Luxe Liv­ing

AN EX­TRAV­A­GANT STAY­CA­TION, AN IN­DUL­GENT SPA SES­SION OR A JEWELLERY PIECE WORTH PASS­ING ON AS AN HEIR­LOOM, IT TAKES A TOUCH OF OP­U­LENCE TO ADD SPICE TO ONE'S EV­ERY­DAY LIFE. HERE'S A LIST OF THE BEST OF OLD AND NEW LUX­URY BUYS AND EX­PE­RI­ENCES IN THE CITY.

India Today - - INSIDE - by mo­hini mehro­tra, re­wati rau and ak­shita khosla

A cu­rated list of the best of old and new lux­ury buys and ex­pe­ri­ences in the city.

Fine Flavours AMARANTA

There's a cer­tain rhythm that un­der­lines in­ter­est­ing sto­ry­telling with each dish in the tast­ing menu at Amaranta, the mod­ern In­dian restau­rant at The Oberoi, Gur­gaon. Ex­pect to be wowed by sim­ple dishes that have been rein­vented and brought back to the ta­ble with cre­ativ­ity and flair. The kan­ji­varam ba­jra pani­yaram with berry, le­mon and mint kanji soda, nar­gisi duck cut­let and quail eggs and rizala gravy are clas­sic ex­am­ples of tech­niques the chef has mas­tered. "The menu is brim­ming with mod­ern ideas such as de­hy­dra­tion, sous­vide and fer­men­ta­tion but the flavours are eas­ily iden­ti­fi­able and not lost in tran­si­tion," says Tejas Sovani, ex­ec­u­tive sous chef. Sig­na­ture Dishes 63 deg poached egg, Seafood moilee and Wilder­ness with con­fit of king mush­rooms.

At The Oberoi, 443, Phase 5, Udyog Vihar, Gur­gaon Meal for two Rs 5,500 plus taxes

Mod­ern Twist IN­DIAN AC­CENT

Chef Man­ish Mehro­tra’s fine­din­ing restau­rant, In­dian Ac­cent, is a play­ful nos­tal­gia of tra­di­tional home-cooked dishes reimag­ined with non tra­di­tional in­gre­di­ents.

The place de­fines fu­sion and in­no­va­tion. What else will you call pick­led pork ribs glazed with mango chut­ney or tofu medu vadai that comes with kaf­fir lime gun pow­der and a dab of onion chut­ney. To do jus­tice to the cre­ative depth of the restau­rant, stick to the chef’s tast­ing menu. Lux­u­ri­ate in the flavour of the tan­doori ba­con prawn served with a wasabi malai cream or the chet­ti­nad chicken keema with curry leaf se­viyan. Eight years down the line and In­dian Ac­cent’s kitchen is still cre­at­ing some im­pres­sive food sto­ries.

Our Tip Leave room for dessert, in par­tic­u­lar the warm doda burfi trea­cle tart with home­made vanilla bean ice cream that’ll make your heart skip a beat.

At The Manor, 77, Friends Colony Tel 9871117968

Meal for two Rs 6,500 on­wards

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