The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi celebrates a journey of legacies at Varq
In a constant endeavour to provide unique and memorable experiences, The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi presented The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Appreciation Series at Varq.
The bespoke experience began with an ode to Varq – the modern Indian dining destination at the iconic Taj Mahal Hotel.
Chef Arun Sundararaj, Executive Chef at the Hotel, and Sandeep Arora, Director, Spiritual Luxury Living, unravelled the tale of Varq and traced the journey of how it became the culinary leader it is today.
The evening saw the presence of the celebrated artist, Anjolie Ela Menon who recounted her fond memories at Varq that still houses the priceless mural created by her over three decades ago. Speaking on the occasion, she briefly traced the culinary journey from Haveli to Varq and emphasised on how the present day restaurant, her “second home”, has honed the concept of pre-plated food.
Varq is symbolic of preciousness which is reflected amply in the cuisine and the décor of the restaurant. The restaurant is a harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary sophistication. Visually spectacular in every way, the restaurant is also one of the city’s finest examples of a marriage of fine dining and art. The spatial ambience comfortably engulfs the diner, immersing them into a lusciously rich experience surrounded by artefacts and treasures. One of the defining features of Varq is the mural wall created by celebrated artist Anjolie Ela Menon. Additionally, modern artworks complement the restaurant in the form of oil paintings, carvings, antiques and modern sculptures.
Speaking on the occasion, Satyajeet Krishnan, General Manager, The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi said, “For over three decades, the iconic Taj Mahal, New Delhi has offered its guests unique and meaningful experiences. It is therefore, the most preferred venue to host The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Appreciation Series, an evening where we celebrated the culinary heritage and artistry of Varq amidst an exquisite dining experience.”
The engaging tête-à-tête was followed by a sumptuous four course dinner at Varq. Patrons indulged in signature Varq specialties including duet of subz gandheri and khurbani, smoked lamb, tomato and olive khofta, gongura lamb paired with the distinct, smooth and fruity taste of The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve that was first envisioned in 1824. While Sandeep Arora introduced the coveted character of The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, a classic single malt with a contemporary twist, Chef Arun spoke of the innovative yet authentic Indian flavours that Varq stands for.
Speaking on the occasion, Chef Arun Sundararaj, Executive Chef, The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi said, “Continuing our quest to offer enriching dining experiences, we are delighted to curate this exclusive celebration of legacies with a true expression of originality. Since 2008, Varq has offered authenticity of taste and artistic presentation to the people of Delhi. Each of the dishes on our menu is a craft in itself and combines the best of traditional Indian recipes with exotic ingredients to create a memorable experience.”