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  • Alexis Beard

Gastronomical Experience at ITC Grand Bharat

ITC Grand Bharat, a luxury retreat located in Gurgaon (just 40 minutes from New Delhi), is a manifestation of ITC’s philosophy of creating hotels that are ‘rooted in the soil’.

The hotel stands testimony to the grandeur of India, India's rich heritage and culture; both past and present, reflected in its nationally inspired architecture, interior design and warm Indian hospitality.

Unique gourmet experiences await us at the retreat, with a ‘Well-Being’ chef at the helm. At ITC Grand Bharat, the ‘well-being’ kitchens have reimagined the finest cuisines, going beyond European classics to reconstructed gourmet experiences and flavours of Asia, as well as India.

Promoting physical and emotional well-being through food is an Indian tradition as old as Indian civilisation itself. It stems from the concept that a person who is at ease physically and mentally has the highest proclivity to developing spiritually.

At ItC Grand Bharat, our dining options include the ‘Aravali Pavilion’ (3-meal period restaurant) showcasing Modern India Mosaics, ‘The India Room’ (debuting Creative European Classics), the ‘Peacock Bar’ and ‘Apas Promenade’.

The India Room showcases ‘Creative European Classics’, albeit in modern renderings, in a setting which resonates with the pomp and pageantry of that era. The restaurant celebrates the continent’s engagement with India, from the earliest times a context that gave rise to the country’s modern name.

The plush interiors in a royal blue and gold theme feature magnificent chandeliers set against silk and French windows that open into the Sunset Boulevard, offering an option to dine al fresco. The cuisine, which is creative renditions of French, Greek, Roman, Dutch and British classics is complemented by the ritualistic service and relives the erstwhile charm of ceremonial fine dining.

On the other hand, the Aravali Pavilion at ITC Grand Bharat is the retreat’s charming bistro and three-meal period restaurant. The warm interiors with its murals and cork floors is home to unique culinary concepts such as ‘Swasthya’ cuisine; eating for health and taste, the debut of ‘Modern India Mosaics’ and ITC Hotels’ Signature Mornings, ‘Best of Pavilion’, ‘The Express Wok’ and ‘Local Love’.

The Apas Promenade epitomises the ‘unhurried luxury’ philosophy of the retreat and is a celebration of the Terra Madre community’s ‘Slow Food Movement’ (Clean, Good & Fair). The restaurant showcases local Mewati barbeques, which forms part of the ‘Food of the Aravalis’. The indigenous cooking techniques used for the Mewati barbecues used include ‘Shola’ or an open charcoal grill, ‘Tawa’ which is an Indian hot plate and ‘Degchi’, a vessel used for slow cooking.

And most important: the bar. Inspired by the national bird of India, Peacock Bar is an ideal place to unwind and indulge in the retreat’s extensive wine and malt library, complemented by Molecular Mixology inspired Classic Cocktails. The theatrics of the mixologist blend with the gentle jazz strains, abetting the energy of the bar. The unique service design that is intended to delight and surprise with dramatic culminations at the table. Embodying its name is the piece de résistance of the bar; a stained glass, peacock motif, inspired by the fables of India.

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