It is evident that mango is an emotion in the Indian subcontinent. Millions pay homage at the altar of the golden fruit each summer and queue up before retailers to get their hands on the first batch. Indians are also capable of talking up a storm over the mango, taking pride in identifying each cultivar by its shape, colour and fragrance. In fact, mango devotees are in for a treat this season as restaurants across Delhi-NCR are putting a funky twist on India’s national fruit.
This outlet is putting a fresh spin on the humble mango by introducing a Mango Beer for its thirsty patrons. While Prankster launched this one-of-a-kind beverage last year, the restaurant has brought it back on popular demand this summer as well. The process of conjuring up this fruit beer is interesting. Alphonso juice from Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district is used to brew the mango ale, which boasts of 5 percent alcohol. Although malt makes an appearance in this brew in a small quantity, hops have been given a wide berth. Not surprisingly, the inventive and quirky mango ale is both refreshing and high on flavour.
Price (Mango And Avocado Cream Cheese Roll): Rs 725 Plus taxes
In a hat tip to the Hanami, Japan’s annual cherry blossom season, Guppy is putting out a new spring-summer menu.
A fresh addition here is the Mango And Avocado Cream Cheese Roll (part of the Hanami specials), where Alphonso mango, cream cheese, asparagus, tanuki fritters and kimchi sauce come together in an earth-shattering bite.
Date: April 19 - May 27, 2018
Desserts: Starting from Rs 300 per plate onwards, + taxes.
Cocktails: Starting from Rs 400 each, + taxes. Mocktails: Starting from Rs 200 each, +taxes.
Summer is being given a grand welcome by the Fatty Bao through multiple culinary interpretations in its festival Colour Me Mango. Expect to nibble your way through mango desserts and inventive cocktails across all the Fatty Bao outlets in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata. Bold Asian flavours with a mango theme will be the highlight of the menu, as mango-inspired drinks and desserts take over the brand’s numerous outlets.
The Imperial is setting up several gastronomic wonderlands for the mango-fanatic Delhiite. Each of its restaurants will be customising its menu to give it a mango inflexion.
Mango Delights at La Baguette
Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00pm
Date: May 15 - May 31
The restaurant is armed with refreshing mango recipes to cool you down during summer. Hand-crafted Mango Fruit Platters by celebratory chefs at La Baguette will have you asking for more.
Summer Collection at The Spice Route
Lunch and Dinner Timings: 12:30 pm - 2:45 pm ; 7:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Date: June 1 - July 31
The much-feted summer collection menu makes a comeback at The Spice Route. Complex flavours of the mango are infused in every dish, pushing the restaurant’s food scene to new heights. Chef Veena Arora helms the restaurant and her signature creations from Thailand, Malaysia, Kerala and Vietnam have patrons coming back for more.
Date: May 1 onwards
Timings: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Prices: Rs 195, + taxes, onwards
Mango-themed confections beckon the sugar addict at the French Crust, where cakes, pastries and tarts are bursting with the zest of the golden fruit. Sample creations such as Mango Red Velvet Pastry, Mango Danish Pastry, Mango Mousse, Mango Tart, Mango Tiramisu, Fresh Mango Cake and much more to add some zing to Indian summers.
Susmita Saha is a Delhi-based Features Writer. She has worked as an Assistant Editor at India Today and The Telegraph and writes on arts and culture, films, travel, food, architecture, design and various other lifestyle subjects. She has seriously itchy feet and plans to tick the world off her bucket list, one burger at a time.