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Swiss delights


THE TRADITIONAL and mandatory Swiss greeting you are served before all else, on entering a Swiss restaurant is gruetzi, meaning welcome. In the Fox, a world cuisine restaurant in Gurgaon, you are not greeted in this traditional Swiss style, but you surely are treated to a world class Swiss culinary experience, as a part of their two-week Swiss Food Festival that started this past Tuesday.

Looking at the special menu, compiled with the Indian palate in mind by Executive Chef Sanjeev Takyar, well versed in several cuisines from India and other countries, you realise why exactly the Swiss are so rosy cheeked and robust. The reason: cheese, cheese and more cheese, compulsory meat, fresh cream, milk, and yet more cheese... an "all-rounded experience of German, Italian and French cuisines," says Chef Takyar.

But any person, leaving aside those calorie-conscious diet fanatics, having tasted these delectable delights, will certainly not complain.

The a la carte menu that expands over four courses starts with the likes of "Schwyzer" Teller (a filling cold meat platter) as appetiser. Fish paupiettes (fish rolled prawn, poached with nantua sauce and rice) is simply yum, and the fish just melts in your mouth. Schmuggler Toast (toast with ham, pineapple, cucumber, tomatoes, cheese, etc.) makes the taste buds go into overdrive, experiencing a variety of interesting flavours at the same time. The surprise comes with the coupe Luzern (in more simple terms, fresh strawberries with vanilla ice-cream), a dessert that is shockingly light and refreshing. Although the prices are certainly on the higher side, the huge portions more than make up for it.

This diner's ambience is chic and all white, somewhat reminiscent of the sets of Simi Garewal's Rendezvous, with a sidewall of interesting tech gizmos that are changed once in a while - currently it's mobile phones - albeit mostly covered by white curtains. The tables might seem too closely placed, and the service needs a little fine tuning, but considering those generous portions of awesome food, a lot can be forgiven. So here's wishing you gruezi and bon apetit.

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