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New menus at hyatt; oktoberfest at SPE

Looks like winter has set in early at Hyatt Regency. Italian restaurant La Cucina has introduced a special menu for the chilly months, alongside its regular spread.

Italian consul-general Joel Melchiori, who launched the winter menu on Thursday, turned chef for a few hours, whipping up Carbonara de Zucchini — a pasta dish with zucchini and parmesan. Expect it to feature on the new menu alongside soups — Asparagus Soup with Fried Leeks and Saffron, and Chicken Soup with Potato and Spinach — and starters like Fried Potato Gnocchi prepared with nutmeg and parmesan foam and served with zucchini coulis (a thick sauce made from pureed and strained veggies or fruits).

“The winter dishes will make full use of seasonal vegetables and herbs,” said La Cucina chef Maitreya Sen. Keeping that in mind, the Winter Vegetable and Potato Pie packs in veggies like beans, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, snow peas and turnip, while the Tenderloin with Smoked Gorgonzola Sauce has cherry tomatoes and saffron polenta. Even the Slow-cooked Lamb Shanks are flavoured with lemon and thyme and served with saffron-mashed potatoes, beet, turnip and roasted onions.

A meal for two (dinner, 6pm-11pm) from the winter menu would cost about Rs 2,200 (plus taxes).

Eggs and more

At Waterside Cafe, try the cage-free eggs menu for breakfast. Hyatt Regency is promoting Humane Society International’s initiative of cage-free eggs, produced by hens that are not confined in battery cages but are allowed a larger space.

“The difference between cage-free eggs and battery-cage eggs lies in quality. Cage-free eggs have a rich golden yolk instead of the pale yellow of battery-cage eggs. They also have a lower cholesterol content and higher nutritional value,” said executive chef Vikram Ganpule.

Here you get all the classic egg-based dishes — Egg Toast and Eggs Benedict with honey-glazed ham or smoked salmon to Akuri (the popular Parsi version of a scrambled egg with lots of spices and vegetables) served on Hyatt’s in-house multi-grain bread.

The spread will be available October 8 onwards; a meal for two would come for Rs 650 (plus taxes).