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PUJA FOOD

Krazy for chocolates

Where: 6 Hungerford Street

When: Till October 23, 9am to 9pm

On the menu: The Navratri special brings you chocolates moulded as dandiya sticks, tabla and other musical instruments. The choco stop has even come up with a 3ft Durga idol made of chocolates and cake. There are gift boxes of chocolates too.

Pocket pinch: Rs 50-plus for a moulded chocolate piece, Rs 400 for a box.

AFRAA

Where: City Centre, Salt Lake

When: October 21-24; 12.30pm to 4pm for lunch,7pm to 11.30pm for dinner

On the menu: There are different buffets on each Puja day. If the Saptami top picks include Dal Palak Tarka Style and Mutton Kosha, Ashtami must-haves are Posto and Daler Borar Jhal and Dhonepata Grilled Chicken with BBQ dressing. On Navami, try the Arabian Grilled Vegetables in Malai Gravy and Thai Steamed Bekti Wrapped in Banana Leaves. On Dashami, dig into Cauliflower in Green Manchurian Sauce, and Grilled Ilish with Mustard Aioli and Gondhoraj Lemon.

Pocket pinch: The buffet comes at Rs 800 for lunch and Rs 950 for dinner per person. Taxes extra.

Benjarong

Where: South City Mall

When: Till October 24; noon to 3.30pm and 7pm to 11pm

On the menu: Foodies who swear by Thai have a lip-smacking festive buffet to look forward to, complete with a welcome drink, a spread of starters, soups, main course dishes and desserts. You can dine a la carte as well. The top picks include Gai Path Bai Horappa (minced chicken in hot basil sauce), Poo Path Cha (crabmeat in red curry paste) and Pla Hor Baitaey (marinated sear fish wrapped in pandanus leaf and deep-fried).

Pocket pinch: The buffet is priced at Rs 675. A meal for two would cost Rs 1,400. Taxes extra.

SOHO

Where: 11/1 Sarat Bose Road, ground floor, Ideal Plaza

When: Till October 26, 11.30am to 11.30pm

On the menu: A food festival titled Go Around The World In 8 Days serves up dishes from around the globe. Start your meal with a Mushroom Cappuccino from Italy, snack on Quesadillas from Mexico and move on to the main course with Moroccan speciality Charmoulla Baked Vegetables or Chicken Souvlakia from Greece. There’s more from the US, Turkey, Lebanon, France, Italy, Switzerland, the UK, Japan and Thailand… maybe they should have named this one ‘around the world in 80 plates’!

Pocket pinch: A meal for two would cost about Rs 1,500 (taxes extra).