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Mount Opera's new restaurant Omar Khayyam spells style and elegance


AWAY FROM the din and bustle of city life, Omar Khayyam is nirvana. Mount Opera's new restaurant (Tel: 925-272888) named after the versatile Khayyam, spells pure indulgence befitting the philosophy of the 11th century mathematician-astronomer-poet.

To reach Mount Opera, head north towards Dilshukhnagar as though you were heading to Ramoji Film City, pull off another three kilometres and you will have arrived at the venue, characterised by a sylvan situation. Unpolluted air, rocks - untouched by time, and a heavenly view from the hilltop are three simple reasons, potent enough to revive one from the fatigue of a 45-kilometre drive through a desolate forest reserve.

The theme of the resort is a mixed one, where evolution meets entertainment and lifestyle.

While Asia's largest Dinosaur-model is a delight for young ones, adults can bask in the pleasure of state-of-the-art spas and saunas. For others, water-sports options are in surfeit. Solitude is another option for those who prefer it.

Subsequent to a reasonable familiarity with the place, waste no time in heading for the privilege that is Omar Khayyam. Tasteful interiors with a touch of woody elegance and a welcoming ambience are some salient elements, the most outstanding being the view of the horizon offered by the windows.

We'll talk about the food now. Batata vada or Biryani, name your pleasure - this almighty food-outpost probably has it, along with savvy mocktails and other beverages.

Grab one, slather on some cream cheese, add crushed pepper and feel the joy. Items on the menu are too numerous to mention, but the Tomato Dhaniya Shorba and Nellore fish curry are two highly recommended dishes that may cause regret if not enjoyed.

Once contented with the gastronomic experience, venture out for a walk, take in a deep breath of fresh air. It is a luxury.

SOUVIK CHOWDHURY

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