Nothing like tea, burgers and pakoras on a rainy day. And some more on the platter.

flying man
The Flying Man by Avijit Roy welcomes one to Latest Recipe

Words & photographs: Ambica Gulati

Watch the world go by, as you dig into some of India’s favourite snacks at Latest Recipe, the all-day dining. With glass windows on one side giving a view of the green gardens, the restaurant is running a Moonsoon Delights hi-tea platter till July 30. As I was simply on a tasting spree, I asked for small portions as eating six kinds of snacks in one go seemed like a lot of food. Chef Gaurav Mawari enlightened that the snacks had been chosen from areas where rain seemed to kind of stop life and gave everyone that moment of indulgence.


chai and rusk
Masala chai with rusks and puffs

What I found on my table—masala chai and fresh rusks with saunf and ajwain puffs eaten in the northern parts of the country; paneer-potatoes-peas samosa; sandwich stuffed with chutney, potatoes and inspired by the ones in Mumbai; a veg patty burger with chutney—another inspiration from Mumbai; pakoras from everywhere. Forgot to mention the egg chops and the chicken cheese kurkuri. Fried, but then the rains do inspire you to eat oil, says the Chef. The hotel has kept it as light a possible, so it doesn’t spill on to your hands.

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However, it was the dips that took my heart, especially the cranberry one with crunchy onions. You might like to try this with the masala bun and the pineapple dip with the sandwiches. It’s quite an innovation. Of course, the famous pudina-dhania-chilli chutney is also there.

Indian desserts: Chamcham, Kaju Rolls and Gulab Jamun
Indian desserts: Chamcham, Kaju Rolls and Gulab Jamun

What this hi-tea finished with—chamcham, kaju rolls and gulab jamun. Surely, it was India on my platter.

There are individual dishes and a hi-tea platter. Price: Rs 300-1,250.