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Luxury Dining at Hyatt, Ahmedabad

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City of Ahmedabad
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If you count Ahmedabad from the long history it beholds, then you must also make a note of its fabulous night life it offers composed of colourful markets, crowded streets and of course, luxury eateries for a memorable dinner and also rejuvenation after a tiring day or before your night walk.

When it’s about luxury hospitality across India, Hyatt Regency is a sound name and so it resonates at Ahmedabad as well. Contemporary additions are attributed in the hotel’s services throughout the year to keep it an interesting affair for their clients. The city along the Sabarmati River might seem to be belonging to the historical era, but the Hyatt outlets has wrapped a robe of modern lifestyle that you can start exploring once in Ahmedabad.

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Hyatt, Ahmedabad
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If a resident of the city and you still haven’t checked into Hyatt, then that is one of the first to-do in your priority list, for a memorable experience.


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Nonya, Hyatt
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Hyatt, the American International Company has captured the hospitality industry of all leading Indian cities and no far does it stand when it comes to Ahmedabad. Nonya, is their Asian food galore where from quick grab to food spreads they have it all in queue for you. You need to pick from their long menu or opt for the buffet to have an awesome food voyage. The place is ideal for dinner dates, business meets and even solo foodies can hangout here for a culinary delight.


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Collage, Ahmedabad
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Another Hyatt initiative, Collage serves Mughlai, North Indian and Continental food. Their hall of fame are the buffets they spread for foodies, that allows one to relish sweet, sour or spice – all in a go. Check in for a Sunday brunch and this place is sure to be one of your best experience in the city of Ahmedabad.


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Tinello, Hyatt
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Since still bound amidst the archetypal Indian culture, you may worry if you get any foreign delicacies in the city of Ahmedabad. Well, of course you do get when in this restaurant of Hyatt regency who specialize in tantalizing your buds with intense Italian flavours. From pasta to pizza, you just name it and they get it for you on the table.

6 Foods To Start the Chinese New Year

If scrumptious sweets unveil a New Year in India, China too has a rich culture that boasts eating some particular food during New Year. These foods that the Chinese try to keep in the menu during the beginning of the year are believed to bestow luck and prosperity. If wine is in case of the West, for China its good food that denotes the beginning of a new year.

This year, the Chinese New year dates on 8th February. Head to any luxury Chinese eatery like Yauatcha or Ginseng around you and the charm and color of their celebration to welcome the New Year will surely touch you.

When participating in the Chinese New Year, here are the food items that will make it an improved beginning.

Tangerines & Oranges

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The Chinese terms for orange and gold are rhythmic. Thus, during New Year celebrations consumption of oranges is considered a symbol of prospective year ahead. Many also eat tangerine during this time as it’s the Chinese work for good luck. So start the Chinese New Year with these fruits for an eventful year ahead.

Tray of Togetherness

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Tray of togetherness, a gift in Chinese custom
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Relatives and friends exchange this tray full of candies, dry fruits, sweetmeats and tucks during Chinese New Year. This is a way of showing love for the dear ones and sharing the goodies of the tray adds warmth to relationships. Usually Chinese trays have eight compartments i.e., eight kinds of tucks are added mainly because eight symbolizes good luck in Chinese custom.

Long Noodles

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Long noodles in display
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No Chinese meal is complete without a portion of delicious noodles. During New Year, long noodles are served in the meal as it signifies long life for the person. Recipes of preparing these noodles differ from one another.

Nian Gao

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Nian Gao in making
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The Chinese term ‘Nian Gao’ literally means higher year. It’s a New Year sweet dessert that marks the promise of a good year. This is offered in religious ceremonies and is now an important item in the Chinese Spring Festival food.


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Jai, the Chinese veg preparation
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Jai is a vegetarian main course that Chinese usually include in their New Year feast. The belief according to Buddhist culture is, Jai cleanses your body for a new start. The ingredients used to prepare Jai have individual significances like sea moss for prosperity, lotus seeds for birth of sons in the dynasty, noodles for longevity and so on.

Whole Fish

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Whole fish in serve
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On the occasion of New Year, Chinese also keep a whole fish as part of their meal. The fish is served with the head and tail in one piece and this marks abundance in life. The Chinese word for fish sounds like abundance in their language.

8 Trends Indian Foodies Will Embrace In 2016

2016 is here finally. The year 2015 saw a hell lot of openings of restaurants and without a shadow of doubt the year was remarkably great for the food industry. While we ate excellent food and sipped amazing drinks last year, we look forward to a brighter new year in the same perspective.

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What’s Trending in Food space

The year gave us plenty of memorable eating experiences and as the year wrapped up many made resolutions and follow the latest healthy trends in food and drinks. This also brings to our notice that 2015 had also been a personal-health conscious year where many healthy foods were in vogue and are likely to continue in 2016 as well.

Here take a look at what the New Year has in store for the Indian foodies.

Keeping up a Simple Menu

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Simplicity in Food

Sophistication can be best defined in terms of simplicity as they say. The year 2015 saw cooking reverting to simple basics and the trend seems to continue this year too. As molecular gastronomy is increasingly becoming popular in India, foodies are also turning towards preparation with the simplest recipes and less of ingredients.

