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For a 'corny' experience

`Apna' Hyderabad is fast changing with a lot of us trying to experiment with new dishes and cuisines. Check out the `Corn Club' at Ameerpet for delightfully appetising, yet low-fat snacks at unbeatable prices.

Photos: Satish H

CORN-CEPT: The colours reflect the theme.

ENTER CORN Club, a new `corn-cept' in town. The newly opened restaurant (Opp. Mitri hospital, Ameerpet) is a cornucopia of corn-food. Offering scrumptious snacks, all made from choicest seeds of imported American sweet corn, Corn Club (Tel: 55369900) is the only place in the city of its kind.

"Corn Clubs are there in Pune, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nasik and a few other places in the North," confirms the Hyderabad franchisee of Corn Club, Nagveer. "I went to Pune looking for a job, after completing my M.C.A., where a friend introduced me to Corn Club. On my first visit to the store itself, I had decided what I should be doing," recounts the 20-something youngster, expressing that he wanted to extend his gastronomic experiences to his "local brethren", for which he suspended his job-hunt to set up South India's first ever Corn Club.

A CORNUCOPIA: A variety of choice.

Tastefully decorated in the hues of corn — bright yellow and light green, the restaurant, opened in March, is doing brisk business now. What usually begins as an experiment to try out something unconventional soon translates into an irresistible obsession, and before long, even before one realises, it becomes a habit and one becomes a regular at Corn Club.

Why not? Firstly, the food is almost fat free (only 2 per cent fat content) and so is extremely healthy. Only corn oil (0 per cent cholesterol) is used exclusively for frying, which makes the fare light and healthy. Prices are unbelievably affordable and there's a great variety to choose from.

"Above all, as most of the stuff is prepared by electronic cooking, the hygiene is remarkable," remarks the owner.

SCRUMPTUOUS SNACKS: The main ingredient is American sweet corn.

From corn Samosas (Rs. 12 for two pieces) to corn Frankies, burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, patties', Nachos, and even corn Bhel and Biryani, the "pure-veg" menu offers a wide assortment of corn delights.

Corn Club is a licensed trademark of Monsoon Agro Bio Ltd. "Most of the corn used here is imported from the U.S.," says Nagveer as he adds, "One can find a difference in taste between any Indian variety and the corn we use at our restaurant."

"My staff has been trained at Corn Club, Pune, so that the consistency in recipe and taste is maintained all throughout," he continues. On his plans of expansion, Nagveer says emphatically, "Entire South." Secunderabad is his immediate destination. So, are all you Secunderabadis out there geared up to welcome the new taste of the city?


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