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Food & Wine
Issue: May 2014
Royal Vega, Chennai
At the opulent and palatial Royal Vega, vegetarianism isn’t considered a restriction but an unprecedented opportunity to showcase the classic and tasteful vegetarian culinary riches of the subcontinent.
The restaurant is divided into five sections inspired by the dining areas of royalty: Nivas (based on where important members of the court dined), Rajadhiraj Takht (where the king used to entertain dignitaries), Rajvansh Chowki (where the second in line used to dine), Rajmata Chowki (dedicated to the queen) and Rajrani Kaksh (a private dining area for the queen and ladies).
The menu at Royal Vega is seasonal and changes every two months as per the edicts of ayurvedic gastronomy. However some of their specials like the Ranjit Khasa, inspired by Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s annual royal banquet to celebrate the beginning of spring and New Year, are available throughout the year. Try the Gucchi Basmati, a delicate preparation of Himalayan morels and basmati patty, flavoured with bay leaves, pan-fried to a crisp and covered in gold leaf, which is one of the star attractions.
The kitchens of the restaurant are independent of the rest of the property. From milling their own flour to employing strictly vegetarian cooks, Royal Vega takes vegetarian fine dining to a new level of excellence.
Address: ITC Grand Chola, No 63, Mount Road, Guindy, Chennai – 600 032.
Tel: +91-44-2220 0000
Read more in the May 2014 issue of Hi! BLITZ – the no.1 Lifestyle magazine.
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