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Right to yum food

india Updated: Jan 26, 2011 00:50 IST
Shara Ashraf

Today, a lot of high-end eateries in the city will rustle up some ‘unification fare’ to tingle your taste buds. International cuisine with an Indian twist, traditional delicacies from all over India, tricolour biryani, pizzas and mocktails — you’ll find an influx of creativity everywhere. And it’s not just the eateries that serve Indian fare that have got into the patriotic mode. Restaurants known for serving European cuisine have invented novel ways to woo a nation-lover’s heart. So, go and proclaim your love for the nation as you assert your right to great food.

United we stand
At Ignis Kitchen & Bar in Connaught Place, you can eat traditional delicacies from the various states of India. Apart from Kashmiri Rishtas and Andhra Biryani, you also have Chapli Kebab (it’s called so because of its shape that resembles a chappal). So, what’s this Lahori dish doing in a Republic day menu? “It’ll help strengthen bonds with our neighbour,” says the chef. Meal for two will cost you RS 800 plus taxes.

Homemade delights
Craving for home-cooked food? At Ice Lounge, the traditional Indian platter will warm you up as you dine in the sub-zero temperature. Vegetarians can take their pick from Dal Makhni, Kadai Paneer with Tawa Parathans, whereas carnivores can ask for lip-smacking spicy Methi Murg or Kadai Murg. DJ Manish will pump up your spirits with foot-tapping house music. A meal for two will cost you under R1,500.

Go organic
This one’s for the heath junkies. Cafe Royce, Defence Colony is launching its organic menu today. Savour Green Herbs Melange, a light broth made with pureed vegetables, flavoured with rosemary. Other organic dishes include Minestrone, the classic Italian soup, paneer stuffed mushroom, and fennel flavoured paneer tikka. Avail a 10 per cent discount on all items. A meal for two will cost below R1,200.

Desi spirit
Famous for its American delights, the Ruby Tuesday chain is rustling up a grand desi spread for nation lovers today. You can soak in the patriotic spirit for one full week. The restaurant is offering is Pao Bhaji, an array of kebabs, such as the Hyderabadi Shikhampuri kebabs (belly-full, referring to the stuffing in the centre), Haryali Tangri, aromatic veg and non-veg biryanis. Here, a meal for two starts at R1,000.

Metro rail cake, anyone?
At Cibo in Janpath Road, the chef is paying a tribute to contemporary India, and how! He will be designing a mini metro railway that will be gifted away to everyone who dines there on Republic Day. Among other specialties is triple layered Republic Day Pie made with strawberry, kiwi and ricotta cheese and a tricolour mocktail Republic Float — a mix of kiwi and orange juice and vanilla ice cream. There will be a band from the desert state that will belt out Rajasthani-meets-jazz numbers for you. A meal for two will cost you R2,000.

Patriotic fusion
At the Underdoggs Sports Bar & Grill, Vasant Kunj, there’s a Republic Day menu that features fusion fare, such as Chicken Tikka Roulade with tomato butter sauce and Saffron and Pepper Chicken Brochettes served with mango chutney mayonnaise. Don’t miss the yummy smoothies that have got star ratings by health experts. Defence personnel and ex-service men can avail 50% discount on their food bill on 26 January.

Honouring the heroes
The Chi Kitchen & Bar in Select City Walk Mall, Saket will be laying out a generous table for the army
personnel on the Republic Day. The feast features Yunnan Jiaozi Dumpling Soup, Crispy Butter Garlic Prawn, and Spicy Sundried Chilli Fish at a 50% discount for the defence personnel. So, if dad’s in the army, drag him/her to this restaurant and have your fill of yum food.

Other places to check out
The Pavilion, ITC Maurya
Relish sumptuous fare from across the nation. Delights include Grand Mughal Roast, Dahi ki Pasliya, Paneer Makhni, Dal Maash Qaliyan,Kacche Gosht ki
Biryani. For a sweet ending, dig into Seviyan ka Kheer, Jamun-e-Gul and Fruit Rabri.
Meal for two: R1,950
Pirates of Grill,
Rajouri Garden
At the Pirates of Grill, there is a special Indian buffet that features Kashmiri Shammi, Gobhi Mussalam and Amritsari Chholey.
Meal for two: R1,100
Tivoli Garden Restaurant,
Chattarpur
Choose from 26 dishes from states such as Haryana and Rajasthan and avail a discount of 26%.
Meal for two: R1,299
(Some prices mentioned
here do not include taxes)

A reason to shop
Big savings
The Big Bazaar shopping carnival has begun. Everything from grocery items to electronic and apparel is on sale and there are some cool offers to look out for. Stock up your home and your wardrobe too with this sale offer.

Couch shopping
There are some amazing offers on gadgets and cookware on HomeShop18 on January 26. Also you will get assured gifts, or 100% cash back and if you're lucky enough, then you can even win the bumper prize
— a Toyota Etios.

The more, the merrier
At all TQS stores, you will get an additional discount of 26% on your purchase on Republic Day, apart from the 80% discount, which is already on.

For our heroes
DLF Saket will celebrate the Republic Day with an ode to the Indian Defence Services. The mall will also exhibit the city’s longest graffiti scroll to help capture the spirit of the day. The mall will also offer free parking to all defence personnels. And the first 50 defence personnel who walk into the mall will also be able to avail special family shopping vouchers.

Dress for the occasion
Rush for the big discounts of up to 50% on garments at Species, West Gate Mall, Rajouri Garden. There’s 5% additional discount for customers who come dressed in any colour of the tricolour.

Republic replica
At Select City Walk mall, Saket, there will be a 20X16 ft installation of India Gate — a highlight for January 26 —apart from other works of art.