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Paean to mango on fest platter

The king of fruits is casting a lip-smacking spell at The Sonnet, an upscale hospitality hub in Bistupur, Jamshedpur.

Mango, probably the only treat of an otherwise tortuous summer, is wooing crowds at a 20-day long festival, aptly titled The King is Back. The festival, which started on June 10 and will wind up by the end of this month, has a lot more than juices and shakes to offer.

The luscious yellow fruit is getting inventive makeovers in the form of desserts, cocktails and mocktails.

“We did not hold this festival when summer was at its peak because that is the time when people buy the fruit from the market. Now is the right time. Summer is about to end and we wanted to give some mango preparations to remember,” said chef Sanjay.

He added that the festival, which primarily aims to showcase different tastes of the fruit, has 10 varieties of desserts and eight cocktails and mocktails on offer.

Mango variants used to whip up the delicacies are langra and bengunfuli.

And the taste is global. Try mango and blueberry panna cotta — an Italian dessert made with cream, milk and sugar flavoured with mango and blueberry — or mille-feuille, a French pastry made with puff and fresh creamy mango.

Honey mango pie, cardamom and mango cheese cake, mango and litchi terrine are other international tastes. And of course, for that special home-made feeling, there is the very Indian mango kulfi. The pocket pinch for any dessert will be Rs 225.

In cocktails, there are mango martini, mango madorita, frozen mango margarita, reggae sun splash and more, all priced at Rs 400. The mocktails — summer cooler, mango delight, mango julep and mango ginger fizz — come for Rs 350 each.

Apart from the exotic mango festival, The Sonnet is also organising a Southeast Asian food festival, which will bring various Vietnamese, Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine at its restaurant Equinox.

“Jamshedpur as a city has been witnessing a steady inflow of foreign tourists. The demand for global cuisine is high, which is why we decided to hold a Southeast Asian food festival to pamper the taste buds of foreign and city guests,” said Anup Kumar, an official of The Sonnet.

The menu comprises Vietnamese noodle soup, red curry coconut noodle soup and tempura udon soup. Foodies can then dig into coconut butter chicken curry (boneless chicken cooked in coconut butter sauce) or spicy meatball in Panang (or Penang) curry, a fiery Thai dish, for the main course, all of which are available between Rs 100 and Rs 450.

The Sonnet will also start a pizza festival, Pizza House, from Saturday.

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