Food is Going Local

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Hyer-local services trending

The emergence of hyper-local food startups in India has changed the way people here order food and groceries. The local souring has become the new trend amongst the foodies where they prefer consuming locally produced vegetable and much more.

Wholesome Food is in

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Wholesome food

Unprocessed for is no more the cup of tea for Indian foodies. There is also an increasing aversion for the sugar and people look forward to a healthier lifestyle. People are happy to pay more for wholesome food that is fresh and unprocessed.

Go Green

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Turn Vegan

Although there isn’t a significant change, many meat eaters turned vegetarian in the last year and the trend seems to see a new high in 2016. In the view to avoid diet-driven health crisis, people are following the west to accept herbivorism. Yet regardless, chicken, meat and fish is what drives most of the food culture in India. Match or the green tea powder is expected to the show stealer this year.

Going Global

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Indian Street Food reaching Big Restaurants

When a section of the population is turning to a healthy lifestyle, meanwhile the chaats and the irresistible street food of India is going global. These mouth-watering delights have made way to the fine dining restaurants considering that an Indian foodie possibly cannot resist the street food. Thus the New Year would see a lot of fusion food in the restaurants.

Pop-Up Party

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Pop-Up Party Food Stall

2015 didnt see enough of this and thus it would make way to the New Year. Food stalls set up in big hotels presenting the guests with specialized cuisines is what getting hotter in the food space. They are bringing up lesser known preparations from various parts of the nation taking them back to the roots.

Welcome More Global Food

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2016 would see more from the world cuisine

Food curious people are sure to experience an even better year as new trends and world cuisines would reflect everywhere in the food space. More specialized cuisines will enter the Indian food market. Along with home delivery trend reaching its peak in 2016, European and Japanese food will also uptrend. Presentations and international ingredients will also take the foodies by storm.

Theme Based Restaurants

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Theme based restaurants is the next big thing

India would embrace more of concept based restaurant this year. Foodies will focus on getting access to concept-driven experiences. Theme based restaurants will bring in a better repertoire of international and national cuisine, thereby elevating the tastes and comforts.

6 Food Trends of New Year 2016

The 365 days of a year is a very long span. If you try to look back a year before, you will yourself see life was so different then, from where it stands now.

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A span of a year
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As a human being experience a lot of changes in this span of a year, so thus a community, a party, an organization, a state or an industry.

Alike this, the food industry of India experienced a lot of changes throughout the year of 2015. It’s not any political party or influential individual altered it. It happened due to people like us, who gradually made changes in our gastronomical taste without even getting aware about it.

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Changing food habits of Indians
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Let’s check the culinary changes that hit India in the year of 2015.

Emergence of Mobile Food

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Advent of mobile food
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This year the country witnessed the utmost rise of mobile food services via websites and apps. Food startups flourished to supply hungry tummies even at the middle of the night. The concept of home delivery was accepted by Indians years ago. Now their dependence on mobile food of course shows the fascination for outdoor food and less inclination on home food.

DIY Food

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A typical DIY sandwich stall
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The trust on the hygiene and quality of restaurant food had reached a stake for which many eateries now have open kitchens. Here, you can see your food getting ready and some also allow you to customize the food as per your taste and want. To name one such popular DIY eatery in India is Subway, where you can select your own kind of ingredients to prepare a filling sandwich.

Importance of beverages

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Indians love dessert
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The ending of a food treat or a complete meal with a sweet meat not only offers a sweet tooth but is a culinary satisfaction that hits out buds. If not every day, but on weekends or special occasion don’t you like your lunch or dinner to end with a chilled ice cream or ghee spread sweet?  This acceptance of dessert as an important ingredient in menu thus made the country shower with outlets of Café Coffee Day,Barista,  Buskin Robbins, Kwality Swirls, so on and so forth.

Sustainability is the word

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Sustainable food industry
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This is due to the government initiative of Swaatch Bharat. Public food zones like canteens, hotels or hostels dominate India yet; no initiative or regulation was taken on the food waste it generates. The country produces food wastes equal to what people eat in the UK. So much of it was dumped here and there creating environmental degradation. Now, with emphasis from the Modi government, even these eateries make sure of a sustainable way to decompose the food waste.

Rise in food catering

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A typical Indian buffet spread
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The rise in number of nuclear families has made Indians set apart from near ones. Hence, we now try to fetch opportunities for meet overs and celebrations. When these happen, it’s of course not possible to cook at home for such large number of people. Then we call the nearest food caterer or web search for the best one. Looking at this growing need for food caterers, business houses all ready to serve food in these occasions are coming up at every nook and crevice of the country.

Food Style

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Food style of GenY
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As young Indian parents spend a lot of time in offices, thus they don’t get the scope to cook lovely treats for their kids. Thus children now tend to know more of rolls, burgers, sandwiches and tacos than usual curries and gravies. This led to the growth of fast food chains, pizza outlets and pasta counters throughout India.

5 Ayurveda Spa Centers In India

With passing time, as more spa salons are mushrooming across India, the variety in services and treatments is also at a rise.

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Ayurvedic Spa Treatment
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Some people tend to be excited to try a new kind of spa or massage every time while some find it safer to limit to the traditional Ayurvedic ones.

