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Drool! 5 Non-Veg Dhabas in Amritsar

After a sneak peek over the vegetarian dhabas in the city of Amritsar, it’s time to check the non-veg ones.

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The city of Amritsar
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Choices and options of non veg eateries is varied in the city of Amritsar, bur heading to these dhabas will give you a  feel and touch of their local cuisine, aroma and delicacies added with the meat or fish of your choice.

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Dhabas of Amritsar
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BYT lists the best non-veg dhabas you cannot miss when in the city of Amritsar:

Chawlas 2

This national food chain has almost 80 outlets across the country though it started its journey from Amritsar. Thus, even if you have been to their eatery before, being in the Amritsar one has an added heritage to grab your attention. The place is renowned for ‘Cream Chicken’, a dish started by Late S. Attar Singh Chawla, who first used milk, cream and spices to prepare a meat based dish. If not a fan of chicken, then their Amritsari Fish is another highlight of the menu. The restaurant recently became news with its business ventures travelling overseas to South Africa, New Zealand, UK and so on.

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Cream Chicken at Chawlas 2
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Parkash Dhaba

An indeed tiny shabby restaurant where you might think twice before stepping in. But believe the BYT food experts and do drop in for their mutton curry. Prepared with minimal ingredients like onion and garam masala, this is a light meat preparation that makes a gaga combo with a plate of hot steam rice or plain kulchas you get here. The restaurant has a branch at Maqool Road and if you end there, the curry can be supplemented with tikka, grills and kebab.

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Mutton Curry
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Beera

Tandoor from the typical Punjabi kitchen has always been an irresistible affair and to experience that at the best, Beera is the ultimate destination. Their hall of fame is Chicken Tandoori. Foodies also appreciate their serve of Fish Fry with Keema Naan. Balbir Singh Bheera, the owner hand picks every chicken served in the eatery and marinates it himself before the grill sessions. The restaurant receives heavy crowd at all times of the day and thus, you got to spare sometime in waiting queue before fetching yourself a seat.

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Tandoori Chicken at Beera
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Makhan Dhaba

This one is a paradise for fish lovers and is most popular for the Amritsari Fish they serve. Added to their fish bouquet, Chilly Fish and Fish Fry are also favorite for many. For fish, their standout factor is that every plate is prepared in mustard oil which adds to the flavor and aroma. Along with fish, they have abundant chicken recipes that you can pick from. The list includes Butter Chicken, Kadhai Chicken, Chicken Curry, Masala Chicken and Lemon chicken all prepared in authentic Indian or Punjabi style.

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Entrance of Makhan Da Dhaba
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Pal da Dhaba

Located near Hathi gate, this one is the ultimate place for a bowl of hot ‘paya’ soup. This is an Indian stew prepared with mutton, chilli, lentil and garam masala. Crowds gather and wait till they get their turn for a bowl of paya soup. If you find the paya soup too simple and bland, you can combine it with a plate of hot Keema parathas making it a heavy combination.

Buddhist Cuisine: Features and Facts

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An authentic Buddhist spread
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Standing very parallel to Hindu beliefs and customs, Buddhism is an absolutely independent religion that has its own set of rituals and regulations followed by 300 million people of this world. While standing out from the rest, the Buddhists even sketched their style of diet, popularly known as Buddhist cuisine.

BYT lists 8 highlights of the Buddhist cuisine that you may try with a fellow Buddhist and have idea about a completely new kind of culinary spread:

Meat – Yes or No?

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Consumption of meat in Buddhism
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Buddhists are predominantly meat lovers except the priests, monks, nuns or those abiding the Bodhisattva path. So, when in Buddhism, it depends on your wish whether you will be a meat eater or not. However, Buddha himself is believed to have died for over consumption of tainted pork.

Vegetarian Buddhists use gluten, tofu, agar and other plant products instead of meat in their meals.

Redefining the Food Habits

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A Buddhist meal
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Buddhists do not prefer much of poultry products. Those who are strictly vegetarians prefer lentils, beans, soups, salads, and vegetable dishes in menu. In case of meat, a broth or stew based preparation is preferred. A sect of Buddhists is known for abstaining from meat and yet keeping fish as a major constituent of their meals.

Limitation in Snacks

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Fruit bowl, the preferable snack
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Buddhists are not very fond of snacks. Between meals, they drink a lot of tea or opt for fresh bowls of fruits as snacks. This is mainly to aim for a healthy living and abstaining from junk food.

Dessert is Special

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Dessert among Buddhists
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For Buddhists, dessert is indeed a special affair that can be consumed only during happy occasions and feasts. Rice pudding and oatsbar are common Buddhist desserts that are seen on table only during festivals. This is mainly to balance the carbohydrate consumption of the body.

