This Independence Day, as India celebrates 70 years of freedom, Taj Hotels is curating a celebration of its own that marks the integral role that Taj has played during the movement of independence of India.
Numerous meetings that led to the change of events during the freedom movement were held in the hallowed halls of the iconic Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai:
- On 1 January 1916, a meeting at the Taj between Congress and the Muslim League (probably fortuitously hosted at Taj because League President the Nawab of Mahmudabad was staying in a suite of rooms there) led to an alliance which settled their differences and agreed on a common goal: the self-government of India.
- Sarojini Naidu was one attendee at this historic meeting. She herself became synonymous with the Taj as a Bombay institution: for the best part of three decades a suite of rooms was kept almost permanently at her disposal. Few important visitors came to Bombay without paying their respect to her and the Taj.
- But it was the Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last Viceroy and first Governor-General of independent India, that cemented the Taj Mahal Palace’s place in the image of Independence. It was from the steps of The Taj Mahal Palace, that he bid India a final farewell.
On Independence Eve at the Taj, Independence was ushered in with music, dancing, speeches and merry-making.
To mark the milestone 70 years of Independent India, Taj is turning back time to recreate that momentous night, with the heady atmosphere and unbridled excitement of the dawn of a new era.
Was happy to have been invited for the preview of this promotion at Taj Krishna, where Chef Nitin Mathur and his team brilliantly recreated and executed the menu at Encounters – the all day diner at Taj Krishna Hotel, Hyderabad. While the entire menu remained same, a minor change of adding an Indian appetizer and a vegetarian soup was made.
Started off with the soup, among the choices Consomme al indienne (Cardamom enhanced chicken clear soup) and the Veloute d amandes (Creamy Almond Veloute). Thoroughly relished the creamy concoction of peeled almonds veloute that came with the hint of parsley.
The vegetarian inclusion appetizer named Delicacies a’l Hindustan was three pieces of smoked cottage cheese steak. Each was good in their own different league and nicely presented in the tri colours.
The mains comprised of Paupiette de Saumon joinville (Salmon roulade, soft creamy mash, wilted spinach, turned vegetables and Joinville sauce), Poularde Souffle Independence (Chicken soufflé with steamed vegetables and lemon parsley sauce), Crepes aux epinards (Stuffed spinach crepes with Makani gravy) and Campignons vol au vents (truffle and wild mushroom with paprika cheese sauce). With an option to select any one of the above, my obvious choice was Salmon Roulade which was served with feta cheese stuffing over creamy potato mash and grilled vegetables. Absolutely loved it !
Desserts comprised of Vacherin de peches liberation (peach infused apricot sorbet) that was beautifully presented in meringue cups along fresh cream.
The set meal priced is priced at a special promotion price of INR 1947 plus taxes. Each of these classic dishes were quite brilliant in its offerings.
Highly recommend this experience this Independence week !
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