As conversations around the world expand to include gender equality and diversity, the food and hospitality domain is becoming more inclusive as well. Women chefs are donning the toque in style and wielding a mean spatula in the kitchen, even as they whip up works of art on your plate. Needless to say, the fairer sex also needs to be pampered on a day, earmarked to celebrate their empowerment and the movement to claim their rights. In fact, restaurants in Delhi-NCR are taking a cue from the global narrative on women being at the forefront of things and pulling out all the stops to help them commemorate the day with much fanfare. Here is a look at the best food and beverage offers for ladies on International Women's Day.
Olive Bar & Kitchen is extending its International Women's Day celebrations to almost a month, by featuring creations by 6 women chefs, including 'Anahita Dhondy' - head chef at SodaBottleOpenerWala, 'Neha Lakhani' - co-founder and chef patissier at Troublesome Duo, 'Tanisha Phanbuh' - home chef and curator of Tribal Gourmet, 'Vanshika Bhatia' - former head chef at Ek Bar, 'Arti Nougai' - pastry chef at Olive Qutub and 'Ruchira Hoon' - Philip, bakery partner and chef at The Piano Man Bakery. They are fuelling and defining the dialogue around the table with a curated menu that dabbles with salad, appetisers, pasta, mains and dessert. In the salad section, a quirky entry is a Grainy Salad With Duck by Bhatia, where she is serving an assortment of barley, millet, bell peppers and duck. You can also try the Fettuccine In Black Sesame Pesto by Phanbuh from the pasta segment, where homemade fettuccine is being served with black sesame pesto and roasted pumpkin. Round off your meal with an inventive dessert called Storm in a teacup by Philip, a creamy lemon posset set over dark chocolate truffle, topped with an orange Chantilly cream and served with an edible Graham cracker spoon.
Date: March 8 - March 31
Meal for two: INR 1800++ (excluding drinks)
Foreign Dhaba Bistro & Bar, the casual dining restaurant in Rajouri Garden, is raising a toast to women by offering a glass of sangria gratis to all ladies visiting it on March 7 and March 8. The dining outfit, known for serving Indian food as well as cuisines from around the world, is letting women put their feet up with their complimentary sangrias even as they make up their mind about various dining options.
Date: March 7 and March 8
Time: 12 noon - 12 midnight
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One of the most talked-about Women’s Day celebrations is happening at The Suryaa, where there is a flat 50% discount on both à la carte and buffet meals (except drinks) for all women at the hotel’s Ssence and Sampan restaurants.
Date: March 8
Ssence, the global cuisine restaurant, will celebrate Women’s Day with buffet spreads featuring both north Indian as well as continental delicacies. Expect dishes such as Macchi Amritsari, Rajma Ki Shammi, Gobhi Khurchan, Patiala Shahi Murg, Grilled Chicken With Pepper Coulis Sauce and more. There is even a Pro-Health counter with a wide choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. What is more, a dinner buffet with global cuisines is on offer at Ssence on Women’s day.
Lunch Timings: 1230 hrs - 1500 hrs
Dinner Timings: 1930 hrs - 2300 hrs
In case you are craving Thai and Chinese flavours, head to the hotel’s rooftop pan-Asian restaurant Sampan, where you can nibble your way through Sampan Dimsum Combo (selections of three varieties chicken, lamb and vegetables), Sampan special Kembang (Indonesian chilli fried broccoli), Sampan Imperial Prawns (golden fried prawns sautéed with garlic, chilli and green onion shoots), and much else.
Lunch Timings: 1200 hrs - 1500 hrs
Dinner Timings: 1900 hrs - Midnight
Mia Bella Kitchen & Bar in Hauz Khas Village, is giving ladies reason to cheer on March 8. The restaurant is offering a 25% discount on all women’s tables. To sweeten the deal, there is a complimentary dessert for every lady at the table. The restaurant is known to serve assorted European dishes and has a well-appointed bar serving up an interesting range of cocktails.
Date: March 8
Timings: 12 noon - 12 midnight
Cove The Bar at Radisson Blu Faridabad is gearing up for a rocking night with 'DJ Gouri' to mark International Women’s Day. Ladies, groove the night away in the company of signature drinks and scrumptious bites. Taking the fun quotient a notch higher is the outfit’s offer of a complimentary cocktail. The final flourish of the celebrations comes by way of exclusive giveaways.
Date: March 8
Meal for two: INR 2000 (plus taxes)
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.