Post Meditation Dining

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Meditation is important
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Buddhists emphasize on meditation to a great extent. This is mainly to keep the body and lifestyle at calm and composed state. Thus they prefer taking each meal after a short span of meditation so that the calm body helps for faster metabolism and digestion.

Breakfast Menu

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Porridge, the healthy breakfast
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In case of breakfast, the Buddhists do not have much variety and prefer hot bowls of porridge usually topped with cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, raisins, muesli. Though this may sound a subtle start for a day, but it’s definitely healthy!

Shojin Ryori: A Food Style by Zen Buddhists of Japan

Culinary experts across the globe are quite enthusiastic when it comes to “Shojin Ryori”.

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Shojin Ryori, a typical meal
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Shojin Ryori, mostly implies their vegetarian cooking style. It’s the abundant availability of both wild and cultivated vegetables in Japan that led to the emergence of such a culinary style. It started during the 13th century, when Zen Buddhism, a kind of Buddhist practice started in Japan.

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Zen Buddhist nuns
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A typical Shojin Ryori meal consists of a soup, and three dishes, together called as ichi ju san sai. Soy, tofu, kozu – are common ingredients in a Shojin Ryori meal, usually complimented with pickles of various kinds.

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Ichi Ju San Sai, the soup
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During the training span of a Buddhist monk in Japan, experting in Shojin Ryori culinary form is important. Some of its dishes require elaborate preparation time with dedicated efforts. One example would be sesame paste, a popular dish that needs long hours of grinding in a pestle and mortar.

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Seasame paste
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Speciality of Shojin Ryori cuisine includes, there happens to be no waste during production of this food. Every spread necessarily has a balance of five flavours and colours that completes its composition.  Use of garlic, onion, meat, fish, insects and other pungent flavours is completely abstained in Shojin Ryori.

Shojin Ryori menu is also very much based on nature. Buddhists consider seasonal agricultural products as flow of nature and thus, incorporate them in their plates. During spring, emphasis is led on new sprouts that come up; in summer it’s the green leaves that are preferable; during autumn, it’s more of fruits and nuts while in winter, root veggies and fruits are the main ingredients.

Before the consumption of a Shojin Ryori spread in a Zen Temple, five principles or prayers are chanted which includes:  Reflect on the effort that brings us this food; Reflect on our imperfections as we receive the meal; Reflect on mindfulness to be free from attachment, anger and ignorance; Reflect on taking this food as a medicine to sustain good health and Reflect on the fulfilment of our practice as we accept the offerings.

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Buddhists monks during feast
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Shojin Ryori: The Art of Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine
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Authors and bloggers have already made ample research on this culinary style and produced elaborate thesis on it. Among them, “Shojin Ryori: The Art of Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine” by Danny Chu is one of the best work to know more about this special culinary style developed by Zen Buddhist monks of Japan.

For many who don’t have a clue about this festival- St. Patrick’s Day is a festival of Irish culture. St. Patrick is believed to have introduced Christianity in Ireland and on March 17, his death anniversary, is celebrated across the world indulging into the Irish culture. The catalogue of festivals in India is already huge and after Halloween, this Irish festival has also made its way from the west. No wonder, we Indians need a reason to celebrate.

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St. Patrick’s Day in India
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Here are the 4 places where one can experience a glimpse of Irish culture on St. Patrick’s in India.

The Irish Village, Pune

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Enjoy the Irish culture
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Acclaimed as one of the best breweries in Pune, The Irish Village serves amazing craft beer. Their freshly brewed Irish beer is one of the oblivious orders. The restro-bar is designed with a touch of a traditional Irish culture offering a unique ambiance to its guests.

Dublin, Bangalore

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Dublin, Bangalore
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This exotic pub is a part of the renowned ITC Windsor. The Irish themed property of the ITC is a happening place to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with great, groovy music, chic crowd and yes, sumptuous food. So if you are not in Ireland, then this is the place to get hold of the best beer in the city.

The Irish House, Mumbai

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No better place to enjoy the green day than here!
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A weekend can’t be better or more heavenly with a delectable fish platter coupled with chilled beer. This place is too awesome to resist the temptation of beer and good food. The taste of music adds on more to the Irish themed ambiance here.

Shamrock The Irish Bar, Hyderabad

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A Classic Experience!
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Reflecting the rich culture of Ireland, this pub is the best place to experience the true taste of this place. All your draught Irish favorites are available here under one roof. Unwind the stress and worries; the pleasing ambiance of this place is what you are looking for a perfect weekend!

6 Italian Foods for This Venice Carnival

Popular as the most delicious festival, Venice Carnival dates back to 1162, to celebrate the victory of Serenissima Repubblica against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico di Treven.

