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Epicurean experience

Indulge in the lavishness of RV - a rendezvous for fine dining

The inviting interiors are one more reason to indulge. — Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

THE APPETITE does depend a lot on stimulus incited by the ambience. At RV (acronym for Rendezvous), the gourmet's indulgence is enhanced by the setting of the restaurant. Minimalist white interiors with a touch of red here and there, moulded glass panels, snug sofas and an uncommon warmth characterise the new 88-seater restaurant at Celebrity Club's city office complex (Chikoti Gardens, opposite Shopper's Stop).

The extensive choice of food on the menu, and a see-through kitchen that ensures hygiene are the other highpoints of this inviting, high-energy eatery. Flavours of myriad cultures find an expression in the menu - a melange of Mexican, Indonesian, Japanese, Italian, Thai, Continental and desi fare. Like the near-infinite choice of combinations, the measure of food ladled out is just as lavish — perhaps, only an indulgent eater can do justice to the spread.

Items are competitively priced by the norm of a three-star restaurant, where a dal or baingan bharta is up for Rs. 100.

Normally, soups and salads set the tone for the meal, talking about which, the Minestrone Verdi (Italian vegetable broth with macaroni, cheese, tomatoes and sautéed spinach) and Thai fruit and shrimp salad (blanched shrimps, fruits and roasted nuts in a garlic-lemon dressing) must not be missed out for their newness. More `safer' ones for purists also exist.

The main course is a matter of discretion and preference, as possibilities are endless with a menu that exceeds the 250-count. A special mention should, however, be made of the Japanese and Italian line-up, not to forget the desi assortment that samples culinary delights from most of the major regions.

The menu has a separate South Indian section for the habituated eater. Since there is a cap on the section on sweets, white wine should be a suitable sign-off to the epicurean experience.

"The idea is to make RV a one-stop place for fine dining. Availability of a diverse gastronomic range will cater to people with different tastes," says Celebrity Club director (operations), Ravinder Reddy. All that is okay, what about the taste? "The restaurant is where connoisseurs end their quest for the perfect recipe," he beams with confidence. Now this claim needs confirmation. Who else but from you!

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Place: RV, Chikoti Gardens, opposite Shopper's Stop Meal for two: Rs. 500-600 Tel: 55329999 SOUVIK CHOWDHURY

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