|Chefs display the extensive spread, while a plate of sikandari rann (above) looks yummy on the table at Hotel Capitol Residency in Ranchi. Picture by Hardeep Singh
What: Kebab and biryani food festival
Where: Melange, restaurant of Hotel Capitol Residency, Station Road, Ranchi
When: On till May 4
Munch time: Dinner buffet from 7.30pm to 11pm
If eating out figures in your weekend plans, be sure to drop in at Hotel Capitol Residency, preferably during dinner.
The hotel’s restaurant is hosting a unique food festival that puts the best kebabs and biryanis from across the country on the same table. The 10-day lip-smacking affair, which kicked off from Friday, promises to dish out the most authentic cuisine from snow-clad Kashmir in the north to the coastal state of Kerala in the south, from the Bay of Bengal in the east to Rajasthan in the west.
Special care has been taken to create the right setting — earthen pots, mango leaves and marigold garlands have been used to deck up the dining zone.
Classical and folk tunes will play in the background as one relishes the delicacies planned by executive assistant manager, food and beverage, Asit Kundu and his team of chefs.
Buffet spread: Have your pick from a wide range of the most authentic and succulent kebabs. Malai paneer tikka, rajma galouti, bhutte ki seekh, smoked chicken kebab, tandoori boti kebab, fish amritsari — the choice is endless.
A few dal varieties include dal peshawari, dal khatti meeti along with Indian breads.
The salad section tempts one with sprout salad, dahi kheera, carrot raisin, aloo kabli, lamb with onion and mint, Rajasthani murg chaat, prawn with tomato and onion roundels.
Biryani lovers can try out kashmiri yakhani biryani, Kolkata chicken biryani, Sindhi vegetable biryani, raita and salad
Still want more options. Try Kashmiri murg badami shorba, Mangaluru carrot coconut shorba and meat preparations like lamb gustaba, butter chicken. For vegetarians, Lucknowi kofta curry and Kashmiri aloo dum are a must-taste
Add-ons: Those looking forward to unwind with titbits before moving on to the main course will be delighted to know that there is a live counter too. Mixed chaat and puchka, sikandari raan, dhol puri, ice gola and phulka, pickle and chutney counter and thandi are some of the mouth-watering bites in this section.
Dessert drool: The sweet tooth can relish popular Indian desserts like jarda pulao, Lucknowi shahi tukra, dudh puli, rasgulla, sheer khurma, misti doi and qubani ka meetha.
Pocket pinch: Rs 599 plus taxes per person
“The aim is to always be in the forefront by dishing out the best — be it cuisine, hospitality standard, quality services et al. This festival promises to provide a unique experience to foodies, who will be able to relish kebabs and biryanis of various regions,”
Ravinder Singh, president of Capitol Hotels
“We are organising this festival for the first time. We are using herbs, flavouring agents, pickles, spices and chutneys that have been especially brought from the regions they originate in,”
Asit Kundu, executive assistant manager (food and beverage)