The ambience was something out of a fairy tale – star studded night, cool sea breeze and frothy waves falling on the long stretch of beach. Add to this the tempting flavours of kebabs and floating strings of romantic ghazals. This is the first impression you get when you enter Clays, the open-air restaurant of Vihar at Rushikonda. It’s the perfect place to spend the evening while enjoying the delicious spread of kebabs at the ongoing ‘Sham-E-kebab’ food festival here.

When you are settling down to savour the delectable kebabs – traditional cots or ‘charpai’, hanging lanterns, subtle lightings and immaculately dressed waiters, a whiff of aroma tickles your olfactory nerves as the order arrives at the table. The non-vegetarian platter offers traditional delicacies like the jhinga tulasi, fish garlic kebab, khaleji kebab, peshawari kebab, chicken methi tikka, pasinda kebab and akbari kebab.

In the vegetarian section, there are delicacies like moti mushrooms, bharwan capsicum, malai paneer and bhutta seekh kebab. Apart from this, the live counter offers jawar ki roti, kastha roti, romali roti, masala kulcha, pudina paratha and many other traditional varieties. Accompaniments like methi chaman, dal makhani, murgh tikka makhani, chicken dum biryani and raita hold their own forte. And the chef’s special kathi rolls are a must-try delicacy.

‘Dhaba ambience’

“The idea is to recreate the charm of the roadside dhabas as well as give the visitors a memorable experience of savouring sumptuous delicacies while enjoying the breathtaking view of the sea.

The place has got terrific potential and we plan to organise several such events in the coming weeks for Vizagites and tourists,” said Seshagiri Mantri, Director of Vihar.

The food festival is on for dinner from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. till October 25.

More In: Visakhapatnam