Now no spa treatment is devoid of Ayurveda products, ingredients and methods. But as modern cosmetics act as rapid catalyst, thus the dependence on Ayurveda is decreasing. It’s in fact hard to find the hand few of places where you are sure to get a genuine Ayurveda retreat.

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Ayurveda Retreats
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But if you are skeptical and believe in these Ayurvedic services, then here are top five choices you have in India, with no doubts and glitches.

Keraleeyam Ayurvedic Resort, Alleppey, Kerala

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Entrance of Keraleeyam
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Located at Alapuzzha(Allepey), this one is an Ayurvedic centre along the backwaters of Kerala where you are sure to be bestowed by the best of masseur(salon expert). The services here promise a lasting relief to your chronic pains, aches or rheumatic pains.

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Abhyangam Treatment
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The popular services of this spa place are ‘Thirummal’ (General body massage), ‘Aavisnanam’ (Medicated Steam Bath) and ‘Abhyangam’ (Applying selected medicated oil by special process on the body). Kerala style heritage cottages and delicious food is available in the premises for your better stay.

Kairali Ayurvedic Health Village, Kerala

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Inside Kariyali Spa
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Kerala is one of the spa hubs of the country and thus when it comes to Ayurveda you also have options to browse through. Kariali Spa of Palakkad is a vast spa business with 20 centres abroad and 25 outlets within the country. This 50 acre spread with 30 exquisite villas for your stay is designed upon Vastu Shastra, the Indian version of feng sui.

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Kariyali Spa
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Other attributes of being here are in house astrologer, amphitheater, swimming pool, tennis courts, library, cyber centre & many other recreation facilities. ‘Panchakarma’ or purgation therapy is the most transformative and appealing service in their jungle set up.

The Leela, Udaipur

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The Leela, Udaipur
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The availability of spa especially in five stars or top notch hotels is not new. Often foreigners opt for it especially to get rejuvenated from their jetlag or tiredness. The same is equipped at the Leela of Udaipur where Ayurvedic resorts available for spa travellers. This in fact stands as an example to the growth of Ayurveda treatment in India.

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Ayurvedic Spa at The Leela
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Group Spa Manager of the Leela, Tricia Bannister, expressed in an interview with TOI, “Our clientele has grown from in-house guests to both in-house and local guests requesting for a wellness experience set amidst the cultural heritage of Rajasthan.”

Ashok Country Resort, Delhi

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A look of the Ashok Country Resort
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A part of an eco-friendly property neat the Delhi airport where their spa salon is named ‘Mimasa’. The must try services at this unique salon are Shirodhara, Kizhi (hot compress with linen bun), Pizhichil (warm oil bath), Abhyangam (full body rejuvenation).

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Sandalwood Wrap Spa
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There are also elaborate skin wraps and scrubs based on ancient Indian skin recipes like the Sandalwood scrub, Sesame and orange body buff, Ancient Indian honey and sandalwood wrap. Apart from spa, therapies, massages, yoga and meditation trainings are also conducted for a thorough rejuvenation of human body.

Devaaya, The Ayurveda and Nature Cure Centre, Goa

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A glimpse of Devaaya Ayurveda Spa Centre
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Along the Mandovi River, this wellness center affirms all its services based on Naturopathy.

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Meditation, a part of Ayurvedic Spa
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Through this focus is laid on yoga, meditation, music, lifestyle correction & diet planning other than usual body treatments. They have packages for respective disorders or ailments that is sure to make you feel energetic towards life.

7 Ideal Places For An Exciting Diwali

Diwali begins at home with family, sweets, crackers and new clothes. Every hindu family participates in the Festival of Lights expecting their lives to remain illuminated all through the year.

In the country, where unity means diversity, the festival of Diwali also has different ways of celebration. While some offer ‘puja’ to Hindu deities Laxmi and Ganesha, some perform Kali Puja, another kind of worshipping. Not only these two, there are more ways in which India observe Diwali.

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Diwali In India
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Being inside your home or just visiting the neighbours can never unveil to you the glamour and size of Diwali in different parts of the country. If you have the scope, simply make it to these places within in the Indian sub continent this time. Your idea, definition and perception of Diwali will definitely fetch a new angle.


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India Gate decorated in Diwali
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The country capital starts preparations for this much awaited festival of the year months before. Shopping new clothes, gifts for near ones and distributing sweets are basics for all Delhi households. They decorate their houses with lamps and lights. At the same time, some burst crackers, prepare delicious delicacies at home and perform ‘pujas’ or ‘yagnas’. Delhi witnesses some of the popular exhibitions like ‘Dilli Haat’ or ‘Epicentre’ only during Diwali. So, if you are going here, make it a long stay.


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Kali Pujo In Kolkata
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The scene of Diwali stands in Kolkata stands completely distant from the rest of India. Here, localites organize Kali Puja and the same is celebrated by some households. Myths and believes say that this particular offering to goddess Kali is not easy to do. Pandits perform rituals all night while worshippers keep participating. Fireworks, light decoration or sweets to come in the Diwali celebration of Kolkata.


