Mumbai, August 14: Built in 1903, ‘The Taj Mahal Hotel’ is iconic to the essence of Mumbai. The history of Mumbai and The Taj Mahal Palace, the city’s first harbor landmark, are dramatically intertwined. For over a century, this luxury hotel has been the prime residence of choice for maharajas, dignitaries and other famous personalities. Inspired by Islamic and European Renaissance, the hotel-cum palace will travel back to the day of independence. Yes, the dinner menu the hotel will consist of Indo- French dishes to celebrate the 70 years of the country’s independence.
"While flipping through the archives of Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai one of our associates found the menu from the night of independence. It was shared with head chefs as a valuable piece of history," says Rajesh Wadhwa, Executive Chef at Taj Palace Delhi. The hotel in the city carefully curated the menu while keeping in mind the ingredients and methods used then, but giving it a modern Indian twist.
The menu, priced at Rs. 1947, includes an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes celebrating independence -- such as the Consomme a L'indienne" or the "Indian consomme", "Vacherin de peches liberation" and "Poularde Souffle Independence". It will be on offer till August 14.
The three-course meal includes a classic French bouillon broth with chicken, flavoured with cardamom and pepper, a smoked creamy almond soup, "Delices a l'hindustan"- tamarind flavoured cottage cheese tikkas -- and the souffle independence -- a fluffy three-egg omelette with chicken. The "Paupiette De Saumon Joinville" is pink salmon coated with white sauce and garnished with herbs.
The Taj is also offering all serving and retired Indian Armed Forces personnel a special discount of 70 per cent across its hotels in India.
"The Taj has been a proud partner in India's journey for Independence. In 1903, our founder Jamsetji Tata built the Taj Mahal Palace hotel as a tribute to India in its journey towards economic and industrial independence," says Chinmai Sharma, Chief Revenue Officer, Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris.
Lord Louis Mountbatten, who was the country's first Governor-General, bid farewell to India from the steps of the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai in 1948. Independence was ushered in with music, dancing, speeches and merry-making, the hotel states in a release. "Everyone was very happy and gay," it quotes from its archives a guest, Catherine Courtney, as saying. “Jai Hind”and they said, “Jai Hind”.