Well, whoever said, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” probably visited the annual “Awadhi food festival” at the Grand Sarovar Premiere in Goregaon, Mumbai. Only a small correction though, it is also the way to a woman’s heart. And all the foodies from different walks of life who descended on the Grand Sarovar Premiere this weekend will more than bear testimony to this fact.
Alexey Novikov, the honorable consul General of Russia was accompanied by his wife Elena and thoroughly enjoyed the lavish spread at the food fest. Nawab Malik, Former minister and MLA, relished the “Galauti Kababs” and also was engrossed in a serious discussion with Viveck Shettyy about the origins of Awadhi cuisine and the Dum style of cooking.
Alex O Neil and Shama Sikander were quite a cosy twosome right through the evening. Babloo Aziz, Bollywood producer and Congress corporator from Juhu was constantly being complimented by friends and guests alike for his recent appointment as Marketing Director – India of the IKA (International Kurash Association), an international sports body which governs the affairs of Kurash, an ancient sport which had its origins in Asia.
Amita Nangia looked gorgeous in red and Mir Ranjan Negi was elegance personified with his trademark headgear and the broadest smile. Aditya Raj Kapoor looked dapper in bright red. Ajoy Balkrishna, General Manager, The Grand Sarovar Premiere was the gracious host right through the evening and received his guests with great warmth and affection.
Manmeet Gulzar was accompanied his wife Karishma. Kishwar Merchant also thoroughly enjoyed the opulent fare at The Grand Sarovar premiere. Sandeep Soparrkar was accompanied by Jesse Randhawa and was overheard talking about his forthcoming dance which also involves a 97 year old lady dancer and a world renowned one at that. Sameer Desai, corporator from Goregaon also made a rare appearance and was all praise for lip smacking delicacies on offer.
Chef Naved was constantly engaged in discussion with guests enlightening them about the finer points of Awadhi cuisine. History bears testimony to the fact that it is the Bawarchis and the Rakabdars of Awadh who gave birth to the ‘dum’ style of cooking or the art of cooking over a slow fire which has become synonymous with Lucknow. So be it a Murg Kurry Phudina or Badam ki Sabsi or Samak Kofta salan, they are all waiting for you at the Shahi Awadhi food festival at the Grand Sarovar Premiere.
And yes not to forget, all this served in true Awadhi style by waiters appropriately dressed in chickan kurta. Ajoy Balkrishna, General Manager, Grand Sarovar Premiere simply cannot conceal his delight as he states, “The ‘Shahi Awadhi Food Festival’ is the most awaited event of the year by our patrons and corporate customers alike and has met with resounding success ever since its inception two years ago.”
So what are you waiting for? Experience the rich & zealously guarded Nawabi cuisine by Chef Haleem and his team of Khansamas from Lucknow. Drop by at the Grand Sarovar Premiere between 18th to 27th November for lip smacking Awadhi experience.