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Forts in Jaipur decorated for Diwali
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A visit to the Pink City of India during Diwali is a treat to the human eye. From local markets to households, nook and crevice of the big city is adorned with lights and lamps. Market suppliers bring in different kinds of electrical lights and earthen lamps, fire crackers, handmade handicrafts and colorful costumes for men and women. If in Jaipur on Diwali, have a long walk around the city. If lucky, you may see the local musicians clustering at important joints or clubs to perform dance or drama.


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A scene from Ram Leela, Varanasi
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An epitome hub for Hindu pilgrimage, Varanasi too sets a classy example to the world when it comes to Diwali. While lights, sweets and pujas are very usual in households, the outstanding part is- live drama of the Ramayana is performed in different parts of the city by eminent theater groups. For appeal to the audience, sets are arranged at different locations where you need to move with the troop to keep an eye on the entire performance. This enactment of climax of Ramayana is called ‘Ram Leela’.


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The Illuminated Golden Temple, Amritsar
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While the houses confine to cleaning the entire set up, decking it up, decorating with ‘rangoli’, an art form, flowers, lights and lamps, the attraction here is the Golden Temple. Wrapped with lights, this Sikh pilgrim spot looks magnificent on Diwali. It remains crowded and thus you got to keep ample time in hand. The reflection of the illuminated temple on its surrounding water body is a scene you can only witness once in a year in Punjab.


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Nakarsura in Diwali Celebration of Goa
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You may doubt how a state of parties and clubs celebrates Diwali? Well very few know but this state of seas celebrates Diwali with immense grandeur. Effigy of demon Nakarsura are made by different communities and burned right before the day of Diwali. This symbolizes the demolition of the evil from the society. Diwali has a close association with gambling. Though no other states continue this, Goa does so.  You can visit the top casinos and try your luck this time.


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Children collecting oil at Purushwadi
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A hill top village in the Mumbai Nasik highway where you can head to celebrate Diwali with a uniqueness. Aloof from the humdrums of crackers and music, here families cluster in the local hamlet for a vast bon fire and share barbecue dishes prepared on the same. Children sing traditional folks and ask elders to pour oil in their burning lamps. The chant of the hymns, the harvest of the rice and the simplicity of the villagers makes Diwali very different here.

Best North Indian Cuisine Restaurants In Mumbai – 1

Called the New York of India, Mumbai, is described as the city of dreams by Indians. It’snot that every Indian dreams to be a part of Mumbai in their life time but yes, a major portion of Indian population definitely wishes so. Hence, the current population of the capital of Maharashtra, Mumbai has crossed 100 million.


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Awake and alive after the wake of terrorist attacks and natural calamities, this ‘never say die’ community of citizens are called Mumbaikars. As the different religions, castes and creeds accumulate under the sub genre of being called Mumbaikars, it’s evident that the lifestyles and existence are regularly revolting over renaissance.

Arabian Sea, Mumbai

Arabian Sea, Mumbai
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With assorted sections of the country settling down in the Bollywood film city, the food and beverage aspect is also developing. At the fast pace progress its experiencing the options for availability of ready made food is also going. As Bookyourtable attempts to help you in the selection process from the long list of restaurants and food joints in Mumbai, here we enlist few of them who are raising heads as the den for north Indian cuisine. Take a look:

All Mumbaikars knows this street king among food halts around Gateway of India, though the restaurant underwent a recent makeover and is now a fine dine luxurious encounter. Considered to serve the best of sheekh kababs in the country, the Bademiya family considers their USP is a secret masala i.e blend of many ground spices used over five generations to run the restaurant. The owners ensure good health and nutritious taste to the food as raw materials are bought, butchered, marinated, processed and used in preparations. The legendary restaurant will continue to serve generations with enticing north Indian cuisine. It’s you who need to soon make a drive there to glee your taste buds.

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Entrance of Bademiya
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Chicken Sheek Kabab at Bademiya P.C.: https://goo.gl/j5eXY3

Chicken Sheek Kabab at Bademiya
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Peshwari- ITC Maratha
What new speak about a restaurant delivered by the ITC at the center of Mumbai?
The first impression of the gigantic palace enhances your lust for a rustic dining
experience. The Indian takeover does not restrict to food alone. It spreads over the ambiance, the welcoming ‘namaste’, décor, utensils and a lot more. The signature dish prepared of the palace is Dal Bukhara. The chef confirms that it takes almost 22 hrs for this to get ready as they keep Dal in water overnight before cooking. North India also resides in the dessrts like Gulab Jamun or Ras Malai they serve. When you end up in this marvelous experience, do keep barra kebabs, the sikandari raan and the Daal Makhani in your wishlist.

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Assorted Non-Veg Platter
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Prataps- The Dhaba
This North Indian food hub at Andheri is remembered for its Chura papad, fried garlic, vodka in Panipuri, ajwain roti and tandoori aloo. Wonder is, how they manage such prompt service and out of the world taste though thousands accumulate on a regular basis? The dhaba set up at Pratap is complete rejoice for Punjabis turning Mumbaikars. They live a mini Punjab at the city of Juhu.

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Pratap, The Dhaba
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Thinking about “Momo” ?

Momo is such a dish that can be found in almost every nook and corner of India and also popular in many countries around the world. The exact origin of this food has not been successful as of now but history mentions its dominant existence is many countries. You too, love them, don’t you?

