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CULINARY HERITAGE At Tiger Trail one gets to savour dishes exclusively cooked by guides for the angrezi babus during tiger hunts
CULINARY HERITAGE At Tiger Trail one gets to savour dishes exclusively cooked by guides for the angrezi babus during tiger hunts

Tiger Trail promises to unravel the culinary delights that often follow the pugs of the magnificent predator

Do you want to follow the pugmarks of a Royal Bengal Tiger? Do you want to get a taste of what it takes to track a supreme predator through dense jungle? Then you can try some Corbett se aloo. Wondering what I'm talking about? It's the menu at the Royal Orchid group's restaurant, Tiger Trail. The cuisine at the Tiger Trail takes one on a journey from the swamps of the Sunderbans to the crumbling ramparts of Ranthambore and even to China and Thailand, even though not many tigers are found there now. One also gets to savour some dishes that were exclusively cooked by guides for the angrezi babus during tiger hunts.The journey begins with some exotic starters, as soups are only available in the Chinese component of the menu. There is the chandi ka tikka, a Dhudwa favourite, that is boneless chicken marinated with fresh curd, cheese and cream, and grilled with spices and silver leaves. The tandoori jhinga, saffron-infused prawns marinated in yoghurt and grilled, is another to try. For the vegetarians, there is dudhiya seekh, cottage cheese marinated in spices and yoghurt and grilled; an absolutely delicious bharwan tandoor aloo, Punjabi baby potatoes stuffed with vegetables and grilled. You must also try the tawa murgh and of course the Corbett se aloo which is a very simple preparation consisting of baby potatoes tossed with cumin seeds, peanuts and sesame seeds.The meats are the ones that catch the eye in the curries. There is the succulent pudina gosht (tender lamb cooked with fresh mint and spices on a slow flame), shahjahani murgh kali mirch (tender chicken cooked in cashew gravy with pepper) and chingri macher malai kari (Bengali prawn curry from the Sunderbans). The greens can try paneer dumpling makhani or baby corn jalfrezi (green pepper and baby corn in tomato gravy). The rice includes chicken or mutton biryani served in clay pots or fresh lemongrass flavoured pulao. The breads include the naans, paranthas, rotis and kulchas but if you are going as part of a group try the tiger naan, which is definitely king size. It is the tandoor version of the famous family dosa. The massive naan will comfortably serve a group of six as it is conveniently cut to make a breadbasket. The Chinese and Thai selection is very small. You get a few soups and curries that include chicken with pineapple and pepper and king choke fish (shredded fish cooked with sweet bean sauce and shredded onions). For the main course there is chicken, egg or vegetable fried rice and Thai flat noodles.The restaurant claims that its rasmalai is special. It uses hints of saffron and pistachio for flavouring. The other desserts include gulab jamun, phirni, kulfi and a variety of ice-creams. The interiors of the restaurant have been done up to try recreating the classic tiger hunt and the cutlery has smart subtle tiger stripes. And alcohol is served.Tiger Trail is at Royal Orchid Harsha, 11, Park Road, Shivajinagar. Ph: 22865566Ambience: Comfortable with good seating and lightsService: GoodSpecialities: Chandi ka tikka, Corbett se aloo, chingri macher malai kari and rasmalaiWallet factor: On the higher side

ANAND SANKAR

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