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Weekend Eats: A Rajinikanth-inspired menu and an Indian street food buffet


biryani at Bon SouthHyderabadi biryani fit for a superstar appetite at Bon South

There’s a lot happening in Bengaluru this week. Whether you hated or loved the new Rajinikanth film, this new festival with all kinds of food from the south of the Vindhyas is unlikely to let you down and if all you want is street food for dinner, you too have a feast in store.

Magic of Thalaiva festival at Bon South

If you have watched Kabali and still can’t get enough of Rajinikath, then the Magic of Thalaiva festival at Bon South could just be what you need. Drawing inspiration from the superstar, this festival is a celebration of the biggest hits on Bon South’s menu including Hyderabadi biryani, crab masala, tawa talk machi, Guntur chicken masala, Chettinad mutton, Sri Lankan chicken curry and Chettinad Urlai roast. Be warned: Rajinikanth’s super hit songs will play along throughout the meal. Mind it!

Where: Bon South, Koramangala 5th block
When: Until August 25th (for both lunch and dinner)
Phone: 080-25526363
Price: Rs. 610 per person onwards

Street food buffet at Le Jardin

Vada PavChoose from vada pav, chaat and rolls at the street food fest at Le Jardin

India’s busy markets have inspired all kinds of food festivals. At Le Jardin, the all-day dining restaurant at The Oberoi, a special buffet menu crafted by Chef Parvinder Bali, the Culinary Head at the Oberoi Center of Learning and Development, includes a range of moreish eats. There are hot and cold chaats like besan ka chilla, MLA pesarattu, palak patta chaat and kurkuri bhindi chaat. Golgappas get an interesting twist with guava or mint and orange-flavoured water. There’s also the quintessential Dilli street food favourite of chole bhaturey, Kochuri with dum aloo from Kolkata and the Maharastrian staple of vada pao. Still hungry?  There are a wide variety of chops to choose from and it really can’t be a street food festival without a Mughlai or  Nizam Kathi roll can it?

Where: Le Jardin, The Oberoi
When:  Until August 20 for dinner only
Phone: 080-2558 5858
Price: Rs. 1575 or Rs. 1775 (including one domestic beer) per person, excluding taxes.