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The word ‘momo’ stems from a Chinese word momo (馍馍) which refers to ‘steamed bread’. How did ‘momo’ originate in Nepal is uncertain but in the present scenario world-wise, momos are a hot favourite! Usually momos pre prepared by making stuffed pockets of rolled dough and then steamed. Often minced lamb or chicken substitute other preferred meats and serve as the main ingredient of the filling. Finely chopped onions, garlic and ginger, some cilantro and cumin powder add to the taste of the filling. The spicy sauce to go along with it is made with schezwan peppers, tomatoes and some other minor ingredients that bring out the taste. These days, there are vegetarian momos as well, made with paneer, cheeses, and vegetables.

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Momos are mostly done in three ways: steamed (which is the most common and prevalent method), fried (which is also well known but not so popular) and boiled (as put in soups).

This dish is a distinct Tibetan delicacy but now has spread all across India and other countries. There have been a lot of experiments with the recipes and a lot of new versions have come into being. Specially the mountaineous regions eat momos which spreads beyond the geographical boundaries and cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai which are far from the realms of the Himalayas also have numerous momo corners!

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If you love momo and wish to try the authentic taste in your city, comb through our website, www.bookyourtable.com , and enjoy the original taste of these dumplings at revered Pan-Asian cuisine restaurants. Call 076767 76767 for reservation.

The Story of Butter Chicken

On the streets of Delhi, there lived a well-fed, nourished hen, that had a mind of its own. Oftentimes, it would venture out on its own to explore. As luck would have it, on one such adventure trips into a wrong ‘gully‘, the hen ended up in the hands of a butcher… The next morning, meat was being prepared to be sent to a nearby Moti Mahal Restaurant in Daryaganj. The butcher packed separately the well-fed hen, now as clean chicken pieces, under the cook’s order for some extra meat required apart from the regular load.

Hen... P.C.: http://goo.gl/wes9pK

P.C.: http://goo.gl/wes9pK

The cook’s mind had been busy all night and he was waiting rather energetically to give his thought a shape, form and identity. He unpacked the isolated parcel in excitement, washed the pieces carefully and rubbed in some marinade… What he did is somewhat similar to the excerpt below:

For marinating chicken:
boneless, skinless chicken breast cut in 1″ – 2″ cubes, lemon juice, cloves of garlic, minced, garam masala, salt
For sauce:
vegetable oil, chopped onion (about 2 medium-large), coarsely chopped garlic, garam masala, paprika, cinnamon, salt to taste, diced no-salt-added diced tomatoes, cashew paste, butter  and chopped cilantro, to garnish

Garam Masala P.C.: http://goo.gl/EyGEAK

Garam Masala
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The cook combined all ingredients in the marinade and let it sit for a while. May be from the next time, he marinated overnight. Then he browned the onions over oil, added garlic, garam masala, red chilli powder (paprika), cinnamon and salt. Just stirring this, the cook began to feel that his experiment will be immensely successful! And meanwhile, he put the marinated chicken to roast in an oven.

When all were frying well on the oil, he added the tomatoes, and cashew paste. After a short while, he added the cooked chicken pieces and covered it to mix in with the sauce. After a gentle simmering for quite some time, he stirred in the butter, added chopped cilantro and put off the fire.

Now he was happy. He had made the perfect dish he wanted to. It was ready to set afoot into the world. Little did he know that it will become one of the most popular recipes of all times! The brave hen also had an innovative commemoration of her life, afterall! The happy cook named it, Butter Chicken!!

Butter Chicken P.C.: http://goo.gl/EvTFgA

Butter Chicken
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To try some delicious versions of Butter Chicken, with Indian breads like butter / garlic naans, visit www.bookyourtable.com and make a reservation in any of the city’s best north indian cuisine restaurants soon!

Indian Cuisines

With diversity in language, geography, ethnicity and climate, the Indian cuisine has also set a variation in the choice of food. This has led to the emergence of various types of cuisines within the geography of Indian sub continent. The popular cuisines of India are- Kashmiri, Punjabi, Gujarati, Goan, Bengali and Andhra.

India P.C.: http://goo.gl/7NawLi

P.C.: http://goo.gl/7NawLi

Through the use of similar spices, vegetables and ingredients India creates a combination of aromatic, captivating fragrances and intriguing flavors leading to multiple gastronomic choices within the range of Indian cuisine.

Indian Thali P.C. : http://goo.gl/iRHYo1

Indian Thali
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The food style of Kashmir in extreme north India is referred to as Wazwaan. Wazwan delicacies include rogan joshdaniwal korma (lamb roasted with yoghurt) and Gushtaba (meatballs cooked in a spicy yoghurt gravy).

Mutton Rogan Josh P.C. : http://goo.gl/a4pWYa

Mutton Rogan Josh
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Kahwa’ or green tea serves the desert to wash down the food.

Kahwa P.C. : http://goo.gl/JHxSzp

P.C. : http://goo.gl/JHxSzp

Tandoor or grill dominates Punjabi cuisine. Ghee, butter, curd and milk are prominent ingredients of Punjabi cooking.The favourites of Punjabis include Butter Chicken, Naan, Paratha, Makki de roti and Sarson ka Saag. ‘Lassi’ serves a popular drink among Punjabis.