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A snapshot of Venice Carnival
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People from across the globe gather at the San Marco Square, the principal public square of Venice.  Though the festival was outlawed during late eighteenth century, but is now celebrated with huge pomp and show.

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San Marco Square, Venice
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The attraction of this annual fair is use of colorful masks, which allows people to disappear from their original appearance and participate in the carnival.

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Masks in display, Venice
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Masks not only signify an artistic creation but have held a special significance throughout Venetian culture. Scholars consider masks as a unique Venetian craftsmanship and mask makers till now hold a top notch position in European hierarchy.

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A Venetian couple
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Like many other festivals, the Venice Carnival definitely leaves a big scope for foodies. Each day ends with gala dinners held by different family, community or restaurants. Food is believed to give a universal appeal to any celebration.

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Dinner during Venice Carnival
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Italian cuisine offers many relishing palates. So that your list does not limit to pizzas or pastas alone and you land in a memorable culinary voyage here are the dishes you should surely try. If not in Venice, now every nook and crevice of the country has lavish Italian restaurants. Check in to try these irresistible Italian dishes.

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An Italian Spread
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Bruschetta 

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Types of Bruschetta
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Always begin your Italian food exploration with this one. It’s an appetizer prepared with basil, tomato, garlic and onion. It’s usually served with a topping of thick mozzarella cheese. If meat and pork is added then the bruschetta becomes non-veg in kind. Usually it’s consumed right after grill and is hot. Sip some cold wine to make it enchanting.

Lasagna

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Lasagna
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Counted as the oldest form of pasta, lasagna is wide and flat usually comprising layers of cheese, meat and several other kinds of feeling. Sauces, cheese, pork, mozzarella, parmesan, chicken, meat, prawn are added with veggies making lasagna a wholesome portion of any Italian spread. Lasagna can be vegetarian as well. Though lasagna forms a main course, but if ingredients like chocolate and peanut butter are used to fill it, then it becomes a dessert.

Bolognese

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Sphagetti with bolognese
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Originating from Bologna, the largest Italian city, this is a meat based sauce usually added in pasta, penne, spaghetti or rigatoni for a classic aroma. When using Bolognese sauce, the method is slow cooking that adds aroma and flavor to the dish. Experiments of Italian and American chefs have now developed kinds of Bolognese sauce which makes it difficult to get the traditional ones. Tomato also dominates this red sauce.

 Tortellini en Brodo

Tortellini en Brodo, the Italian Soup P.C.: Tortellini en Brodo

Tortellini en Brodo, the Italian Soup
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It’s an Italian soup that is called a staple dish in Italian spreads. Families especially northern Italy prepares this during vacations in order to add warmth to their togetherness. Pasta, spaghetti and parmesan cheese is added to the soup to make it more scrumptious.

Bigoli

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A plate of bigoli
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Bigoli is a long form of pasta that can also be categorized as noodles. Bigoli dominates kitchens of Veneto region, modern Italy. Traditionally, duck eggs or duck sauce were the main ingredients to prepare bigoli. Now even meat or fish is used prepare a delectable dish of bigoli. Bigoli has varieties like dry, dark or white depending on the kind of wheat used during production. It’s worth a try amidst an authentic Italian spread.

Gelato

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Gelato, the Italian dessert
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Gelato might now be considered as an universal dessert but roots in Italy. Hence during the Venice carnival or any authentic Italian spread, you get to taste the best of it. It has several flavors to pick from. Combine many such flavors to make gelato an interesting dessert to try.

 

TRY THESE ITALIAN RESTAURANTS IN INDIA:

BANGALORELATITUDE – VIVANTA BY TAJ, MONSOON – THE PARK, GRASSHOPPER, MINISTRY OF FOOD – HILTON BANGALORE EMBASSY , ALTO VINO – BENGALURU MARRIOTT HOTEL

MUMBAIMANGIAMO, LAGERBAY, THE LAUGHING BUDDHA, ROYALTY, CAFE PRATO – FOUR SEASONS

 

7 Late Night Food Spots in Kolkata

The people of Kolkata have good food to tuck in at any point of the day. If ‘luchi’ makes a kind size breakfast, their ‘maacher jhol’ is a luscious lunch followed by ‘jhalmuri’ in snacks and may be some wholesome ‘biriyani’ for dinner. Rasogolla, payesh or sandesh are always there to offer a sweet tooth.

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The foodies of Kolkata
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Yet the foodies of Kolkata wanted more to this. Hunger pangs hit them in the middle of the night and thus, the city now hosts some eateries that are open late night to serve you food.

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Night life in Kolkata
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During your city hopping across Kolkata, do check-in these restaurants to tuck in some excellent dishes.

Someplace Else

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Inside Someplace Else
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One of the pioneer in the pub culture of Kolkata, Someplace Else has is a renowned choice among the nocturnal citizens of Kolkata. Other than unusual drinks and food, the live performances of top notch musicians drive crowds to the place. The British architecture and the European cuisine is sure to add memory to your gastronomic ventures in the city.

