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An experience to cherish

Ohri's Banjara is the new multi-food court complex with speciality restaurants from Baseraa Hotels

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MOST PEOPLE would agree that the folks in town are largely cinema and cuisine freaks. If film buffs delight in the Imax experience, food aficionados have an occasion to rejoice as Ohri's Banjara (8-2-682/3, Road No. 12, Opposite IT Colony, Banjara Hills, Tel: 23302200), another multi-food court complex from Baseraa Hotels, opens in the twin cities, offering its trademark Chole bhature, sundaes and more. "We have started with a casual dining restaurant Havmor and a fine dining Indian restaurant Tadka. Also, for people who love chaat we have introduced the Banjara Chowpatty as part of the multi-food court complex," says Amar Ohri, executive director, Baseraa Hotels.

Havmor is the place for yummy ice creams, rich slushes, coffees, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and the rest from the fast food gamut. You also find the very Malaysian Chicken satay or a Scottish vegetable steak Continental Calcannon on the menu. For children, there is a playpen and an exclusive kids meal comprising Scooby Dooby Doo mini farmhouse pizzas and Secret Seven peanut butter sandwiches. The jet-setting executive can indulge in the Classic Breakfast Selection (7.30 a.m.-10.30 a.m.). Choose from 7 a.m. in Paris — a delectable French breakfast with oven fresh breakfast rolls, toast with butter, cereals and coffee, Breakfast at the Big Apple — a very American morning spread of seasonal fresh food bowl, eggs made to order with sausages, pancakes with melted butter or maple syrup, or the very Indian Aloo paratha, Puri bhaji, masala or egg dosa. Adding to the appetising freshly baked breads and the refreshing aroma of coffee is the tableware — wafer sundae glasses and sheer crockery. The minimalist soundproof vibes here add to the culinary experience.

Ambience also marks Tadka, the Indian speciality on the next floor. A flight of stairs lit by coloured lights and surrounded by computer-controlled dancing fountains leads you there. An elegant theme of meenakari runs through the place, on the walls and on to the tables where it is matched with hammered cutlery. The place also has two private dining rooms replete with drapes and artwork in hushed tones. "We have laid emphasis on the ambience. But the bottom line is the cuisine, for which people eventually would want to come back," says Amar.

Much like its name, Tadka has spicy picks from the Indian cuisine served with some exclusive desi cocktails. Begin with a Tamatar dhania or the very Hyderabadi Yakhni ka shorba, a favourite appetiser. Move on to the kebabs where the Rajasthani lip-smacking preparation Nawabi murg ke shole to a vegan Aloo Nazakat — stuffed potatoes cooked over charcoal — await you. Accompany these with a robust Chak de phatte — a Punjabi blend of rum and sugarcane or Vodka gol guppey. In the main course, try a Gosht dum biryani with Mirchi baigan ka salan and Nalli ka salan with a Rogani naan. Or opt for the in house speciality Dal Ohris with Hari mirch ki tandoori roti. Choose from over 26 seasoning options from the tadka trolley for your dishes. Wrap up with Strawberry phirni bruille or a Moong dal ka halwa. Tadka is open for lunch (11 a.m.-3.30 p.m.) and dinner (7 p.m.-11 p.m.)

For those in between meal times, head to the bistro Banjara Chowpatty. Open between 1 p.m. and 11 p.m., the place offers traditional chaats. Lacha tokris made with potatoes, filled with peas and topped with dahi and tangy chutney is sure manna apart from Pav bhaji, cutlets, Ragda tikki and dhokla. "Most people would like to eat chaat. Here we are offering a hygienic venue. Even for that matter, the pani puris are made with mineral water," says Amar.

Multiple and varied, easy on the purse, options for eating out under one roof, is what Ohri's Banjara offers to the pressed-for-time urban folk. On the cards are the very fine dining Far East and a picturesque lounge bar. For now, the next weekend you know where to go.


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