The Orchid: If the fragrance of mustard oil and the taste of
freshwater fish is your idea of a perfect meal, then head to the Sonar Bangla food festival. A team of chefs is here from Kolkata to showcase the best of Bengali food for a week. Rohu, rosogolla and rasmalai are on offer along with mochar chop, chingri cutlet, kancha lonka torkari, macher jhol, gobhindo bhoger bhaat and mishti doi.
Dohi maachat The Orchid
Meal for two: Rs 2,200, with taxes. For details, call 022-26164040.
The Peshwa Pavilion: You can mark the beginning of the Punjabi New Year with the Baisakhi festival at ITC Grand Central. Dig
into rara gosht, murgh makhni, maa chole ki dal, aloo gobhi, sarson ka saag and matar paneer.
The Baisakhi feast at The Peshwa Pavilion.
Meal for two: Rs 4,300, all-inclusive. For details, call 022-28303030.
Nawab Saheb: If Afghani cuisine is a mystery to you, Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai is demystifying the flavours of the region with a special food festival that will have vegetarian, meat and seafood delicacies from Afghanistan. From 18 April, you can try the qoorma nadru, onion-based curry with yogurt, lotus stem and cilantro, or narenj palao, a rice dish made with saffron, orange peel, pistachio, almond and chicken. Meal for two: Rs 3,000 onwards. For details, call 022-66927558.
Red Zen: Till 15 April Courtyard by Marriott, Mumbai International Airport, invites you to celebrate Thai New Year with kai haw baitoey or marinated chicken wrapped in pandanus leaves, and yum neua, or marinated grilled beef with chilli lime dressing. Vegetarians can feast on taohoo phad bai kra-praow or crisp fried bean curd with spicy hot basil sauce, or khao phad sub-pa-rod, pineapple fried rice with cashew nuts.
Meal for two: Rs 1,500 onwards. For details, call 022-61369999.
Mesa Bistro: Kamasutra has been a source of inspiration for many. This time it has inspired the chefs of Svenska Hotel to create a special aphrodisiac menu called Khanasutra. Start with a fragrant sandalwood-smoked tomato and ginger shorba, Goan spiced green lip mussels with chilli and palm vinegar, mushrooms simmered with oven roasted lotus seeds, and end with chocolate lava cake with pinenut brittle ice cream.
Meal for two: Rs 1,500 onwards. For details, call 022-44310000.