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    Classics with  a refreshing touch feature in the latest offerings at Graze

    The recent draconian ban on foie gras is pretty tragic. Especially since Graze is one of the places that instantly comes to mind when you feel like an indulgent taste of the delicately sauteed fatty liver that chef Selvaraju dishes up so well. But the new menu he has launched actually has enough choices to see you through a quick business lunch or a leisurely dinner with a fine selection of wine or spirits.

    Over lunch, a good choice would be a classic Caesar salad which always works if the basic lettuce, cheese and dressing is spot on. Or a fresh avocado salad (currently in season) with micro greens, walnuts and orange dressing or even a melange of wine-poached figs with goats cheese, which was my personal favourite. There are enough hearty soups if you want to stay really light — the soul satisfying seafood Catalan or the more earthy three-bean crock pot affair.

    Main stage
    Pizzas and risottos veer towards the fancy as expected — with hand-pulled mozarella, confit chicken and smoked sausage. But the mains deserve special attention and are possibly best enjoyed over a leisurely dinner. The roasted lamb with Lyonnaise potatoes is served up delectably tender, the John Dory arrives with a soft orange glaze so the delicate flavour of the fish stays intact. For something more robust, meat lovers will enjoy the braised pork knuckle (another personal favourite) with a creamy saffron polenta on the side or if you have a healthy appetite, a surf and turf platter with king prawns, German sausage and a minute steak.
    Round off your meal with a grand mariner souffle or a colonial coconut roll for some sweetened adventure. And if you have the time, extend the experience over some finely brewed coffee and consider yourself finely dined.

    Average meal for two without  alcohol, Rs. 2,000. At Vivanta By Taj, MG Road. Details: 66604444

    —Jackie Pinto

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