A pit-stop for night owls
Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.
The new post-dinner menu at Mynt offers snacks from three streams of cuisines.
A MIDNIGHT snack usually consists of potato chips, pappad, biscuits, chocolate or crummy leftovers. But imagine having pastas, lasagne, felafils, biryani or even pizzas during the wee hours of the night. Well, that's what you get if you drop by at the Mynt at Taj West End after midnight. The restaurant now offers food 24 hours a day in a new post-dinner menu that is effective from midnight.
The menu is not your usual starter-appetiser-main course-dessert. It contains dishes that are quick to prepare and also quick to knock back. Designed to be light on the stomach, it is for people who want to grab a quick bite after a long, hard and late day.
The menu is the brainchild of Executive Chef Sandeep Kachroo. He has divided into three sections Italian, Lebanese and Indian. According to him, this offers the best options for any late night diner.
"You have the usual Italian fare for the connoisseurs, the Indian fare for the routine stuff and the Lebanese for the exotic. It has something for anyone to enjoy and then you have the wide range of beverages to top everything off," he says. "The food is designed to be light and easily digestible. It is best for someone on the go, like an IT professional on the way back home late after a hard day or someone famished after a party. They can have a quick bite here and then head home."
The number of dishes on offer in each section is quite small. In fact, there are only two pastas and one lasagne in the Italian menu. The pick among them is the pasta farfalle primavera, which is butterfly pasta with vegetables and served with cream and tomato sauce. And the lasagne vegetariane, which contains spring vegetables in some truly lip-smacking sauce.
The Lebanese section has your hummus, felafil and shavarma. But the one to try here is the baba ghanouj, which is a traditional Lebanese dish that is made of char-grilled aubergines pureed with garlic and olive oil.
The Indian section is larger compared to the other two. It has the usual tandoor dal tadka, paneer butter masala and rotis. But Chef Sandeep's favourite is the Kundapur mutton curry. It is a traditional dish from our very own State and is served with steamed rice. The others to check out are the spicy Nilgiri vegetable biryani, sinful Calicut chemeen curry, which is fresh prawns cooked in coconut gravy and served with steamed rice and salad, and murgh tiika makhani, which contains yummy morsels of chicken simmered in tomato gravy over a clay oven.
There is also an option on the menu where you can make your own sandwich. You can choose the bread, spread, vegetable, meat and cheese to make your own combination.
And after all this if you are still awake and hungry for dessert, there is pista jamun, anjeer ka halwa, rasmalai or if you want something truly exotic, omali, which is a dish from Alexander's era that is made from baked filo pastry and reduced milk.
A meal for two will cost you Rs. 1,500. For reservations, call 56605660.
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Ambience: Sleek and contemporary
Service: Good and fast
Specialty: Kundapur mutton curry, baba ghanouj and Lebanese dishes
Wallet factor: Rs. 1,500 for a meal for two
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