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For a nation that takes vegetarianism to heart as much as India, the extravagance of our kababs and biryanis seems to always overshadow the humility of what grows on our soil. Royal Vega is a bold, ambitious endeavour at elevating a meatless meal to pedestals, on which few have stood before. Best described as an ornately traditional dining experience, the brainchild of ITC’s Executive Chef Manjit Gill, draws inspiration from royal kitchens and Ayurveda. Everything from handcrafted ingredients and seasonal menus, to painstakingly presented viands make you almost forget, that you are paying as much as you would for a cacheted meat fest at Peshawri next door. Royal Vega is doubtlessly a landmark restaurant in the Indian dining scene, and one that ITC shall inevitably elevate to its crown jewels. Suitably, in a city that is (quite inaccurately) known for austere vegetarianism and in a hotel that is built on grandeur, Royal Vega is an experience you must partake in.
Vegetarian food may get a lot of backlash from the carnivores but let’s admit it has its own redeeming qualities. First being its clean healthy aspect that can never harm your body and second, the light feeling you have even after consuming a feast. For years we have been forgetting the true beauty of vegetarian food, leaning more and more towards the non-veg items due to its accessibility. But now restaurants have taken upon themselves to revive the veggie versions of classic recipes, paving way for innovative menus. It is a misconception that Chennai is a vegetarian dominant city, conveniently forgetting the fact of its stunning coast line that brings in tons of lovely seafood every day. ITC Grand Chola is a legendary luxurious hotel in Chennai and is counted amongst the heavyweights of hotel industry. Its opulent interiors houses a fabulous vegetarian restaurant called, ‘Royal Vega’.
Royal Vega is one of those magnificent places that is epitome of luxury and high class. The restaurant is everything one can imagine of a fine dining place and more. The lush opulent interiors of the restaurant acts as an ideal backdrop for important dinners or business meetings. It’s perfect for tourists who want to taste the grandeur of Chennai in big way. Bring here someone who appreciates good food and even finer surroundings. The entire restaurant is fashioned after a royal dining room, complete with ornate furnishings and vintage crystal chandeliers. The old-fashioned royal appeal of the interiors are highly attractive to many. If you truly want to savour the opulence, ask to be seated in their private dining section which is outstanding.
The menu of Royal Vega follows a North-Indian fare. The entire menu is completely vegetarian yet expensive, exploring the veggie delights of North-Indian and Mughal food. They offer a wide range of thalis, through which you can sample numerous dishes without costing much. Although the menu is superb, keep a light hand on the appetizers or you will miss the pleasure of main course. Pick from their exhaustive range of rice or breads to mop up the curries. You can dabble between, shvet paneer, kesariya alu, dal adhav, kundan kofteh, mangochi pakauri, palak chaaman, krishatil alu, shyaam chholey, marudhar sangria kofteh and palak mungori karhi. Their dessert section is sublime and equally rich, worthy of a king. Kanak halva and Chandragupta malpua will do wonderfully.