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Deepavali delights

Some Indian restaurants are geared up for the Festival of Lights, with lavish spreads and great variety of dishes
The Sunday Times - October 9, 2011
By: Cheryl Faith Wee
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Deepavali delights East Buffet Restaurant will have a selection of 40 types of curries and cold dishes for its Heritage Feast Of India. -- PHOTO: GRAND MERCURE ROXY SINGAPORE

Get set to let your belt out a notch or two, after tucking into the elaborate spreads that some Indian restaurants are laying on for Deepavali this year.

During the two weeks leading up to Deepavali on Oct 26, East Buffet Restaurant at the Grand Mercure Roxy has prepared a Heritage Feast Of India with a line-up of around 40 types of curries and cold dishes.

It is the first time that the eatery is doing this. The food will be prepared by Chef Bhairav Singh Rajput who normally cooks at Novotel Mumbai Jahu Beach.

He was invited here by East Buffet Restaurant, and has come up with three menus for the fortnight.

Not to be outdone, the set menus at other eateries are also ensuring that customers get to try a variety of dishes.

Go India at Clarke Quay will offer a three-course meal that includes a platter of close to 10 types of dishes.

Mr Pankaj Tandon, 40, managing director of Go India, said: 'We wanted to have something different and go back to the basics and tradition where the food is served in small portions in stainless-steel bowls. It's like a mini buffet on a platter.'

The response at Go India so far has been good, with people making reservations for private parties since last month.

Mirchi - Taste Of India at the Esplanade has also taken reservations since as early as August, according to Ms Samyuktha Santhanam, 23, the assistant manager of sales and marketing for Harry's International, which runs the restaurant.

She said: 'Deepavali is an important function for Hindus and the people holding a party are quite eager to book the best places first. After all, it's on one of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar.'



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