Alfresco – The Lalit Great Eastern

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Seating arrangement in Alfresco
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One of the best choices you can make when it comes to 24X7 restaurants in Kolkata. Availability of both Indian and international cuisine adds reason for you to be here. A sandwich, a plate of noodles or a chilled ice cream – they serve you every mood at any point of the day. Also, they have a wide range of drinks which adds zing the place.

Codfather

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Dishes at Codfather
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Kolkata and its affair with fish is an age old love story. Contributing to the duo, this new restaurant serves seafood in Italian and Continental style. If that’s a new dish for you, then the place has more.

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Entrance of Codfather
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Soup, burger, chicken, prawns – altogether awaits a versatile food fair you can’t afford to miss.

Nocturne

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Party at Nocturne
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As the name gives, this place is open till late night to stimulate your buds with scrumptious delicacies. To stir your senses, their chilled drinks are an added attraction. For an electrifying experience you can be at their dance floor or check-in the cosy café for a cosmic conversation. The place has ample in option for you. You got to make the right choice for an unforgettable venture.

Tantra

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Tantra, the biggest bar in Kolkata
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Better known as Kolkata’s largest bar, this pulsates with an irresistible magic created with food, booze, music and fun. Host a private party and groove with your favorite bunch of people. Or you can check-in late at night to rejuvenate your mind and soul, after a tiring day at work.

Azad Hind Dhaba

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Entrance of Azad Hind Dhaba
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Don’t let your insomnia waste at home. Drive to any of the nearest branch of this popular dhaba, and you are sure to be served great Punjabi food. From tadkas to tikkas, they are all set to serve you from noon to 2AM at night. The dhaba has been counted among top ten in the country many a times.

Don Giovanni’s
To pamper your food cravings, this 24X7 eatery is always an option. From Chinese to Indian, the menu is wide varied which leaves you with many choices to decide from. Their efficient delivery crew drops in your order at the earliest for you end with a happy experience.

Soul Food

Surprisingly, the history of Soul Food dates back to the late 15th century but not until the 1960s did it become known and sought after. ‘Soul Food’ is term used for a specific ethnic cuisine. It refers to the food prepared by the African-American people living in southern United States of America. This style of cooking and this cuisine evolved during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Most of the cultural things related to Africa are commonly referred to with the word ‘soul’, like African music is called ‘Soul Music’ as well.

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Soul Food – Fried Chicken
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Soul Food is a cuisine that has very simple recipes and simple, ordinary ingredients. However, even without much culinary embellishments, Soul Food is rather delicious and now has gained appeal almost all over the world. Traditionally prepared Soul Food used to be very high in fat, cholesterol, calories, sodium and starch. Although the hard-working people of that time could burn it out but these days, people who eat soul foods without caution, often end up with hight blood pressure, blood sugar, diabetes and cholesterol! But contemporary changes have made a significant impact on the acceptance of this cuisine internationally and made it more tasty and healthy.

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Soul Food – Fried Chicken and Waffles
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Today, however, Soul Food restaurants are making it quite big when people have become more aware, experimental and out-going. Pork is one of the prime ingredients in soul food dishes. There is a dish make with almost every part of a pig. Other than that, fish and chicken also form some of the important dishes on the dinner table. Changing perceptions on healthy eating and affordability of folks have substituted the use of cooking lard with vegetable oil or canola oil and lot of meaty preparations made with pork left overs to be made with turkey. Shrimps, oysters and crab are delightful as well!

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Soul Food – Fried Fish with Vegetables
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Individual ingredients of Soul Food cuisine do have a lot of nutritional value such as the use of a leafy vegetable call collard which is rich in vitamins and minerals. Peas, legumes and beans form excellent inexpensive sources of protein and fiber. Sweet potatoes help in reducing blood sugar and provide anti-cancer nutrients.

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Soul Food in Restaurants
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Among the African-Americans, all celebrations encourage the act of sharing with one another. There is a deeply embedded feeling of belonging. These days there are restaurants even in India that serve delights from this cuisine. Check out www.bookyourtable.com and choose a restaurant of your choice. Even if you are not exactly looking for Soul Food, find out what catches your fancy. Call 076767 76767 for reservation to have a smooth dining out experience.

Bengali and fish-2

The Bengali culture is typically encompassed with fish when it comes to cuisine. In Bengal, fish is the symbol of prosperity, fertility and pleasure.

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Bengali Fish Curry
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The truly behold their culture. Hence, you ask anyone on earth about Bengali food style, all spell out fish and rice. Geography is highly responsible for this choice of the Bengalis. The criss cross rivers of the the Ganges, the Padma, and the Brahmaputra along with the salty Bay of Bengal all around made fish available and a popular choice too.

