“So madam, would you like something vegetarian?”
Three heads vehemently nodded against such an atrocious idea. The very thought! Vegetarian! At a place where the menu boasted of Lamb Chops, Beef and Chicken? The Grill & Chill festival boasts of some interesting vegetarian grilled items though, like the Sweet Chilli Marinated Pineapple, or the Grilled Eggplant Topped with Tahini Yogurt Dressing.
Between the three of us, a bottle of Nine Hills Chenin Blanc was cracked open and poured, with a lovely, light fruity nose, and a semi-dry texture which rather beautifully edged into a berry-laced finish that lingered on my tongue. A bowl of rolls and butter was quickly demolished, the butter melting delicately on the warm bread.
The menu was kept short and simple – there are four options in each segment, and the selection comes with a glass of wine. For couples, the glass of wine becomes a bottle, so it is a good idea to take a partner in crime. M ordered the Chermoula Marinated Fish Steak, and the fish was nice and flaky, mildly sweet and tangy, on a bed of roasted vegetables.
R and I had sanctimoniously decided to split our mains, and while she decided on the lamb chops, I decided on the Dijon Marinated Chicken Escallops with a side of mushroom jus. The chicken was moist, encasing a generous dose of corn stuffing, and served over some roasted vegetables. I was not too fond of the mushroom jus, the chicken drippings a bit too browned by the time it was made, rendering it far more bitter than I would like. I was pretty happy with the roasted vegetables though, spearing the potatoes and fork-mashing them into submission before consuming.
I had high hopes from the lamb chop, which came with a Pepper Jus. Garlic and wine mildly scented the meat, but it was quite well done, as opposed to the medium-rare which I prefer. I liked the jus though – it was simple but effective. The Grill & Chill menu is available till the 17th of this month at The Legacy Lounge at The Lalit Great Eastern, so this weekend is your last chance for a taste. Any vegetarian or non-vegetarian grill plus a glass of wine/beer for a single person is priced at INR 1200/- plus tax, while for couples, you can avail four beers/a glass of wine together with two vegetarian/non-vegetarian grills for 2500/- plus tax.
Disclaimer: Poorna Banerjee was invited to the event by the management.