If you could put a price on the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner, how does Rs 3.5 lakh sound? That’s what the Taj Mahal Palace and Towers, Colaba, plans to charge guests for a special nine-course meal, designed by Grand Executive chef Hemant Oberoi himself.
“Recently we received a request from a couple to create a special platter, for which we incorporated caviar, wagyu beef (high quality beef imported from select countries) and foie gras (a preparation of duck liver).
They just wanted it to be exclusive, and had no budget restrictions. And the final bill came up to a few lakh rupees,” reveals Oberoi. Just ordering the caviar platter available at Zodiac Grill, which is already the most expensive meal in the city, will cost diners a mean Rs 13,000 approximately.
The request got the chef thinking, and what they settled upon was an elaborate Valentine’s Day meal, featuring the same exotic ingredients, priced at Rs 3.5 lakh.
“We’re planning to have the special menu at three of our properties Zodiac Grill, Casablanca and The Chef’s Studio,” Oberoi explains, adding, “We’ll need to be given three day’s notice before the dinner date.”
If it’s any consolation, the meal rate will also include a gift for the lady. But Oberoi has some ideas for the men too. “I plan to have a mid-year celebration where the women can take their partners out to an expensive meal and buy them gifts too,” he jokes.