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Typical Fish Market in Bengal
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Fish is a fond for Bengalis irrespective of size, texture, or density of flesh and bone. This has made the fish choices of Bengalis variant. Among this diverse fall for fish, few dishes that are very common to any Bengali house hold and favorite to any Bengali across the globe are listed here. They are part of their regular plates as well as available in restaurants nowadays.

First and foremost, Macher Jhol.
This can be somewhat called a fish stew. Bengalis can prepare this with almost any type of fish you give. Additional to fishes, lots of vegetables like cauliflower or potatoes are added to bring in taste as per season. It’s simple, fast to cook and is a beautiful combination when served with hot rice. A lime and a chilli adds to the meal.

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Macher Jhol
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Second in list is Macher Kaliya.
This famous Bengali delicacy made out of Katla or Rohu fish can be served with daily meals and also in special occasions. For the latter, the spices and oil added are stronger making the dish delicious in taste. The main twist to add taste to this recipe lies in the size of the fish. Fishes weighing more than 3kgs are considered more apt.

 

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Macher Kalia
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Third, in the bouquet is Tel Koi.
Tel Koi has a very seasonal note to it. It’s mostly a winter dish due to the availability of Koi in winter. Also, it has a lot of oil which might not be digested in the sultry summers of Bengal. This wonderful preparation can be made in the shortest of time using Koi fish, mustard oil, kalonji and few more spices. The chef needs to be little careful while dealing Koi fish as it lives long after being made out of water.

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Tel Koi
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Fourth, in the bunch is Doi Mach.
Made with Rohu or Katla fish, this can serve both way-daily dose or delicate delicacy. The preparation is almost like Macher Kaliya though curd dominates the gravy here. The weight of the fish also matters here. The curry is distinctive, spicy and sour with a soft and tender fish.

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Doi Mach
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Last in the queue is Chingri Macher Malaikari.
One of my favorite being a by birth Bengali, this sweet coconut based preparation can be made with shrimps or jumbo prawns. When its prawn at home, most Bengalis prefer this gravy dish. That does not mean, there is nomore to Bengali prawn preparation. Other popular prawn dishes in Bengal are Lau Chingri, Chingri Paturi, Badhakopir Ghonto Chingri Mach Diye, Posto Chingri and more.

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Chingri Malaikari
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A Typical Bengali Thali
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Bengali cuisine has received fantastic appreciation across the globe for its perfect blend of sweet and sour along with bitter and spice. It’s unpretencious flavours made out of, ‘panchforon’ adding aroma and ‘shorshey’ making it unforgettable. Even today, ladies in Bengal spend hours in the kitchen experimenting over food and fish.

It’s the location of Bengal in East India and by the shores that made fish be the staple food for them. A typical non vegetarian Bengali needs fish by the plate for a complete satisfactory meal.Bengal’s endless streams, lakes and ponds abound with multitudinous mixed bags of fishes. Hence, fish is regular, fish is celebration in Bengal. Fish forms their character and personality.

The fishy affair of the Bengalis is long, extensive and dates back to ages. From fry, gravy to bake, Bengalis have been making outstanding fish preparations since ages. Most Bengalis learn the art of cooking fish from their family that is, it’s in their genes. It’s the historic connect of fishes to centuries ago, that today some authentic fish preparations are a part of all Bengali households.

If a tourist visits a typical Bengali home, it’s natural that he will come across these authentic fishy preparations in a day or few. Undoubtedly, the taste of fishes makes you fall in love with them. Then, you also fall for fishes and the Bengalis try their best to serve you the maximum from their fishy palates.

One among these classic Bengali fish palates that takes the first position in the list is SHORSHEY ILISH.

Shorshe Ilish has all the trademarks of an authentic Bengali cuisine. Most Bengalis consider Shorshe Ilish to be a very difficult recipe. Also ilish or hilsa is getting expensive.  So, they usually reserve the dish for special occasions. This mustard based spicy fish preparation is loved for the strong aroma of the fish and it’s light weight.Shorshe_Ilish

Second in the row is BHETKI PATURI.

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Bhetki Paturi
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This banana leaf wrapped all time Bengali favorite is not a regular dish. It’s rich and spicy and mostly served in weddings and celebrations. This baked dish needs slow cooking and is made of Bhetki fillets. Hence, it is completely boneless. Many fish lovers relish this advantage of Bhetki Paturi.

Third in the fish list of East India comes CHITOL MACHER MUTHIYA.

This legendary dish originates from an unknown time in history but will definitely linger as a delicacy for all forth coming generations in Bengal. To sum it up, it is fish balls or chitol dumplings in ginger-garlic onion based gravy. The dish needs long preparation hours but less time to lick your fingers.

