Get on the Madras Express


For all you foodies out there, here is one festival of epicurean delights that you ought not miss at any cost. Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza has set out to bring the most lip smacking delights all the way from South India.

The Garden Terrace, The Happening Café, at Soaltee Crowne Plaza is proud to introduce ‘Madras Express’ by Chef Punswamy from February 17 to 25, and this is one opportunity the town’s food lovers should grab at the earliest. “We usually keep doing exclusive festivals like this in our hotel and try to make sure what we offer is a new experience for all. This time around we are offering something very different from the typical South Indian platter,” expressed the hotel’s marketing manager Sharad Upadhyay.

Usually when people talk of South Indian cuisine, the first thing that comes to mind is idlis, dosas and sambhar, and (perhaps) nothing beyond that. But the fact is South India has some of the widest varieties of delicious gourmet. Chef Punswamy has come all the way from Chennai with some selected cuisines from all across the southern coastal region of India. It doesn’t matter whether you are a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian, this South-Indian platter has an exclusive amalgamation of the best from both the worlds. From the Woriginal Pundo Rasam, Mutton Pepper Fry, Kerala Fish Curry, Chicken 64, to the exclusive Vendakai Karakdumbo, Valakai Velval, Pumpkin Erasary, Avial, Chicken Chhetinadu, Aplum, Kesari Bath, Banana Flan and Payselu, the list just goes on with a separate menu for you each day.

The chef has done his best to maintain the authenticity of all the recipes and the hotel has actually flown in some major spices from South India. “The cuisine of South India is generally not too spicy but has a distinct taste of its own because a lot coconut, pepper and curry leaves are used,” informed Punswamy. Even the décor of the restaurant has been given special attention in order to create the perfect South Indian ambience.

So, if you are one of those who believe this part of India has little to offer in terms of gastronomic delights, you will be proven wrong once you visit and experience this South Indian surprise awaiting you at The Garden Terrace at Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza.

(The festival is on for dinner on all days for Rs 600 plus taxes per person, and Rs 350 plus taxes for children below the age of 10 and for lunch on Saturdays)