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Jhat pat khana

Blue Flower has a thali lunch served within 14 minutes or else it is complimentary


YOU PLACE an order and an hourglass is placed on your table. As you watch the trickling sand, half way through that - which is about seven minutes - your lunch is served; this is a 14-minute deal, else the lunch is on the house. Blue Flower, Taj Residency has come up with a new jhat pat thali offer for lunch (12.30 p.m.— 2.45 p.m.).

"We had introduced a similar offer at Machan, Taj Mahal Mansingh, New Delhi, but that was a pre plated one curry and rice deal. But here we are talking about a whole thali in Chinese, South Indian and North Indian vegetarian (Rs. 145) and non vegetarian (Rs. 175) options for people in a hurry," says Sumeet Taneja, Food & Beverage Manager, Taj Residency.

"It is a challenge. For example, you need to look into garnishes and keep the colours and textures in mind to make the platter look appetising. For instance in the Chinese fare, the Hong Kong preparation has a brown note owing to the usage of mushrooms and soya sauce base. A white stir-fried vegetable goes well with it. Also, we don't have a fixed menu and have something new to offer every day. We have a separate section looking into this," says Samir Mulaokar, Sous Chef, Taj Residency about the new thali offer.

So, the choice is varied. You have the papads, rasam, Palakura pappu and Snakegourd fried filling vegetarian South Indian delicacies and Kodi kura and Chapala pulusu in the non vegetarian fare, served with unlimited plain rice and roti. Palak mattar, Dal makhani, Murgh tikka, Alu gobi and green salad, plus a Gulab jamun are some of the North Indian preparations one finds. A traditional North Indian whole garlic pickle adds that tangy zing to the affair.

While the Indian cuisine is served in traditional ware, the Chinese spread-- a clear soup, Stir fry exotic vegetables such as zucchini and broccoli, Schezwan chicken, rice and noodles, is served in porcelain bowls, all within 14 minutes.

The 14-minute lunch deal is an outcome of a thorough study of successful stand-alone restaurants in the twin cities, observes Taneja. "We found that these restaurants were doing well because they were offering a quick service and value for money and decided to introduce a similar model here as part of our plans for this year. It sure is a value proposition of a lunch in a five star hotel at the tariff we are offering. The response has been tremendous. We have a lot of kitty parties as well as corporate groups as repeat customers for the thali," he says.

Interested in the 14-minute check? You can reach Blue Flower, Taj Residency on 55663939.

S.F.

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