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Mmmm... mango

The king of fruits reigns in delicious avatars at the Capitol



MELTING MOMENTS Chef Eshwar Rao with his exotic creations PHOTO: K. GOPINATHAN

Summer is synonymous with the arrival of juicy malgovas, alphonsos, raspuris and dussheris. No wonder nearly every dish at home contains mangoes during the season — majige huli to soufflé to ice cream. And now Trivoli Gardens at The Capitol is celebrating the king of fruits with two special menus, the first a food menu called Mango Moments and the other a mango cocktail and mocktail one called Mangoholic.

I was one of those who thought mangoes were just for eating raw or drinking as juice, until some truly exotic alphonso creations on the menu changed that entirely. For starters, you have fresh mango juice, mango chaat, mangoes on the rock, and mangoes with cream and date sauce.

The mango juice is, of course, just that — mango juice. But mango chaat is a peculiar combination of freshly cut mangoes with some chaat masala sprinkled on it. The sweet mangoes and the tangy and peppery masala give the dish an unorthodox taste. Mangoes on the rocks are icy pieces of the fruit straight out of the freezer, while mangoes with cream and date sauce is a combination to send to straight to heaven.

The main course starts with pooris and aamras, the traditional north Indian summer preparation. Aamras, diluted sweet mango juice, goes rally well with hot pooris. And then there is beer and mango cheesecake, the one combo Chef Eshwar Rao is really proud of. It contains a layer of cheese and a layer of mango yoghurt topped with a fresh strawberry. The cake simply melts in your mouth — qualifies for the "no one can eat just one" line.

The mango dessert that follows is good enough to be the main course. Called mango surprise, it comes with three choice flavours of ice-cream topped with freshly cut mangoes. If there is any space left in the tummy, you can go for other desserts — mango milkshake with ice cream, mango mousse, mango tart, amarkhand (mango puree with frozen sour yoghurt), mango pastry and mango stuffed lychees with ice-cream. I tried spoonfuls of each, and trust me, it's hard to make a choice. But I kind of veer towards the mango-stuffed lychees, which comes with a special offer. On your plate is one lychee stuffed with cherry instead of mangoes, and if you identify it and bite into it first before the waiter, you get another dessert free.

Exotic drinks

Now to wash it all down, you have a choice of three cocktails and mocktails. There are some truly exotic names here such as liquid gold (vodka with fresh mango juice topped with orangeade), yellow river turns red (white rum with mango juice, lime juice and gomme syrup topped with red wine) and snake on the snow (gin with mango juice, lime cordial, egg white and mint juice).

But the biggest surprise is the prices. The items in the food menu are priced between Rs. 75 and Rs. 95, the cocktails at Rs. 185 and the mocktails at Rs. 100, taxes and services charges extra. It is definitely good value for money as you get a sumptuous quantity of each. The special menu is available between 12.30 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. and 11.30 p.m. at Trivoli Gardens. It is also available at the 24-hour coffee shop, 24 Carat. For reservations call 22267076.

ANAND SANKAR

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