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Vegan fare

`Festivals' is the new hub for north Indian vegetarian cuisine


THE FIRST impression is a semblance of symmetry that strikes one upon entering the new vegan restaurant towards the quaint end of Road No.10, Banjara Hills. Yellow and grey streamers on cherry brown wooden tables, fresh carnations and orchids on the mantle, and white sails, corals, shells and pebbles in a corner recreating a jetty. And importantly, pleasant charcoal figurines that represent holi, Ganesh utsav,Durga puja, sankranti and other festivals, painting the concept that the restaurant stands for. All this, as you listen to Another day in paradise.

"That's the whole idea. Offering traditional festival cuisine in a cool ambience that the gen now can relate with. The focus is on north Indian curries and roti from kitchens of Haryana, Punjab and Delhi. We felt that there was a need for a good vegetarian restaurant, especially for people in the twin cities who miss north Indian food," says Satyam Kharbanda, head operations, Festivals and an IHM Delhi alumni. The USP of the place is a plethora of corn and Indian cottage cheese based dishes such as Kadhai paneer, Mirch makai piyaz and Lachcha paratha along with Sarson da saag, rajma and Dum aloo Kashmiri. Also, this is your place for chaanch or tempered buttermilk and mint shooter for a mock tail. Pre plated platters A.P.Express or Sher-e-Punjab are ideal for those undecided times. And there is the broccoli cooked desi style Aloo do khile phool. "We plan to bring bhallas, papris, gujiyas, burfi, rabri and other delicacies that are made for festivals, during Holi next. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and after a month, for breakfast and high tea as well," says Satyam. Cuts of fresh fruits and boiled vegetables will be some of the options for breakfast with sundaes, Banana split ices, coffee and chai post siesta.

  • When: Festivals
  • Where: 8-2-601/A/s, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills, Tel: 23378896
  • Open: 11 a.m. - 3.30 p.m., 7 p.m. 11 p.m.
  • Tariff: Rs. 160 - Rs. 200 (meal for two)

SYEDA FARIDA

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