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Nautanki - The Gastronomical Drama lives up to its name with its molec­u­lar gas­tron­omy and a vi­brant dé­cor. The navy walls and pea­cock feather paint­ings aptly set the scene for os­ten­ta­tion. Din­ers can choose ei­ther a veg­e­tar­ian or non-veg­e­tar­ian set menu and then pre­pare for a nine-course tour de force of culi­nary the­atrics. Go here with time to spare be­cause the ex­pe­ri­ence can last up to three hours as the food is per­formed and not sim­ply plated.

Be­tween the salad and the starter, a chat trol­ley is wheeled to the ta­ble and in­gre­di­ents are as­sem­bled and doused in liq­uid ni­tro­gen to pro­duce a de­li­cious jalebi ragda chaat. Also no­table is the pani-pakodi bub­ble, which though pea sized, bursts with flavour, and the wild

mush­room and truf­fle oil momo which is a so­phis­ti­cated twist on a loved clas­sic.

The drama is for­saken when it comes to the main meal, where co­pi­ous por­tions of cur­ries such as malai kofta and prawn curry, are of­fered as op­tions which fall a bit flat af­ter the spec­ta­cle of the starters. But af­ter a rich caramel coated, melt-in-the-mouth kulfi for dessert, one still leaves sweet mem­o­ries.

MEAL FOR TWO Rs 1,500 AT Old IIM Road DE­TAILS nau­tanki­amd.com

TASTE OF THE ORI­ENT Chef Li Chong of China House pre­pares ex­cit­ing se­lec­tion of Jain takes on Chi­nese dishes

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