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August 7, 2008updated Jul 08, 2015

Varq Redefines Indian Cuisine At Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

NEW DELHI, INDIA — Varq, Delhi’s newest fine dining Indian restaurant, opened August 1 at the Taj Mahal Hotel. Varq is a modern Indian gourmet dining experience with authentic, artistic dishes created by Taj Corporate Chef Hemant Oberoi and paired with teas to enhance enjoyment of the dishes’ ingredients. Varq is part of Chef Oberoi’s masala cuisine concept, which reinvents Indian food with new techniques, innovative plated presentations and organic produce and spices. Chef Oberoi is faithful to the diverse homemade Indian dishes, while evolving traditional Indian recipes for contemporary palates. At Varq, he uses ingredients such as sea bass, diver’s scallops, foie gras, halibut, sand crab and Karachi prawns.

Menu highlights include Varqi Crab, an appetizer of crabmeat in filo pastry topped with a tandoori prawn, Makai ka shorba, a corn broth poured over popcorn, Martabaan, meat curry with red pickled chilies served in a traditional ceramic pickle jar, Kadi patte ke scallops, three plump scallops flavored with curry-leaf and served on tomato salsa, Sunheri Nalli, a robust New Zealand lamb shank on a bed of kofti biryani, Masala Sea Bass served on sautéed spinach and mushroom, New bread selections, such as the Tomato and Mozzarella Kulcha and Olive Naan, Tamarind and sugarcane sorbets to cleanse the palate between courses, Masala tea crème brulee and Ice cream bombe with Bailey’s rabdi

Each dish or course is paired with a specially selected tea, ranging from white tea served hot to a blend of rose petals, cinnamon and cloves served chilled. The dessert station consists of a show counter on one end and also features a kulfi cart.

Named for India’s exotic edible gold leaf, Varq seats 82 guests and includes a private dining room for 14. Interior designers Mario and Theo Nicolaou created a classic contemporary ambiance by using dark wood, creamy leather and gold textures to complement traditional Indian artwork. Rosewood wall paneling and a dark chocolate tile floor contrast with the gold leaf coffered ceiling. The restaurant’s dramatic entrance features a pair of illuminated cylindrical glass sculptures with polished cut glass floral details set in gold leaf to create a sense of arrival at a jeweled trinket box.

About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia’s largest and finest groups of hotels, comprising 61 hotels in 42 locations across India with an additional 16 international hotels in the Maldives, Mauritius, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Rajput palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. The Taj, a symbol of Indian hospitality, has recently completed the centenary of its landmark hotel, The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India’s premier business house.

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