Anyone up for a Moroccan tea party?
In morocco, the men make the tea while the ladies sit back and chill. Which is exactly what you want to hear when you’re having a ladies night out, sipping on a steaming hot shot glass of Moroccan tea. Also after a marathon drive from Ambattur to the Park Hyatt Chennai in Velachery — the generous dose of mint infused in this beverage is just what we need to freshen up. Post a lipstick touch up, of course. We’re at The Dining Room for ‘A Taste of the Mediterranean.’ A festival that led by Chef de Cuisine Rathina Kumar L promises classics like Spanakopita (Greek spinach and Feta pie) and Dolmas (rice and lamb stuffed in grape leaves).
If you’re apprehensive about chewing on a leaf, don’t let that stop you with this one. “We brine these leaves for a whole month before they are ready to be served at the table,” says chef Rathina, which explains why they are so tangy and moist, that we’re hooked after the first bite. And end up returning more than once, long after the mains are served. Incidentally, quite a few core ingredients like the grape leaf have been sourced from outside the country. The chef tells us, “Our grape leaves are from Turkey, filo pastry from Australia and Orzo Pasta sourced from Italy.”
Don’t miss the gorgeous Pot Roast Chicken with lemon and olives boot that is as wholesome as it gets and Greek lamb preparation (Kleftiko) that arrives in a bundle of parchment paper. For dessert, we pre-decided that we want to skip the Baklava for the Tiramisu. But then the Churros arrive — deep-fried dough fingers sprinked with cinnamon sugar that we dip in mini sauce bowls of chocolate, berry and caramel. And we fall in love. If heaven had a movie theatre, this is what they’re likely to be serving at every interval.
For dinner only, March 17 to 25 at The Dining Room, Park Hyatt Chennai. Rs 1,600++ taxes per person. Details: 49919965