Food outlets at the IK London Residency were opened recently
THE NAME of the hotel sounds distinctly foreign and the outer façade is a wee bit English too. IK London Residency at Kapadia Lane, Somajiguda (Tel: 55625555) opened its Tycoon Food Courts recently. The exterior of the building located opposite the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology resembles the Kensington Palace at London slightly. Since it was the home of the late Princess Diana, the restaurant in the hotel is named Lady Diana. The interiors, however, have a different feel - more Indian. The brainchild of Iqbal Khan (originally from Hyderabad), a London-based NRI who owns a chain of hotels, IK London Residency is a three-star hotel (with 60 rooms) and three eating places (designated broadly under the label of Tycoon's food court) - a restaurant (Lady Diana), a 24-hour coffee shop and a fast-food eatery (Quick Bite).
"This is the first venture of Iqbal Khan in Hyderabad. He has conceptualised the structure himself," says Ramani, Chief Operating Officer of the Group.
The eating areas are fairly small in size - Lady Diana seats about 60, the coffee shop 45 and Quick Bite 25. The coffee shop, done in blue, is open round the clock and serves breakfast, snacks, dinner and mini meals. A midnight biryani is being popularised. "It is made in authentic Hyderabadi style and is served along with salad, haleem, salan, raita and dessert," says Ramani. It is priced at Rs. 115 to start with. "Another unique concept of the coffee shop is a thali served for those who want to have a quick lunch (the veg is priced at Rs. 70 and the non-veg is priced at Rs. 80)," adds Ramani.
The décor of Lady Diana (open from 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. till midnight) is in red and white. This restaurant serves multi-cuisine - from Indian - tandoori, mughlai, Hyderabadi to Continental and Chinese. An executive lunch buffet is likely to be started shortly.
Quick Bite (open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.), as the name denotes, is for those who want to grab a bite quickly. In short, it serves fast food like pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, frankies, puffs, pastries, beverages, juices and ice creams. There are combo meals as well - burger/pizza/sandwich with salad, French fries and a drink. "We want this place to be a hangout for youngsters," says Ramani. Just adjacent to the coffee shop is an open area where a barbecue (serving a variety of kebabs) is set up after sunset.
"The USP of these food courts is value for money and variety. So the pricing is within affordable range. We are also planning to revive and introduce some old Hyderabadi dishes. Maragh (a lamb soup) is one of those dishes, which is being served on the menu. We are also undertaking home delivery in the radius of 2-3 kilometres," adds Ramani. A bar (called Napoleon) will be opened shortly too.
Film star Tarun who opened the restaurant and coffee shop wished those involved that the hotel should "grow from three star to five to seven star."
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