Over the centuries, India has been home to many a royal family. From the Guptas to the Mughals, cultural influences from the multiple dynasties that ruled this land continue to present themselves even today. Whether it’s architectural styles or fashion, we look to history for lessons and inspiration.
But if we were to think of the single most important element of Indian culture, it would have to be the food. We’re always asking each other – have you eaten? What did you eat? It is in this spirit that J.Hind at Grand Chennai by GRT decided to team up with royalty to bring their food to Chennai’s foodies.
The Royal Repast
The Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels tied up with the Nawab of Arcot to recreate their age-old recipes in our kitchens. How exactly do the chefs at the hotel know what goes into royal food? The culinary teams spent days in the royal kitchens, watching, learning, tasting.
Then, in true J.Hind style, these recipes were given a contemporary twist with modern cooking techniques used in every course.
“We have drawn inspiration from their culinary expertise, and built upon their recipes. The delicious home-style food has been fused with unique cooking techniques at J.Hind to craft a menu like no other,” says Chef Sheetharam, Corporate Chef, GRT Hotels & Resorts. Launched on the 1st of July, the month long festival will present a 12 course degustation menu.
It starts with a colourful mocktail and an amuse-bouche of spherified rosemilk shots.
It then moves on to a light coconut milk shorba seasoned with Indian spices, live chaat with nitrogen-frozen focaccia bread, and melt-in-your-mouth tender kebabs styled in the prettiest ways. The unusual egg-prawn combination is a winner starter!
The main course offers a range of signature biryanis and gravies along with ulta tawa paratha, sundried tomato roti and wheat paratha.
The desserts include a sinful jackfruit ice cream (frozen right there in front of your eyes and coated with frozen rose petals), deep-fried gulabi, badam peach halwa, and a paan-flavoured shot to finish it off.
The entire experience gives one a glimpse of the nuances of the Nawab’s rich culture, and leaves you wanting more.
“It has been a privilege to work alongside the Prince of Arcot and we’re grateful for the family’s enthusiasm in sharing their culture and cuisine with us,” said Vikram Cotah – COO, GRT Hotels & Resorts. So are we!
The degustation menu will be available for lunch and dinner, and is priced at INR 1450++ (vegetarian) and 1650++ (non-vegetarian). Reservations can be made by calling the hotel on 044 2815 0500.