Now it cannot be that Bengalis actually wait for a distant wedding or anniversary celebration t relish these days. Modern Bengalis live a fast life where making up these dishes is time consuming.

So how to relieve your taste buds?

Bookyourtable definitely has  the solution. Venture in these recommended restaurants in Kolkata or outside and indulge in a fishy meal.

BHAJOHARI MANNA
Named after a popular Bengali song, this retaturant specializes in serving authentic Bengali food. Hence, signature fish preparations are a definite in the menu. To keep it fresh and new for the guests, everyday the menu is handwritten, for you to venture in the best. It has many branches in Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai and more.

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Bhajohari Manna, Kolkata
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6 BALLYGUNGE PLACE

Located in South Kolkata, this restaurant will arouse your gastronomic urges even when you pass by it. The huge banners of fish along with the orthodox Bengali house set up calls you with a promising experience. If you visit this 2003 establishment, do try their 6BP Thali. It’s awesome.

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Top Three Restaurants in Guwahati

Known as Pragjyotishputra in ancient Assam, the modern day name of Guwahati, refers to the capital city of Assam and the largest metropolis of eastern India. When you are here, you are just some kilometers away from Kaziranga National Park that is home to rhinoceros, giraffes, bears and elephants along with some other wild animals; you can see the tallest grasses (over 3m tall), you can see mountains and the famous Brahmaputra river, peacocks, Kamakhya Temple and much more.

Terra Mayaa, Guwahati

Terra Mayaa, Guwahati

The first on the list of three is the grand Terra Mayaa Restaurant on the 6th Floor of Anil Plaza 2 on G.S. Road, Christian Basti. The restaurant is well set with mood lights, dim hanging lanterns and wooden furniture with royal blue cushions. This is one of the most happening destinations in Guwahati and a weekend get-together with friends is the usual resosnace here! The food is great but the menu is even more interesting!! They have options of a customizable meal of five items (including a drink) at an amazing rate. They also have cuisine specific set menu on every day of the week, like Chinese on Monday, Indian on Tuesday, Mexican on Wednesday, Italian on Thursday, Lebanese on Friday and Continental on Saturday! Sundays are a dive and delve in as you like, probably! Moreover, they have options for excess topiings and add-ons to suit your taste! What are you waiting for??

Terra Mayaa, Guwahati

Terra Mayaa, Guwahati

Barbeque Nation, Guwahati

Barbeque Nation, Guwahati

Barbeque Nation in  Adityam Building, Ulubari, is yet another most favourable foodie’s destination!! That crackling live little grill, the charcoal smoke, the aromatic hot fumes and the delectable barbecued fish, chicken, prawns, paneer and more items, the tandoori murgh tangri, the cajun potatoes, the marinades and the sauces and the soft murmur of smacking lips in delight, all hint at the one and only amazing resto, Barbeque Nation, doesn’t it?  The Buffet is what you should eat! They have some special dish or the other everyday. The service is fast, staff is well groomed. The decor is a signature and thus is the same everywhere. But make sure you have lots of space in your tummy because the barbecues just keep coming! End it with some amazing and warm ‘Angoori Gulab Jamun’ and Vanilla ice cream on top of them!

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Machaan
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The restaurant of Machaan located on the 3rd Floor of Dona Planet on G.S. Road, Christian Basti, dishes out mouth watering North Indian and Mughlai cuisines. This is a jungle theme restaurant and undoubtedly offers a foodie, the thrill of adventure and a romantic, the perfect ambiance for a private dining experience! The buffets are actually very impressive. The Shahi Zaffrani Biryani is quite popular and Malpua with Rabri!!

Call us on 076767 76767 for reservation via BYT!!

Aqua – The Lounge Bar, Delhi NCR

The address of Aqua – The Lounge Bar reads as GN 1, Shivaji Enclave, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi. Bookyourtable(.com) has come up with a grand offer of 40% off on Food Bill on Lunch and here’s why you shouldn’t let it go:

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Aqua – The Lounge Bar

Many bars and lounges have the name Aqua which immediately hints at blue and purple lights, special effects in the interiors and a psychedelic layout for you to enjoy your pegs and cocktails and then the happy trips with friends and family! What makes it even more amazing are the drinks concocted by trained bartenders to woo your money to the best of its effects! Aqua – The Lounge Bar is no different but what is the added attraction is the delectable food! Most bars fall short of delicious grub but this one is bang on!

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Kebabs and Drinks
Aqua – The Lounge Bar

Aqua – The Lounge Bar serves Indian and Chinese cuisines. Therefore it gives you options between perfectly made dumplings/momos or chilli chicken type of starters and juicy, delicious kebabs and tandoors, all at the same time. It is a common observation that Indian starters jam well with whiskeys and vodkas, or, if put simply, they pair best with undiluted tastes of alcohol while the Chinese dishes compliment cocktails better.

