Like a deep-blue wave from the Mediterranean Sea, the Mediterranean food fest at the Dining room swept Chennai with a promise of fresh, focused flavors and dishes that combine the exotic and the familiar.
Mediterranean cuisine is majorly plant-based. The majority of the foods in a Mediterranean diet come from plants- whole grains, fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, beans, nuts, seeds, and olive oil are all foods that are included every day.
The culinary inspiration? The region spans across a wide variety of cultures with distinct cuisines, in particular-Maghrebi, Levantine, Ottoman (Turkish), Greek, Italian, Provençal (French), Moroccan and a lot more.. The result is a menu that’s as fresh and healthy as it is seductive.
Food festivals are what I live for.. A chance to try out something new in your regular favorite spots. The Dining Room at The Park Hyatt is currently showcasing treats from the Mediterranean region. And a feast is what it is..
I would describe the ambience of this restaurant as cosy, brilliantly lit with tables of oak wood – Georgian era influence, whilst still achieving a contemporary and sophisticated look – romantic even, if you include a touch of red in the decor.
The carved wooden doors, the huge framed art work made of colorful silk spools, the ceramic jars, knick knacks all adds a classy touch to the place.
A wooden tea cart filled with kettles, tea pouches and tea glasses stands beautifully in a corner. Miniature flags from different regions were placed on tables to go with the theme of the festival.
We Began our dinner journey with some sweetened Moroccan tea. Served along with mint leaves And beautifully in silver tea kettle and colorful tea glasses, it was an instant hit. It was mildly flavored and awesome.
Salad counter : Right from khuskus to corn kernels, the counter was filled to the brim with fresh ingredients. They also had something called “mezze of the day” which included pita bread along with well garnished bowls of Baba ganouch and hummus.
Omani bread : Hot from oven, fresh, soft and stuffed in the middle with olives, feta, pesto, dried tomatoes and drizzled on top with sea salt and olive oil. It was plain wow. Origin : Muscat.
Zucchini & Mint Fritters : Deep-fried!! Two words that I can’t resists. Bread crumbed and fried to perfection, these were crispy and soul soothing.
Malpfatti : Dumplings made with Spinach, parmesan and ricotta cheese and served along with a thick sauce made with tomatoes and Bell peppers. Yumm!! Origin : Italy.
Balik Koftesi : Grilled Fish patties served in a bed of a thick sauce made with garlic, yogurt and tomatoes. The fish was lovely, the sauce delicious. Origin : Greece
Spanakopita : Also known as Spinach pie, it is a Greek savory pastry. The traditional filling comprises chopped spinach, feta cheese, onions and seasoning. Crispy, filling and yumm! Origin : Greece
Live shawarmas counter : The sight of juicy chicken rotating on a spot was plain luring. I ordered mine with loads of mayo, onions and chicken. The chicken was well marinated, the kubus was fresh. Plain Bliss! Origin : Arabia.
Cherkez tavuga : A Turkish delicacy, Circassian chicken cooked in rich walnut sauce; simply delicious and wholesome. This was my personal favorite! Origin : Turkey.
Pazi Yaprakli Kuzu Lncik Kapamasi: Spring Lamb shanks braised in Swiss chards. The meat was perfectly cooked, juicy and succulent. The flavors, though mild were very appealing. Origin : Turkey
Pot Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Olive : Chicken roasted to perfection in a lemony sauce and topped with olives. Scrumptious. Origin : Lebanon.
From the regular buffet we tried the Malai paneer along with Indian breads. The gravy was rich and delicious, the breads fresh. The biryani was exceptional. On point and plain orgasmic.
Coming to dessert : (my favorite part of the whole meal) the spread was rich, elaborate and very captivating.
I tried everything that was on the table. The baklava was fresh and nutty. Pistachio pudding : Warm, rich in flavours and plain comforting. Tiramisu – moist and flavorsome and oh so awesome. Cake pops – brilliant. The Walnut tart was crusty and Rich with warm flavors. *Sigh* I can go and on.
Don’t miss the Aaa–mezzing treat! It’s here only for a very limited period of time.
Please note: – The buffet menu will change on a rotational basis.
Date: March 17th to 25th
Time: 7 P.M. to 11 P.M.
Price: Rs. 1600++ taxes per person for dinner
Venue: The Dining Room, Park Hyatt Chennai
For details and reservations, please call The Dining Room – Park Hyatt Chennai on 04449919965/04449919961