Since it is summer here in Chennai, Park Hyatt has taken the
initiative to host a festival exclusively for this season and around World
Health day [ Apr 7th]. A season where people want to eat less and keep drinking
liquids, a season where we are so drained out that the thought of cooking or
eating heavy food makes us roll our eyes and vanish :D. 

While The Dining Room offers healthy salads menu for lunch &
dinner, The Flying Elephant offers it for dinner only. 
If you were to look up the world Salad in a dictionary, it
says “a cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked vegetables, usually
seasoned with oil, vinegar, or other dressing and sometimes accompanied by
meat, fish, or other ingredients” 
Doesn’t sound very appealing right? Well, I for one am a big fan
of salads, both warm and cold, raw and semi cooked, so it was
an event I looked forward to and unlike many who went “whaaaaaat..
salads… how boring…blech” 

These salads are the brainchild of Chef Megha, who has played around with flavours and purees [ both fruits & vegetables]. To wash them down, there were 5 Healthy drinks as well on the menu. All in all, a good meal indeed by the sound of it.

When the 1st salad landed on our table, we were pleasantly surprised. Why? Unlike traditional methods, this was served in a  beautiful clay plate and the salad looked visually appealing.  Wait, there is one more aspect I need to share with you. Each salad has been put together based on 5 different processes- Tossed,
Blanched, Grilled, Mashed and Roasted. 

While we waited for the salads to arrive, a bowl with a freshly baked small loaf of bread arrived. It had a strong hint of rosemary flavour and was really soft on the inside with a sharp crust.  The one thing that I loved was the used of micro greens [something I have seen only on TV cookery shows]

Tossed:  quinoa, avocado, cherry tomatoes, parsley, mint, pumpkin seeds, sunflower cress

Roasted: baby beets, fennel, apple, celery, walnut, orange, arugula, goat cheese

 Smashed: edamame, broccoli, garlic lemon ricotta, pumpernickel toast

Blanched: asparagus, mango, snow peas, shaved carrot, scallions, toasted hazelnut

Grilled: eggplant, chickpeas, dates, honey, chilli, feta, pomegranate, pine nut and fresh herbs

And if you thought the salads were all veg, the non veg options were served on the side- Seared Tuna, Smoked Salmon & Roasted Chicken breast.

Energiser : Apple, kiwi, lime, spinach, celery, honey

Energiser : Apple, kiwi, lime, spinach, celery, honey

Watermelon Smoothie : watermelon, yoghurt, honey

Bello : Banana, spinach, coconut, cashew, coconut cream

I seem to be missing a photograph.. 🙁 The final drink that we tasted was Skin Tonic : Romaine lettuce, cilantro, lime, pineapple.. 

Prices – INR 450+ Taxes per salad 
Park Hyatt
39, Velachery Road, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600032
044 7177 1234

Disclaimer: The reviews posted on this blog are based on my personal experience. Also remember these were just my views!! Remember, no two palates are the same. Bon Appétit 🙂

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