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Chicken Tandoori
Aqua – The Lounge Bar

Absolutely any age and taste would find a serene satisfaction in Aqua – The Lounge Bar because of their state-of-the-art facilities—be it interiors, music, variety of food and beverages, comfort, ambience or other additional services. The overall experience is bound to make you take leave with a promise to return!

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Aqua – The Lounge Bar

The fantastic offer from BYT makes it even more desirable to spend a long day here! At lunch, when Aqua – The Lounge Bar is a top class multi-cuisine restaurant, you are seated in the most agreeable eatery which has loads to present. With the sunset, the same beauty transforms itself into one of the most happening places of joy and fun!

Call 076767 76767 to find out more or log on to www.bookyourtable.com to avail this offer. To directly view the offer, click here.

Terracotta – Vivanta by Taj, Whitefield, Bangalore

How many of hardcore seafood lovers know about the wonderful Indian cuisine restaurant, Terracotta, nestled in the Vivanta by Taj hotel, Bangalore? It is one of the best destinations for a quiet evening dedicated to food and drinks, with your family and friends…

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Fish Curry
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Food and Terracotta are synonyms, pointing to excellence and depth of variety of the North Western Frontier’s culinary world. There is so much on offer that it’s easy to feel confused! The managers are well educated about the menu and can guide you well. The Galouti Kebab is one of their signature specialties that you simply cannot afford to miss! Kashmiri spiced chicken, Amritsari style white fish, Dumplings of fresh cottage cheese, Khumb methi malai matar, Salmon grill, lamb grill, red snapper mustard tikka and choose from a section of diverse options for Biryanis. Do not forget to order for the chef’s special ‘Lucknowi Garlic Kheer’ before end it!! The Amritsari White Fish is, perhaps, one of the best dishes you’ll enjoy if you are an ardent seafood fan. There are many other scintillating preparations that you can relish and will strike a note of appreciation in your mind.

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A Seafood Kebab Platter
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Terracotta is all about liveliness and splendour. The lavish interior décor and pleasing indoor-outdoor setting says it all. The earthen colours in shades of brown and the random checker-box patterns both in the ceiling and on the floor bring about a soothing harmony. The glass wall on one side lets in the nature to fill up your senses if you are sitting indoors. While dining, if you choose to spend the time out in the pleasing Bangalore weather, a flickering little candle set on your table shall bring in the poetry your senses were longing for.

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A Prawn Dish
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To create a valued remembrance, call 076767 76767 to make a reservation here and experience a grand fine dining closure! Let Bookyourtable (BYT) be at your service!!

Terracotta – Vivanta by Taj, Bangalore

Food is, perhaps, one of the most common topics all over the world and the variety in each cuisine is overwhelming… Basking in a breezy Bangalore evening, when food comes to mind, Terracotta, an Indian Specialty restaurant in Vivanta by Taj, is sure to come up in your mind…

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Terracotta – Vivanta by Taj, Whitefield, Bangalore

Terracotta is a beautiful, quiet and classy space tucked in Vivanta by Taj, Whitefield, Bangalore. It offers both, indoor and outdoor setting to suit your mood and company.

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Kebabs!
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Indian food has a huge variety and diversity but Terracotta is revered for its unique collection of Indian delicacies. To begin with, Kebabs (starters) are the best picks. Terracotta’s Galouti Kebab is unquestionably the greatest kebab in the Lucknowi region, so soft that it literally melts in your mouth… Try such a bite with your choice of beverage and feel the ecstasy! Following your treat of kebabs, comes the semi dries (kadahis & tawas) and their dish of chicken braised with lahori crushed spices cooked “Kadahi style” with desiccated coconut & herbs is simply out of this world in terms of its exclusiveness! You must definitely not miss out on Terracotta’s ‘Plated grills’ in which steaks of salmon matured in a richly spicy marinade of mustard oil & char grilled is a bona-fide choice. Also, char grilled Australian rack of lamb coated with full bodied Indian spices is no less in its charm! You can complement your grills with any of their luscious biryanis. Lastly, no Indian meal ends without a sweet treat and the Garlic kheer, a specialty of the chef from Lucknow, is held in high esteem.

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Chicken Biryani
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A glass of awesome daiquiri!
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When you want to experience a great ambience in a prodigious restaurant with heavenly spreads of delicate flavours, Terracotta is your game! Call (0)76767 76767 to make a reservation or click here. Your Food Advisor – Book Your Table brings the best of the best enlisted at your hand anytime, anywhere!

Satin – Radisson Blu, Noida, Delhi-NCR

Satin is one the best Pan-Asian restaurants in town, belonging to the Radisson Blu on the Greater Noida Express Way, Delhi-NCR.

