You have to taste a culture to understand it ~ Deborah Cater.” When you bring together two of my favourite elements, it is bound to be filled with excitement.  What two aspects am I talking about – Travel & food.. 

ITC Grand Chola is celebrating World Tourism day with a host of activities such as Art walk, talks and of course through food as well. The bottomline being Responsible Luxury meets Sustainable Tourism right here! 

At Madras Pavilion, as part of the buffet you will find a few new Live stations that will tingle your taste buds leaving you happy and confused and ecstatic as well..  I got a sneak preview of the same…  Here is what you can expect – 

Thakkali Rasam Ramen – Yes, you read it right. It was delicious flavour packed rasam served on top of Semiya with nori strips, blanched cherry tomatoes, spring onion, fried garlic.. What a twist right?! The flavours blended well and the spice in the rasam had the perfect kick..  

    Idli Arrabbiata – Talk about going berserk in the name of fusion right? But know what, this fusion worked well. Idli was soaked right with the sauce and it had shaved parmesan on top and rocket leaves as well. For someone who isnt a big fan of idli, I was in love.. On the side we have the milagai podi blended with some cheese powder.. 

 Raw Mango Som Tam with chickpea sundal in vietnamese rice wrap – My head took some time to wrap itself around this dish. Cos what I saw was a vietnamese veg wrap, but then there was mustard seeds on the plate.. With a bit of apprehension I popped one in my mouth and wowwie, I was in love. It was fabulous. inspired by the sundal at Marina beach, there was sundal inside this, and it substituted the peanut that you find normally in Thai/Vietnamese food.. 

 Nacho Parota – Served in a beautiful cast iron pan, it arrived in style and looked at me as if to say “Cmon, give me a shot wont you?”… I picked up a crisp parota and lopped it with potato masala, onions/tomato salsa, dipping into the sauce at the bottom and that is how the party started in my mouth. The pan was wiped clean in minutes, and I saw others had done the same thing.

Mushroom pepper momos- While I love mushrooms and momos, this one was a bit of let down. Did not excite me as much as the other dishes did.. It is served with a delicious tangy sauce that had soya sauce, coriander and chilli hit 

 Filter Kaapi Tiramisu -Served in a Kaapi vattai tumbler [ tradiitonal south indian cutlery for coffee], this was deliciious in every spoonful. Filter Kaapi flovour – good [this was in the place of Kahlua], cream- good, sponge cake/lady finger biscuits- good, what more can I say!! 😀 

Well, if you too wanna enjoy these dishes, head over to Madras Pavilion on 27th Sep [Wed] and celebrate World Tourism Day in style!! #WTD2017 #responsibleluxury #ITCHotels 

ITC Grand Chola 
#63, Mount Road, 
Guindy, Chennai
Ph- 044 2220 0000

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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