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Light and nourishing

The Waterside café at Taj Banjara presents the Mongolian grill.

ORIENTAL FARE: The buffet offers fried rice and noodles.

IF YOU are looking for a bowl of crunchy vegetables or succulent meat tossed with sprouts and baby corns for supper, Waterside Café, Taj Banjara should be an ideal destination. For, the place is hosting the Mongolian grill, bringing nourishing cuisine from the desert land--thin slices of meat fried with a dash of oil on an inverted wok, just the way the warrior nomads of the region (remember Chenghis Khan the conqueror?) relished. "The emphasis is on spicy and dry mode of preparation, which is different from the stir-fry or piquant Chinese culinary traditions. The Mongolian grill has been well accepted especially since it is an interactive affair and one can choose the ingredients for their platter," says Chef Siddharth.

And this is how you begin. Pick up a bowl, and choose your vegetables— red, yellow and green capsicum, onions, broccoli and pakchoy— an oriental leafy vegetable. Add shredded cottage cheese and give it to the chef behind the grill with inputs on how you would want your bowl— spicy or bland choosing from five powdered spices — star anise, Sichuan peppercorn, cumin seeds, dry lemon grass and cloves, hot garlic sauce, non-spicy garlic sauce and the Mongolian sauce to suit your taste buds. Finely sliced meat, non-marinated and varied— chicken, lamb, prawn and fish, make a delectable mix with choice of vegetables.

INTERACTIVE GRILL: Make your own combo.

The nutritious vegetables and meat combo can be a meal by itself or a crunchy starter before you hit the main course--the multi-cuisine spread . Thus, after a filling bowl of the Mongolian grill, you can still try out the Vegetable manchow soup, noodles and fried rice with Ginger fish or Cottage cheese spinach and wrap it up with a pick from the hot and cold dessert platter— mousse, pie, caramel, Raj bhog and pudding. The Mongolian platter is priced at Rs. 300 (plus taxes) while the complete buffet (Char grilled vegetable, Pindi chole, Achari macchli, Chaat, bread and Biryani and more) at Rs. 400 (plus taxes).

CRUNCHY PLATTER: A crisp succulent meal.

If you want to go for a light and healthy supper, the former is ideal and if you want to indulge in a hearty multi-cuisine meal, start with the Mongolian grill and continue with the rest of the dinner buffet (7.30 p.m.— 11.30 p.m.). The Mongolian grill can be had till August 24. For details contact Waterside Café at Tel: 55669999, Extn: 1929. Bon appetite.


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