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    ITC Grand Chola pulls A�out a signature breakfast menu that celebrates new A�age eating habits

    FOOD SHOT AT ITC GRAND CHOLA. EXPRESS/A.RAJA CHIDAMBARAM.BREAKFAST at ITC Grand Chola can go on for a few hours, given the generous Far Eastern, European, and Indian spread. But if you are feeling very zen this weekend, sign up for their Signature Mornings. Introduced a few months ago and yet to be promoted, it has a following among expats, Chennaia��s globetrotters, even those with rustic leanings. More importantly, it checks all the boxes when it comes to millennial dietary requirements a�� gluten free, locally sourced, natural sugars and forgotten grains. On a rainy Saturday, my gluten-intolerant six-year-old and I tuck into firm ragi pancakes streaked with buttery jaggery sauce and an aloe vera and black currant relish. Delicious. Next comes a variation on the traditional Eggs Benedict, with smoked salmon on amaranth crusted brioche, topped with egg and velvety hollandaise. Almost like a puff pastry, this one, and the compact size does not make you feel wasteful. If you are in the mood for more egg, ask for the third option. But dona��t let anyone come between you and the goat cheese scramble, for this is one dish that must be had hot. Especially when ita��s pouring outside. Sitting in the Mercara coffee shop, away from the buffet breakfast that is also part of the meal, it is easy to feel self-righteous about the seven grain porridge. It has been carefully created by senior sous chef, Nikhil Merchant, but requires a superior will to complete. The coffee shopa��s famed oat muffin and the gluten-free dry fruit bread bring back the smiles, fortunately. On the whole, this responsible luxury initiative is worth a try.

    Breakfast buffet at `950 plus taxes. Details: 22200000
    a�� Rosella Stephen


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