When meals stimulates all of your senses, and never simply your style buds, you’ve got had meal. My current go to to The Spice Route, The Imperial, gave me a way of satiety enhanced with euphoria, which solely an amazing restaurant can provide. The Spice Route guarantees a meals campaign like no different, which begins the second you step contained in the restaurant. The intricate ornamentation of the interiors enamoured me within the first look and it solely piqued the extra I appeared on the beautiful art work adorned by vintage beams in Rosewood and Burma Teak wooden. I may imagine it once I was informed that the restaurant was utterly hand-painted with vegetable and flower dyes by mural painters introduced in particularly from a temple in Guruvayur in Kerala, however what was fairly unbelievable was that it took them seven years to construct it. There is a story behind every illustration, mural and portray which might be nothing in need of an architectural marvel.
The title Spice Route signifies the journey of spices that journey via the Malabar Coast in Kerala via Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Indonesia to Thailand and Vietnam. The restaurant itself is constructed on the idea of a ‘life boat’, delineating the assorted levels of life via its 9 distinctive sections.
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Odyssey Of Life – A Vivid Depiction:
As you step foot within the restaurant, you enter the ‘Knowledge’ part within the nook thronged by 4 sixteenth century pillars from a temple marking a slender entrance into the world. It ensconces the first foundation of age outdated culinary flavours, The subsequent part takes you thru the three levels of life that come after beginning – Artha (materialism) Kama (lust) and Moksha (the last word salvation). As you progress ahead, you come throughout the part of ‘Help and Support’ replete with an vintage ceiling from Kerala. This is adopted by ‘Creativity’ part, after which the ‘Relationship’ part that homes solely two seats – for you and your life accomplice. Needless to say, this part is the right spot for a romantic date.
The ‘Fate and Fortune’ part that comes after brings you to its ‘Wall of Fortune’ – a want wall – if you happen to imagine in luck. The ‘Wealth’ part is embellished with 24 karat gold leafing on the wall and the ceiling, and an actual gold crown of an historical Thai prince. This spot is extraordinarily widespread for business lunches. The eighth part – the ‘Ancestral’ – is devoted to our ancestors and is portrayed via murals with closed eyes, indicating that we’re all the time being taken care of from the past. Interestingly, the murals are the handicraft of a blind artist. The courtyard in the midst of the restaurant is the ‘Food and Health’ part embellished with conventional Thai sculptures from the Chiang Mai area in northern Thailand.
The stunning visible depiction of life, as it’s, moved me to the core and led me to my desk that overwhelmed me with some ambrosial meals imbued with nuances of our primitive traditions and tradition. The gourmand in me beloved the creations by celebrated Chef Veena Arora.
The Culinary Journey:
The artisanal menu on the Spice Route accommodates some culinary gems like Chemeen Thoren (Kerala type prawns, stir-fried with coconut, curry leaves and black tamarind; flavoured with mustard seeds), Tom Yum Kung (the well-known Thai soup with prawns, flavoured with lemon grass, lemon leaves and galangal), Kung Nang Phad Khing (stir-fried lobster with ginger and Thai black mushrooms, served within the shell). The amalgamation of south Indian and Thai cuisines made for a putting platter and labored up my urge for food for extra.
Kaeng Kheow Waan Kai(with pea and cherry aubergines) and Phad Phak (Chef’s particular stir-fried child spinach with black mushrooms, flavoured with soya bean paste. I may sense the depth of flavours in every chew; in fact, a number of thought went into creating the flavour profile of those dishes.
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There are all the time a slew of luxurious eating places promising you time, however only some stay in your coronary heart; The Spice Route is of these for me.
What: The Spice Route
Where: The Imperial, Janpath Lane, Connaught Place, New Delhi
When: 12:00 midday – 10pm
Cost for 2: INR 6,000 (approx.)