Get ready for another fad diet. Catering to the latest craze in the celebrity universe, a city restaurant has launched a menu, which pairs food to diners’ blood types. Frangipani at the Trident Hotel is offering blood types, A, B, O and AB, a chance to sample cuisine that takes into account specific diet requirements.
“I’ve been thinking about this concept for a while, because I knew that it would take significant research and effort to pull it off. Fortunately or unfortunately, we had to create dishes that fit within very stringent standards while still being packaged according to five-star standards,” says executive chef Joy Bhattacharya.
The restaurant had previously created a menu, which created dishes for specific Zodiac signs, which received a good response. Bhattacharya, however, does warn against any blind faith when following this diet. “I’m not saying that if you eat these dishes, you’ll lose weight. In fact, if you like the dish and order seconds, it would defeat the purpose of the diet,” he says, adding, “All we’re doing is presenting an interesting dining concept, not a lifestyle choice.”
The menu features exotic-sounding dishes like coffee marinated farm-raised chicken (blood type B) and spiced tofu pumpkin and corn blinis (AB).
According to the blood-type diet philosophy, O blood groups, being the oldest, can metabolise protein faster than those with blood type A, who have a more fragile digestive system and lean naturally towards a vegetarian diet.
This created an additional challenge for the chef and his team. He says, “If someone is a vegetarian Type O, I can’t just hand him a dish that I’ve created for Type A, which is naturally vegetarian oriented. So we had to work hard not to duplicate items on the dish and be fair to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. We’ve created at least two dishes for each blood type.”