Saturday, November 24, 2007
yesterday i hosted a business minilunch in the "tiffin" restaurant at "the oberoi" for my guests from japan and the uk.i was to meet them at 1pm but due to the earlier meeting which got extended,i landed up at about 2pm.i had sent sms messages profusely apologising for the delay and had asked them to start with the customary drinks.
i like the "tiffin", one of the three restaurants at the "the oberoi".situated in the upper lobby, it is essentially a coffee shop with lots of space,good ambience and helpful,fast and courteous service.i have been there many times for quick meetings but this one was a longish one.my guests were taking a flight to nagpur,with kanha as their final destination. kanha has a wellknown tiger sanctuary. by the time i arrived,i found them comfortably settled,each one of them with a glass of beer in his hand.i too joined them and we promptly ordered food.while my british guest and his local contact decided to have sushi with salmons,my japanese friend decided to try goan fish curry with nan.for a change,i ordered "smoked aubergine and onion confit risotto,roast tomato coulis and crisp pontiac potatoes"
it didn't take much time for the food to arrive,though mine was the last.a small cylinder of brown rice was placed in the centre of the plate with fried onion strings circling the rissotto and a strip of tomato sauce.i really wondered where the aubergine,tomato and pontiac potatoes were! neither did i ask as i was quietly enjoying the beer and the conversation.i must ask my daughter,a foodie, who probably can enlighten me on this longish named dish but with the smallest portion of rissoto to eat.