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    It’s time to get your fix of the juicy summer fruit in town

    From dominating the royal Mughal kitchens to finding their way into smoothies, soups, meat marinades, curries and desserts, the mango packs quite a creative punch, as we discover. Here’s more on the city’s yellow fever trail.  — Aakanksha Devi

    The Oberoi
    Swap the usual soufflé for sinful frozen mango semifreddo. It comes in a light passion fruit foam served with coconut meringue, pineapple curd and tropical fruits topped with mango gel. Senior sous chef, Tanisha Ravindra, has also whipped up a mango chocolate hazelnut cremeux infusing caramelised white chocolate, hazelnut and chocolate sauce with passion fruit sorbet, a delectable fresh mango tart on ginger brettone with vanilla ice-cream and a mango brownie cheese cake. Across all in-house restaurants. Rs. 350 up. At MG Road. Details: 25585960

    Food9Full8Vivanta by Taj
    Eternally experimental, chef Selvaraju has focused on desserts like tarts, pastries, tiramisu and mango-cardamom delights. From cut mango with ice cream or mango pulp whipped with cream, to gateaux, mousses and even a blend of dark chocolate and mango, he plans to keep it simple. Mango salads and some a la carte dishes are also expected. Rs. 150 upwards. At MG Road. Details: 66604444

    Pebble
    This fine dining restaurant in Palace Grounds is experimenting with mango apple smoothies, mango menaskai (sweet, tangy and spicy curry) shrimp, chicken or tuna, and mango salads and delicious fruity  souffle, ideally washed down with refreshing mango margaritas. Rs. 300 upwards. At Sadashivnagar. Details: 9886651264

    Khandani Rajdhani
    The Mango Thali festival serves up some   Rajasthani and Gujarati delicacies infused with mango — jalebis, aam panna, raw mango and onion bhajia, and lassi are some of the highlights, while the tangy aam ki lunjee (mango pickle) and gor kheri — laden with sugar, jaggery and spices are not to be missed either. Rs. 399 upwards.  At UB City, Vittal Mallya Road. Details: 22133400

    Grand Mercure
    Executive chef Vijay David has gone all out to craft a summer menu with the mango taking centre stage. Food ranges from a mango Food9Full19caprese salad and raw mango ricotta to grilled mango with parsley piccada and mango pannacotta. Rs. 250 upwards. At 12th Main, Koramangala. Details: 45121212

    ITC Gardenia
    Mangoes take centre stage at the buffet, starting from mango lassi and aam panna to mango-based dips and salsas, appetisers like kaeri paneer, aam ka murgh and mango cinnamon cappuccino soup. For mains, tuck into the chef’s special grilled lamb, chicken and fish served with mango sauces before having the mango pastries, mango mithai or just a simple bowl of specially selected fruits! `1,350++ (lunch) and Rs. 1,550++ (dinner). At FM Cariappa Road. Details: 22119898

    Olive & Monkey Bar
    Manu Chandra’s creative cheese cake comes with a mango kiwi salad, mint meringue, tamarind gel and mango ice cream. Down the street, Monkey Bar dishes up a lemon soaked pound cake with fresh mangoes and the Mangaa — vodka based aam panna with a heady mix of  mango, sweet lime, mint, jeera and salt. Rs. 180 upwards. At Wood Street. Details: 41128400 and 41116878

    Mad Over Donuts
    We suggest you get yourself a dozen Mad Over Donuts’ specials infused with the juicy fruit. So take a coffee break with  raspberry, chocolate and mango donuts, try the exotic mango salsa version or indulge in the light Mango Cakeling – a soft cupcake liberally drizzled with mango and chocolate. Rs. 50 upwards. At Garuda Mall, Magrath Road. Details: 41248444

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