Sarson Ka Saag, Makki de Roti P.C. : http://goo.gl/H3aBVR

Sarson Ka Saag, Makki de Roti
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Gujarat is mostly a vegetarian state.  A typical Gujarati Thali consists of RotliDal or Kadhi(a savory curry made of yoghurt)rice, and Shaak/Sabzi .Gujaratis have a variety of breads. The popular ones are Bajra no rotli, Juvar no Rotli, Puran pohli, Makai no Rotli, Phulka Rotli and Phulka.Gujarati food is usually served with sweets. Their popular sweets include Khaman dhokla, Shrikhand and Doodhpak.

Gujarati Dessert - Shrikhand P.C. : http://goo.gl/2NYv1w

Gujarati Dessert – Shrikhand
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The affinity to beach geographically makes Goa to have more of sea food.Of all spices, the use coconut and kokum dominate the taste of Goa. Goan cuisine is considered incomplete without prawns, crabs, shellfish, lobsters, squid and mussels.

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Goanese Prawn
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Coming to east India, the culinary scene of Bengal has rice and fish as the staple food. Fresh water fishes like rohu, katla, hilsa and pabda make this cuisine unique. Bengalis have a love for milk products. Their deserts like sandesh, rasogolla, rashamalai and payesh is prepared out of milk and sweet. Luchi, shukto, aloo posto form delicacies of Bengali food.

Begali Hilsa Fish Curry P.C.: http://goo.gl/2UQs79

Begali Hilsa Fish Curry
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In the extreme south, Andhra style food stands away and unique. Andhra food has dominance in the use of tamarind, coconut oil, red chilies and curry leaves. Rice and sambhar forms the staple food of entire South India. In South India, food is traditionally served on banana leaf. This practice is still continued in case of feasts and celebrations.

South Indian Meal P.C. : http://goo.gl/lGNVRj

South Indian Meal
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Modern Indian food lovers are continuing their experiments with these traditional cuisines to broaden the concept of fusion food within Indian cuisine.

Exploring Bhopal

Bhopal - the City of Lakes P.C.: http://goo.gl/SEFn85

Bhopal – the City of Lakes
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Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, is also a ‘City of Lakes’. It is known for its historical past and the well-knit influx of history and mordernity that can be felt at any nook or corner of the city. Bhopal is a place where the ancient and the contemporary and multiple religious groups co-exist peacefully. There are parts of the city that are the proofs of the rich history of Bhopal while the newer metropolitan developments display a great feat in the fields of commerce and trade. The dedicated efforts to keep Bhopal beautiful with well planned gardens and parks. The natural scenic beauty of Bhopal is quite capturing since it flourishes over seven hills and two fascinating lakes.

Sultan Shah Jahan - Begum of Bhopal who commissioned the Taj-Ul-Masjid P.C.: http://goo.gl/hShKFR

Sultan Shah Jahan – Begum of Bhopal who commissioned the Taj-Ul-Masjid
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Bhopal’s history has a unique turn in it when for four successive generations, 1819-1926, the city was ruled by only Begums (Queens). The city saw much infrastructural chrysalis during this time like improvement of postal system, drainage and sewage systems and railways. The Begums also invested in building artistic monuments that stand with pride even today.

Bhimbetka Caves P.C.: http://goo.gl/J3aOVv

Bhimbetka Caves
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The city has many tourist attractions. The Taj-Ul-Masjid is one of Asia’s largest mosques and is simply amazing in terms of architecture and magnanimity. The lakshmi Narayan temple, built on the Arera Hill, is a beautiful place that deeply resonates peace and tranquility. The Bhimbetka Caves depict the pre-historic, notably Neolithic age of man, through the cave paintings which were made circa 10000B.C. Sanchi Stupa is one of the most common names that you came across in the early chapters of history in school. This place boasts of the remnants of Buddhist culture through monasteries, tombs, temples and pillars. Th Great Stupa, which is said to have been built over the relics of the Buddha was commissioned by Ashoka the Great in the 3rd Century B.C. There are over 30-45 amazing spots you should visit when in Bhopal.

Achari Gosht P.C.: http://goo.gl/ZyR2VZ

Achari Gosht
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It is a well known fact that the most prominent flavours of any city can be best tasted at the street shops and local food centres instead of polished restaurants. But some restaurants do take pride in serving the authentic flavours of the city. The prolonged Muslim rule in Bhopal has blessed the cuisine with an impressive line of spicy meat dishes, curries and kebabs alongside some very tasty vegetarian options. Dishes like Rogan Josh, Biryani, Pulav and Achari Gosht are few of the very popular culinary wonders available. A glass of refreshing sugarcane juice, a seasonal fruit dessert and then a Bhopali Paan is all you’d need to complete your meal!

To make dining more enjoyable and your memory of Bhopal even more enriched, indulge in our services. For reservations in your desired restaurant, please call 076767 76767 or visit www.bookyourtable.com.

The Day of New Year

1862 years ago, in the year 153, the beginning of a new year began to be observed from January 1. Before that, according to the Roman calendar, March 1st marked a new year. This is what the world follows today but regional, traditional and cultural calendars still hold their grounds in many countries.

