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What: Launch of a new tapas menu.

Where: Zara, The Tapas Bar & Restaurant in South City Mall.

On the menu: Here’s some tasty nibble to go with your favourite tipple! Almost 80 per cent of the tapas menu at the restaurant has been revamped, throwing in a variety of meat, seafood and vegetarian tapas to cater to the growing demand from customers.

“A lot of focus has been given to the vegetarian section while creating the new menu to ensure there is enough variety to choose from,” explained Amit Saha, head chef, Zara, Calcutta. So pick from seven veg additions including the Bocconcini Salad, Garbanzo and Spinach Bowl, Grilled Zucchini and Aubergine and Bean Pate.

In the non-veg category, four items — Mini-Ratatouille Egg Bake, Tenderloin and Egg Bake, Tuna and Egg Omelette, Creamed Spinach Egg — have been added to the Egg section “to cater to those who love eggs as well and eggetarians.”

The Spanish spread packs in even more in the meat, chicken and seafood section like Bacon-wrapped Honey Mustard Chicken, Grilled Prawn With Romesco Sauce, Squid With Peppers, Onions and Black Beans, Serrano Ham (traditional Spanish ham) and Chorizo Platter (in picture).

A must-have is the Zara Special Spanish Tango — a subtle yet flavourful dish of sauted fish, prawn, squid, chicken sausage, chorizo, olives, pepper and garlic tossed in white wine.

Pocket pinch: The tapas start at Rs 155 and go up to Rs 455 (plus taxes).

 

What: Fishful Thinking — a seafood festival.

Where: Benjarong at South City Mall (Oriental Cuisines is the parent company that owns both Zara and Benjarong).

When: Till October 14.

On the menu: Savour treats flavoured with Thai ingredients like lemongrass, galangal, bird chilli, kaffir lime leaves and coconut milk mix. The festival menu is made up of some new dishes while keeping a selection of ol’ Benjarong favourites, especially for fish-lovers. There are salads like Yum Poo Nim Tod Mamuang (crispy soft-shelled crab served with raw mango salad), appetisers like Hoy Tod Prik Taion (crispy fried mussels tossed with red chillies and tender peppercorn), and soups like Tom Kati Poo (coconut cream soup with crab meat served in a tender coconut shell). Want more to satiate your seafood craving? The main course has Goong Pahd Gratiem Prik Tai (tiger prawns tossed with garlic and pepper) and Khao Keow Wahn (green curry fried rice with a choice of prawns or other seafood). Burp!

Pocket pinch: A meal for two should cost around Rs 1,500 (plus taxes).