the fine difference.

A three-course meal for two comes for Rs. 200-500, and you may even run into Ram Gopal Varma. What more can you ask?

SOUVIK CHOWDHURY

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