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

Satin is basically a type of rich fabric with a glossy surface. It is used in making expensive things and attires and represents extravagance to a certain extent. This restaurant is also a signature of luxury.

Satin, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

Satin, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

The restaurant has a long, continuous, oval sofa set in the centre and the restaurant sort of develops around it. The deep orange panels between biscuit brown on one wall and the floor to ceiling picture windows on one side give the restaurant a nice balance of light and colours. The centre of the restaurant sports of a glossy finish structure on the ceiling, above the sofa that reflects an immense golden glow made with the lots of small lights fitted in hidden lofts in the ceiling architecture. Orange has been used quite a great deal to add vibrancy to the otherwise mundane colour combination. The deep sea green of the single sofas is a nice contrast.

Table set with sushi at Satin, Radisson Blu Plaza hotel

Table set with sushi at Satin, Radisson Blu Plaza hotel

Satin serves Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai along with recipes from the collective whole of Pan-Asian culinary world. The popular dishes include Congee Chicken, Drums of Heaven, Thai Curries, Nakjibokkeum, Tiger Prawns in Butter Garlic Sauce, Fried Ice Cream with Honey and Nuts, Pad Thai Gai, Tonkatsu, Salmon Teriyaki and Osam Bulgogi. Satin also has combinations of a four course meal available with two or more choices in each section for a fixed price, but can be opted for only if you’re four or more people.

Salmon Teriyaki

Salmon Teriyaki

The absolutely amazing food, soothing music, natural light, qualitative and quantitative food and the fact that Satin belongs to Radisson Blu Hotel, completes its identity and encourages vivacity! To enjoy your heart out and make your experience worth remembering, please visit BookyourTable.com and help us add to your comfort with our value added services, reservations, discount coupons and more!

Only Fish – The LaLiT Ashok, Bangalore

The LaLiT Ashok Hotel, Bangalore is hosting a ten day food festival, titled ‘Only Fish’, in collaboration with Gourmet Express…

24x7 Coffee Shop Alfresco

24×7 Coffee Shop Alfresco Terrace

The festival features different kinds of fish and their preparation. Pomfret Maach Bhaja, Bangda Fry, Barbequed Skewered Fish Tikka and Kane Rava Fried Fish are a few prominent names for starters. The main course has preparatiions like Sarson Bata Maach, Fish Reacheado, Lucknowi Machilli Curry, Nellur Chappala Pulusu among others. Exotic and unique desserts like Tawe Ki Sev with Ghumta Jaa are also a part of this exclusive event!

Head Chef Dinakaran

Head Chef Dinakaran

Chef Dinakaran has really made wonders with his years of experience, expertise and knowledge. The recipes he has listed to be put to the palate are each quite exotic, solitary and particular. His specialties include:

Oven baked red snapper-herb crusted oven baked red snapper with maple glazed pear & plum

John Dory —pan seared John Dory fish with lemon caper artichoke sautéed spinach and mash potatoes

Meen Moilee [robol fish] —south Indian style fish preparation with coconut milk

Fish dum biryani [sear fish] —fish and rice cooked together on dum with a hint of saffron and Indian masala

Grilled salmon –olive oil marinated salmon fish cooked on griddle with citrus emulsion and garlic pokchoy

Kane rava fried fish

Amber jack –with hariyali masala

Rohu –Achari masala

Pomfret fish –with Ajwain masala

Thelepia –mirch Aur Masale ki machalli and

Mackerel –Indian style masaledar, just to begin with.

Prawns are not included in this fishy celebration but if you are an ardent lover of all seafood and cannot do without a little of the crustaceans, you can definitely request them which will be served!

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Only Fish

‘Only Fish’, the denary festival is in full swing. Each dish served will be accompanied with a choice of steam rice, appam, sannas and paratha. You will find yourself getting comfortable in the 24×7 Coffee Shop Alfresco Terrace which has beautiful surroundings and looks into the poolside. Head Chef Dinakaran and his Executive Chef Subodh Goyal are on tenterhooks to make delight you with their recipes.

Kane Rawa Fried Fish

Kane Rawa Fried Fish

Pomfret Masala Tawa

Pomfret Masala Tawa

It is an unsettlingly fishy affair that Only Fish is all about! You need to experience it to enjoy or even fathom its diversity, excellence and supremacy. The absolutely amazing, qualitative and quantitative food, soothing music, natural light and the fact that it belongs to The LaLiT, completes the identity of Only Fish and tickles its verve! To enjoy your heart out with at the awesome ‘Only Fish’ festival and make your experience worth remembering, do visit the LaLiT Ashok Hotel by 10th of February, 2014.

Grilled Red Snapper

Grilled Red Snapper

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