Welcoming a new year... P.C.: http://goo.gl/bocSDU

Welcoming a new year…
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Modern custom of celebrating the end of one year on December 31st and beginning of another one on January 1st is in lines with the Gregorian calendar and often referred to as the Christian New Year. The Gregorian calendar, named after Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in 1582, also known as the Western calendar and the Christian calendar, is the most widely used civil calendar all over the world.

Chinese New Year - year of the Dragon (2012) P.C.: http://goo.gl/Nt32Nm

Chinese New Year – year of the Dragon (2012)
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There are various traditional New Year days celebrated around the world, in accordance with dates of Chinese calendar, Korean lunar calendar, Nowruz Iranian calendar, Tibetan calendar, Thai calendar and more. But in India alone, even though the official national celebration is according to the Christian calendar and celebrated on January 1st, there are many other cultural new year days that come about in one Christian Year of 365 days! Some major ones are mentioned as follows:

Ugadi P.C.: http://goo.gl/69OpFl

P.C.: http://goo.gl/69OpFl

Ugadi – Kannadiga & Telugu New Year : Ugadi is celebrated in the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh some time in the month of March–April, depending on the Hindu calendar system.

Ugadi Gudi Padwa – Marathi New Year: Gudi Padwa is celebrated on the first day of Chaitra month, depending on the Hindu calendar for all Maharashtrians and Konkanis. On this day a gudi is found hanging out on the right side of the main entrance of the houses which is a bright yellow cloth tied on the head of a long bamboo stick with an inverted and copper pot placed on it along with a garland made of sugar.

Gudhi Padwa Baisakhi – Punjabi New Year: The land of Five rivers, Punjab celebates the biggest harvest festival across the northern states on this day. Usually Baisakhi is on 13-14th April. It is celebrated as the day of the formation of the Sikh Khalsa. The main celebration takes place at the birth place of the Khalsa and at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Baisakhi Puthandu – Tamil New Year: The traditional Tamilian new year starts from either 13 or 14th April, or first day of Tamil month Chithirai. ‘Chitterai Thiruvizha’ is celebrated in the Meenakshi Temple Madurai. The main food of this festival is Mangai Pachadi.

Bohag Bihu – Assamese New Year: The spring festival “Bohag Bihu” celebrated in the middle of April as the beginning of agricultural bloom. The Assamese new year festival called ‘Bihu’ is the most important festival of Assam, celebrated by fun and abundance, faith and belief.

Poela Baisakh Sweets! P.C.: http://goo.gl/Y2yiIm

Poela Baisakh Sweets!
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Poela Boishakh – Bengali New Year: The ‘Nabo Barsho‘ of Bengal is celebrated with great deal of enthusiasm and energy during the mid of April. This is the day of cultural programs, shopping, prayers and also considered as auspicious time for marriages. Poela Boishakh in Tripura is also celebrated on this day.

Bestu Varas – Gujarati New Year: Bestu Varas marks the harvest season in Gujrat and is celebrated with great enthusiasm on the day after Diwali. Marwaris of Rajasthan celebrate Diwali as a new year!

Vishu – Malayalam New Year: Vishu, as observed elsewhere in India, is usually on 13-14th April of the Gregorian calendar, belonging to Kerala. The most important event of the festival is “Vishukkani” which refers to the first object seen in the morning!

Losoong – Sikkimese New Year: Losoong, an ancient festival of Sikkim is celebrated on month of December, that marks the closing of harvest season and beginning of a new year. The traditional Chham dance is one of the major attractions.

Navreh – Kashmiri New Year: Kashmiir celebrates Navreh with great love, sanctity and involvement on the first day of Chaitra Navratri. It is considered a holy ritual.

Sweet - Payasam / Thandai P.C.: http://goo.gl/8jhJOD

Sweet – Payasam / Thandai
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Hijri – Islamic New Year: The Islamic year begins with Muharram. The Islamic New Year or Muharram varies as per lunar calendar and is celebrated in great fervor.

Cheti Chand – Sindhi New Year: Cheti Chand the Sindhi new year is celebrated on the second day of the Chaitra month. It is an auspicious day since it is the festival to honour the birth of “Jhulelal”.

Salmon Yu Sheng - fine dining on New Year's Eve. P.C.: http://goo.gl/U3p97e

Salmon Yu Sheng – fine dining on New Year’s Eve.
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All over the world, the New Year celebrations begin on December 31st and January 1st is a holiday. People spend this time eating and partying, meeting up with family and friends and having a great time. The clock strikes 12 midnight and fire crackers light up the sky, welcoming the following year.

New Year Fireworks!! P.C: http://goo.gl/8KOrzr

New Year Fireworks!!
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This year’s new year is just round the corner… Find the appropriate experience packages, restaurants and places to visit in your city on www.bookyourtable.com and call 076767 76767 for reservations!!

Fine Dining Options in Kanpur

Fine dining is one of the most common modes of celebrating a special occasion among most people. Kanpur, a budding city in Uttar Pradesh also has quite a few fantastic fine dining options for you.

Fine dining refers to those types of complete service restaurants that have specific, dedicated menus or courses for a meal. Even there are styles of plating and presentation for the food before it comes to the table. The atmosphere or ambiance is created and maintained in a special way to add comfort and an essence to your experience.

