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Sizzling fare

Check out grills and sizzlers at the Fair Weather restaurant

A SLIGHT nip in the air especially on a chilly night is probably the ideal time to dig into some piping hot food, taken straight from the grill and served on sizzling hot plates. Also, chunks of vegetables or meat when grilled over charcoal beds are relatively high on the flavour and nutrition count when compared to the masaledar gravies.

"Lots of people in the twin cities are taking to sizzlers and grilled food. The platter is very light and healthy, and it is served piping hot the way we like our food to be. Also, apart from the traditional Continental sizzlers that are served with broccoli, Brussels sprouts and other English vegetables, you have exotic sizzlers from different parts of the globe such as the Japanese Teriyaki skewers, Thai steak or a Tex-Mex fajitas platter which we have introduced for the weekend Grills & Sizzlers menu at Fair Weather," says Ravi Krishnan, general manager, Hotel Viceroy.

Towards weekends (Friday-Sunday, 7.30 p.m. onwards) Fair Weather, the poolside restaurant wears a warm look. A live counter with skewered vegetables and grills in one corner is an appetising sight. A smouldering `angeethi' offers the required warmth in the open-air eatery. Every sizzler order is a meal deal. A continental sizzler comes with a loaf of garlic bread while roti and dal are also served with options from the Indian grill. Also, a soup and dessert of the day, such as vegetable or chicken clear soup, and soufflé and pies, are on the house. Chefs Srinath and Divakar recommend Bukni kabab— chicken legs marinated in malt vinegar, chopped chillies, crushed pepper and grilled in a clay oven and Char grilled lamb chops served with garlic flavoured mashed potatoes and duo of sauces. Prawn brochettes sizzler is yet another mildly spiced nutritious platter. Tandoori gobi and Aloo mirch kabab roasted in clay oven are flavoursome vegan sizzler options. Easy on the pocket, the vegetarian and non-vegetarian sizzlers are priced at Rs. 165 and Rs. 185 onwards. For reservations contact 27538383.

Premium affair

THE COCOA bean is perhaps one of the greatest discoveries of our times. Rich in flavinoids and good for the heart, the chocolate, for these very qualities, has come a long way from a feel good drink `hot chocolate' to the current éclairs, bars and liquor chocolates. In the twin cities as well, of late one finds many takers for premium soft centred chocolates. One such brand is Sai Sikhara Foods' Times Chocolate that has been in the market since 1998 with noted greeting card stores and has opened its exclusive outlet, the Chocolate Hut.

The cosy outlet at Snow World houses an assortment of chocolates, filled with crunchy almonds, orange rinds, premium coffee and raisins and in varied shapes - peacock, cars, hearts, seashells and more. The edible chocolate figurines such as champagne bottle, teddy bear, dolphins and bunnies are ideal for gifting.

"Some of our popular chocolates are Praline, Raisin Crush, Marzipan and Crispy Caramel. These are 100 per cent vegetarian. Unlike the homemade chocolates, we make the chocolates wholly starting with procuring the fresh cocoa beans from Mysore, Eluru and few regions of Kerala. We use natural products in making them such as fresh and dried fruits," says Lakshmi of Chocolate Hut.

The chocolates are priced at Rs. 5 per piece to Rs. 500 per kilo. Gift boxes containing assorted chocolate are priced between Rs. 80 (120 gms) and Rs. 150 (240 gms). The birthday packs for tiny tots in colourful wrappers seem tempting. The outlet also offers chocolate-based desserts such as doughnuts and would be introducing hot chocolate and milk shake shortly as also the dial-a-chocolate service. "We do take orders for weddings and birthday parties. Also we are talking to corporate houses to offer birthday greetings services by delivering the employers a box of chocolate on behalf of the company on their birthdays, a gesture that would enhance the employer-staff relationship," says Lakshmi.

You can reach Chocolate Hut, Snow World, Lower Tank Bund on Tel: 55761918, to pick up a box for the approaching Valentine's Day.


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