Mangalorean flabby idly with
lobster masala at Dakshin in WelcomHotel Sheraton, New Delhi,
during the "Chef's Table Week" that concluded Feb 12.
New Delhi: Restaurant
weeks are getting increasingly common around the world. New York,
Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Sydney and Hong Kong are established
players in this area and food lovers eagerly look forward to good
cuisine at an amazingly reasonable prices. India is not far behind
now with such restaurant weeks in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore held
twice a year.
A three-course meal at Rs.1,000 at some of the finest restaurants
is indeed a steal. As many as 47 eateries participated in the last
Restaurant Week in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore Sep 12-18 last
year. The next will be held from March 12-19 and more than 60
restaurants are expected to participate.
But another unique concept of a "Chef's Table Week" is also
gradually taking root in India. After the inaugural event in Delhi
and Mumbai in September 2011, the biannual event concluded
recently Feb 12.
Organised by the same team behind the "Restaurant Weeks" in India,
it is a take-off where instead of offering a three-course meal, 13
of Delhi's finest restaurants provided a six-course chef's tasting
menu at Rs.2,500.
The participating restaurants included Pan Asian and Dakshin at
WelcomHotel Sheraton, Varq at The Taj Mahal Hotel and West View
and My Humble House at ITC Maurya. The Smoke House Room, Circa
1193 and Olive at the Qutab were some of the other participating
restaurants in Mehrauli. The 10 participating restaurants in
Mumbai included Ziya and Vetro at The Oberoi, Mumbai and Kebab &
Kurries at ITC Grand Central.
Vel Murugan. P, one of the master chefs at Dakshin, was personally
involved in overseeing the preparation of "kal yera thokku"
(lobster masala) with "sannas" (Mangalorean flabby idli) as part
of the "Chef's Table Week" at WelcomHotel Sheraton, Saket .
"This is a great favorite apart from kane rawa fry (fried lady
fish)," said Vel Murugan.
Manoj Kumar Goel, sous chef at Varq at Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi,
has been catering to very discerning customers during the Chef's
Table Week and it was a complete sellout.
"The focus is on experiencing tasting menus and interacting with
the Chef . Customers get a chance to meet the person behind the
restaurant's menu while enjoying a culinary experience catered for
them," said Nachiket Shetye, one of the founders of this unique
He earlier started the India Restaurant Week in September 2010
with Mangal Dalal and Azeem Zainulbhai. The 153 tables at the 13
participating restaurants were completely sold out at the recently
concluded "Chef's Table Week" in Delhi and Mumbai.
Anirban Dasgupta, executive sous chef, Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi
feels that the time is right for introducing the concept of the
Chef's Table Week in India. At the last "Restaurant Week", in
September 2012, the allocation of 2,000 tables were also sold out
with 4,000 food lovers waiting to be accommodated.
This unique venture was started by three friends passionate about
food and immersed in the food industry in Mumbai. Participating
restaurants showcase some of their best dishes and customers have
the luxury of not having to worry about what to order though
dietary preferences are taken into account by the Chef.
Lovers of good food are eagerly looking forward to the third
edition of the "Chef's Table Week" later this year.
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