For World Tourism Day, Taj Connemara takes you around the world, but with a fun South Indian twist!
South India meets the world: would have been a great toast at this dinner. Think Thayir Wada Cheese Baked Tartelettes and Cajun Spiced Murungaikai Bean Broth!
Inspired by World Tourism Day (September 27) — Head chef Kishore Kumar at the Taj Connemara has curated one of the most unique menus we’ve seen in a while. One that takes us around the world but seamlessly weaves in familiar tastes and textures of South Indian cuisine, albeit in unfamiliar ways.
Take for instance, the Schezwan Chilli Garlic Idiyappam (which also comes with Chilli Garlic Chicken if you prefer). The orange strands of idiyappam tossed with spring onion and red chillies resemble fried rice fresh off a streetside wok — but the texture is soft and delicate and the flavours, bright and tangy. Perfect for a light meal or a quick snack on the go.
Kozhi and comforting
If you’re a fan of comforting bowls of noodle soup — the Kozhi Milagu Khao Suey is delicious. And the chicken pepper fry has deliberately been toned down so as not to overpower the creamy coconut milk broth. Unfortunately, in his hurry, our server forgot to bring all of the add-on elements which come with khao suey including the crispy rice sevai — which is a bit of a letdown.
Spice spice baby
But the grand entrance of Gnocchi Kothu Mari Masala which arrives next has us forget all about it. A garland of spicy minced ragout surrounds the creamy gnocchi on a massive platter that we must admit looks as good as it tastes. And though we aren’t a huge fan of brinjal — Eggless savoury crepes filled with Ennai Kathrikai roast and Bocconcini very nearly change our minds. The Cajun-spiced mini appalams on the side are a revelation — and make us wonder why we haven’t been exploring spice mixes on our appalams — all our lives?
Later, we transition to an 11-spice (Ginger powder, cardamom and black cumin) chocolate with the Chettinad Valrhona Rocks — that packs in a little sweet and a gentle dose of heat. This is also available on the Lady Connemara menu as we recall from our last visit.
September 27 to 29. At The Verandah, Taj Connemara. A la carte menu available for lunch and dinner. Meal for two INR 2,750 plus taxes.
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