This BYT blog elaborates on three fine dining restaurants in Kanpur, as follows:

Murgh Afghani P.C.: http://goo.gl/uZo6F1

Murgh Afghani
P.C.: http://goo.gl/uZo6F1

Cawnpore 1857, in The Landmark Hotel on Near Naveen Market, Mall Road, Kanpur, is the one to top the list. The Landmark Hotel is a very efficient and well reputed five star hotel in Kanpur and Cawnpore 1857 is very popular for their North Indian fare and most importantly, they serve from Kanpur’s local palate. This is a pretty costly restaurant but the ambiance is what blows you away and transoprts you to a pre-independence India when the city of Kanpur was actually called Cawnpore. 

Ajwaini Machhi P.C.: http://goo.gl/8EfraH

Ajwaini Machhi
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Mehfil in Phoolbagh ranks second in the list of fine dining restaurants in Kanpur. It serves North Indian, Continental, Italian and Chinese cuisines and is noted for the delicious North Indian dishes it plates out. The staffs are well groomed and the ambiance is classy. The best thing is that the restaurant has maintained its standards all through.

Chelo Kebab Platter P.C.: http://goo.gl/5uZyjG

Chelo Kebab Platter
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Palate Multicuisine Restaurant is a really nice place to visit for a multi-cuisine fine dining experience. The drinks and the food, both have a reputation of being too good. The standard is maintained and it is large group friendly. Palate is actually a good option for getogethers, celebrations and family outings. The food served is fresh and asty. Portions are also quite good for the per plate cost.

For reservations, please call 076767 76767 or log on to www.bookyourtable.com.

Blue Ginger – Taj West End, Bangalore

Blue Ginger Taj West End, Bangalore

Blue Ginger Taj West End, Bangalore

India’s tribute to Vietnamese food spells out the name, Blue Ginger, an in-house specialty restaurant of the Taj West End hotel, in Bangalore. Vietnamese cuisine has so much in it that is quite unknown to most of the world but Blue Ginger packs it all into your plates when you visit and take a look at the menu here and eat one of the most satisfying meals of your life!

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam P.C. - www.huonghaisealifecuise.com

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
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Each Vietnamese dish is unique in its flavour and ingredients and reflects one or more of its ingredients. The tastes are quite delicate and quite different from the usual Thai and Chinese flavours that Indians are mostly used to. However, this cuisine will never cease to surprise you with is delights and Blue Ginger is the perfect place to begin without having set your foot onto the Vietnamese soil. For those who have been to Hanoi, Ho Chi Min, or have toured across Ha Long Bay, Cu Chi tunnels, Hoan Kiem Lake, Nha Trang, Mekong River and other such delightful places, you must have tasted some of their casual food like Fo Ga and Fo Bo or have snacked with a Bahn Mi! Well, Blue Ginger has maestros of this culinary discipline, reproducing the delicacies of this historical country in the heart of Bangalore for you. The whole place is a posh version of a sub-urban Vietnamese village, completed with exclusive mood lighting, colour and life, complimenting the celebration that your presence brings to Blue Ginger’s threshold!

A part of the waterfall and gardens around Blue Ginger... P.C. - www.bangalorerestaurants.com

A part of the waterfall and gardens around Blue Ginger…
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The restaurant is set next to a hyacinth pool, natural stone waterfall and South-East Asian gardens and flourishes under a tiled pavilion that lets you enjoy the setting full on with your meal. It is truly amazing to be able to enjoy Sangrias, Beers, signature cocktails or single malts from the Blue Bar and the unique spread of Vietnamese food, on a sultry afternoon or a breezy evening with your family and friends.

Grilled prawns with lemon grass and chilli

Grilled prawns with lemon grass and chilli

Blue Ginger offers some set meals (apart from a la carte) which are no doubt the best combinations to go with. Some flavours, very particular to Vietnam like ‘Wok tossed Chicken with ginger and cashew nut’, ‘Stir fried greens and sprouts with garlic’, ‘Prawns in lemongrass an chilli lime soup’, ‘Asparagus soup with crab meat, Scallions and cilantro’, ‘Spicy Seafood salad’, ‘Butter garlic calamari’, ‘Wok tossed lobster chunck and cashew nut with crushed pepper’, ‘Fresh rice paper rolls with shrimp and chicken’, ‘Grilled Chicken with Basil and Five Spice’, ‘Wok tossed prawn with shitake mushrooms, dry shrimp and celery’ and the same is also served with tenderloin instead, Vietnamese style sauté tenderloin with garlic and sweet onion, ‘Wok tossed soft noodles with vegetables/seafood/mixed meat’ are all there in the menu, and some ‘Jelly and Fruits with Coconut Cream’ or some ice creams wouldn’t do much harm to your calorie count to end it with! Do not forget to ask after the ‘Chef’s Special’!!

Salad of Grilled Chicken

Salad of Grilled Chicken

Do visit and try the world of exotic Vietnamese specialities made with the expert hands at Blue Ginger, while sitting in one of the most beautiful restaurants in town, with soothing music and sounds of Nature, excellent service and ambience. Call 076767 76767 or visit our website by clicking here to make a reservation. Bookyoutable.com – Your Food Advisor will never let you regret a choice!!