As Indians, the one thing we do well is celebrate. Be it any festival or happy occasion we just need a reason to break out in to song, dance and merriment. In fact we find different ways to celebrate and a perfect example is food. Of course through all the festivities there are special dishes and sweets prepared but even if you look at our regular cuisine it's rich in taste and flavour. Almost as if it's a celebration of life itself. Each region has something unique and vibrant to offer and each one quite popular. Some of them are the bases for some of the oldest restaurant chains in the city and across the county. Each restaurant chain has its own fan following and serves up authentic delicious dishes.
Moti Mahal Delux Tandoori Trail - This 93 year old brand has been a pioneer in the restaurant chain business. It caters to North Indian food but its actually known for its incredible tandoori items. Believe it or not Moti Mahal has over a 100 franchises within the country and across the world.
Gajalee - Gazalee meaning ' informal meeting' in Malvani has a number of outlets including one in Singapore and serves excellent Maharashtrian seafood. Fans believe it is THE place for tasty Malvani and Gomantak food. Apart from its extensive menu some of their dishes have become extremely famous like the Bombil Fry (Bombay duck) the Clam Koshimbir and the Prawn Pickle. Though its USP is seafood, they serve some lovely Maharashtrian style chicken, mutton and vegetable dishes as well.
Rajdhani - The king of thali's Rajdhani has branches all over the country and is a leader in traditional Gujarati and Rajasthani thalis. Their kitchen churns out more than 22,000 authentic traditional recipes and takes pride in feeding their guests. Any meal at any Rajdhani outlets is a true celebration of food. No amount is too little and the items on your thali are constantly replenished. A meal here is fit for a king and most likely will induce you into a food coma. A special treat is in mango season where not only do they serve unlimited aamras but they also serve an amazing ALL mango thali which includes vegetables cooked with mango, mango pickles, mango desserts and even a mango rice!
Oh! Calcutta - This place with its multiple outlets all over the country still manages to lure in Bengali food freaks. Since 1992 this restaurant has been serving a range of diverse dishes which are easily found in Kolkata. Their Prawn Malai curry, Mutton rezala, Smoked Betki and even the popular bhapa ( steamed) hilsa are just few of the items that draws in a crowd. Mahesh Lunch Home -This haven of Mangalorean goodness has been in action since 1977. At one time it was hailed as THE place to go to for delicious seafood. Its fame has spread far and wide and now has multiple outlets across Mumbai and even present in Pune and Bangalore. The highlight of dining here is that you can pick your own crab and they will even bring the live shell fish to your table to choose. Some classic dishes are prawn koliwada, butter garlic crab, tandoori pomfret or crab and of course the bombil.
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Roxanne is a pint sized girl who enjoys reading, movies, travel and is obsessed with food. She expresses her love for all things edible in her food blog - www.thetinytaster.com A freelancer in her profession, she is able to spend most of her time sampling the city's food offerings and reviews them as well as shares a few of her favourite recipes. More often known as The Tiny Taster, she's decided to take the world by storm - one plate a a time!
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