Olympic meals in the Capital
TIME HAS its own way of saluting great events. Sometimes 60 seconds can be bundled into a single minute, at other times one glorious moment lives on forever. The Olympics certainly highlight this duality of time. Sit at the Marriott WelcomHotel, New Delhi, which is hosting the Athens 2004 Olympic Torch as the Athens 2004 Olympic Torch Relay Lodging Supplier and you would know what one really means.
It's not always about rushing to emerge faster, higher and stronger. The sedate settings of The Baywatch restaurant make you think quite the other way, yet emphasise the Olympic motto.
It can be the lovely Greek lunch that one doesn't want to rush through, or it can be the brief notes on the Olympic champions that might make the adrenalin rush; either way, Olympics are the flavour at the restaurant up till the twelfth of this month.
Start with some fried cheese with a spritz of lemon, called Saganaki, and the taste would ensure you overcome any reservations about such sinfully fatty preparations. Cheese appears to be ordained to be included in every other Greek recipe. The next appetiser confirms this. Spanakopita combines spinach with cheese triangles.
The soups can be ignored in favour of some reading material on Carl Lewis and Milkha Singh amongst others that has been neatly displayed in a table calendar form. One doesn't know for sure, but the nine-time gold winner King Carl and the Flying Sikh couldn't have objected to the Greek salads that are next in line. The tomato, cucumber and olive-based Horiatiki and the steamed or blanched cultivated greens called Horta are a must in any Greek palette.
The swordfish, which has been baked with tomato and herbs, justifies its presence in the main course, as does the Greek pizza, whose base differs from the Italian one, but the steamed vegetables struggle to compete. The lamb is fine in case you want something mildly sour. The absence of the scrumptious dish made by cooking meat on a rotisserie called Souvlaki comes off as a surprise, as does the non-inclusion of Sadziki, a combination of yoghurt with cucumber and garlic.
However, some tasty delights from the lands of ten selected Olympic champions from all over the globe confirms that variety is not compromised upon. And the honey soaked walnut cake ensures that you cherish this meal until the next Olympics.
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