On August 14, 1947, the entire country waited for the stroke of the midnight hour.. It was sweet moment as it meant India was now free… And at that very moment, the elite across the city of Mumbai had come together at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel’s grand ballroom for the celebratory Indo-French feast. The hotel is renowned for its architecture and grandeur. Infact, what is even more fascinating is its role in the country’s freedom struggle. Established away back n 1903 by Jamshetji Tata, the Taj Mahal Palace has an illustrious history that interestingly predates the construction of the Gateway of India.
Another piece of history I came upon is that Sarojini Naidu stayed for long periods of time at the Taj was not charged given her role in the freedom struggle. And it was right here at the Taj that Viceroy Lord Louis Mountbatten bid India adieu while standing on the front steps making his farewell speech.
[Photo: Taj Mahal archives]]
As the country gears up to celebrate 70 years of Independence, Taj has dug deep into their archives pulling out all stops to recreate the dishes served on the very day at the Taj Mahal Palace to the elite audience. Yes, they have made minor changes, given that times have changed and food scene along with it. But it is such an honour to enjoy the food that was said to have been whipped up by the finest French chef along with their Goan- Bengali counterparts… The portion sizes are fairly large, considering people back then had quite a healthy appetite.. 🙂
What is served at the meal…
Veloute d’Amandes – Cream of almond soup
Kebab platter- Paneer, Broccoli and hará bar a palak kebab
Vegetable Fricassee with herb pilau
Vacherin de Peches liberation
The menu will be served between August 12 – 15 across Taj properties -Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai; Taj Palace, New Delhi; Taj Coromandel, Chennai; Taj Bengal, Kolkata; Taj West End, Bangalore; Taj Krishna, Hyderabad, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad and St. James Court, A Taj hotel, London.
Meal for one will be priced at INR 1947 plus taxes
The reviews posted on this blog are based on my personal experience. Also remember that restaurants and eat outs sometimes change with time, so does their food and service. So, kindly consider these factors while visiting the places. Remember, no two palates are the same. Bon Appétit 🙂