Date: 15th May to 15th July 2015
Where: The Spice Route, The Imperial, Janpath road, New Delhi
Timings: Lunch 12:30pm to 2:45pm and Dinner: 7pm to 11:45pm
For table reservations: Call 41116605
There are very few restaurants in India that are thematic. What does it mean? Well, a restaurant whose theme blends well with both the food and interior. When the server brings food and opens the kitchen door, on the left, is a big painting of Ma Annapurna.
After the server cleans the table and takes away the plates and the remaining food, one can see a huge painting of Lord Ganesha as the server carries the leftovers. The spiritual significance is Anna means food and grains and the meaning of purna is full, complete, and perfect. Annapurna is the Goddess of Nourishment and hence before partaking the food, we are blessed. Having Ganesha/s blessings on the food that we enjoyed, signifies – We must be able to accept and digest whatever experiences we go through – be they good or bad. Throughout our trials and tribulations we must be equal-minded and realise that all experiences are learning experiences and will bring us closer to God. The thoughts are spiritual and the essence too is spiritual. Behold, I am not taking you through my journey of Sattvik food.
Interestingly, the concepts of blessings of Maa Annapurna and Lord Ganesha is unique and let me take you through the ROUTE I,e Spice Route at The Imperial, New Delhi which is unique in every sense. It’s not only creation of culture of Far East but reflects the journey of life. Designed on the principles of Feng Shui, The Spice Route is a treasure trove of antiques and is divided into nine different sections, each depicting part of the journey of life. To know more about the décor and the rich cultural heritage and the ambience – sharing the following link:
|Chef Veena Arora, Chef De Cuisine, Spice Route|
After having almost a virtual tour of life it was time to meet with the lady behind this iconic restaurant Chef De Cuisine Veena Arora– who doesn’t need any introduction. Interestingly she is not a trained chef as per se but has excellent technical knowledge of the cuisine. Born and brought up in a small village of Thailand , she definetly knows thoroughly about the cuisine. She moved to India in 1980 and after working with “The Lalit” (where she opened Thai restaurant Silk Orchid), she joined The Imperial in 1996 as Culinary Consultant to The Imperial. She has played an instrumental role in opening The Spice Route. Almost 20 years ago when she opened The Spice Route (south east Asian restaurant), she would share about the cuisine with her guests and some of them were unaware of the delicacies and also had little or no knowledge about the cuisine. The cuisine which has trace of Malabar coasts from Kerela to Srilanka , Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. These are the places where she has picked her dishes from.
I was invited to review the summer collection at The Spice Route where Chef Veena was showcasing her culinary skills and theme was Mango.