So whats a french title doing in my english blog, well, its the french name of an indian restaurant in the heart of the city of london. Talk of tributes to multiple colonizers at the same time!
Why am I talking about this restaurant, coz I had the best office xmas party at this restaurant tonight. The restaurant is pretty posh and hip and when the HR team sent me an invite for this party, I was impressed with the choice of the place. I had been to this place a couple of years ago and they lived up to their reputation. The decor is very eco friendly (!), lots of green foliage inside the restaurant which gives a garden kinda nice feel. The bar was small but served the purpose. The cutlery was gold and silver plated and gave the table a rich look. Starters were served and were sumptuos. chicken, fish, veggies and the works, all as canapes along with drinks. Our parties btw never have alcohol on the house (its always a cash bar!) and I was not in the mood for drinks anyways, so i stuck to pineapple juice with a hint of ginger *yummy*.
The main course took a little while to arrive but while we waited for it, since it was a table of some 8 people and most of us hadnt met each other before, we introduced each other and I had some interesting conversations with the Alan Boots (SGS), Nishant, Ambi, Satya (the guy who moved from Ramco), Rob (IC) and the russian couple of demitri and his babe. Had some interesting conversations around english accents and multiculturalism in britain. Seems like the newcastle (jordies) are the hardest to understand but the folks from Cornwall can give them a run for their money with the guttural accent.
The main course was pretty delicious with enough options for veggies and the non foliage eaters. Included one main course each of chicken, lamb, fish and paneer. The nan were freshly made and rice was nicely cooked and fragrant. As we indians always do, there was very little conversation till the last morcel of the main course was finished from the table!
The presentation of food was quite different from any indian restaurant that you will see in london. Quite stylised with a raised plate carrying 4 different bowls with a main course each.
While all the food was being eaten away, i must tell you about the piece de resistance of the evening! The belly dancing babe : ) authentic egyptian ishtyle! While most of us enjoyed the belly dance, I really dint think it was authentic belly dance, coz it dint compare to the one I had seen in Cairo last year around the same time. Lot of flesh was on show but all from a distance : ). Some guys in their inebriated state did join the girl ont he dance floor, notably including Anup U, Sanjay J, Rajiv S and lots other. Sudhir and KV kept a safe distance.
The desserts took an unsually long time to arrive, at one point in time, almost everyone started to leave, but belly dancer was introduced yet again, making every one return to their seats … you know where the priority of all the men lay : )
Dessert was absolutely awesome, a combination in small measures of Srikhand, Gulabjamun and finger lickin mousse of chocolat, a tribute yet again to our colonisers !
All in all a sumptuous evening and in my view the best office party i have ever attended! Long live HR : )