With further easing of the nighttime curfew and a drastic drop in Covid-19 cases, restaurants in the state capital are doing everything they can to bring customers back to the table. They try every means, including Sunday brunches, reopening discounts, restaurant relaunch, musical attraction and elaborate menu, to get people out of their homes for a renewed dining experience.
Due to social distancing standards, the number of seats has decreased significantly, so it is not possible to return to footsteps before the pandemic, says restaurateur Jatin Ahuja. “We offer 25% discounts on Mondays and Tuesdays at Royal Sky. On other days we offer 20% off on top of the weekend music attraction. In our Colors lounge, we currently have elaborate buffets to attract people and continue to make exclusive additions like Rajasthan or Chinese cuisine, ”he adds.
The Taj Mahal hotel recently launched an elaborate Sunday brunch at Sahib Café. “The live counters and unlimited non-alcoholic cocktails are the attraction of our brunch. Our team of chefs led by Nagendra Singh have prepared a choice menu where the special features are Mexican fajita, chaat lakhnawi, Asian satay and awadhi biryani. To create a relaxed atmosphere, we have live performances from singer Utkarsh Srivastava, ”says Shabahat Husain, deputy sales manager of the hotel.
International dishes are widely introduced along with local flavors. “In our multi-cuisine Kava restaurant, we added a daily fresh roast. Jumbo couple cocktails, unlimited mocktails, grills, chaat and kebab have been added to our menu. We also have special plans for Diwali, ”says Sachin Malhotra, manager of the Fairfield by Marriott hotel.
Renaissance also plans to bring back Sunday brunch after Navratri.
To boost sales and attract locals, The Piccadily has reopened its Punjab restaurant with new add-ons. “Our executive chef Ajay Avasthi presented some specialties of choice dishes for the locals. These include sarso ka saag with makki ki roti, paneer tikka Jalandhari, dhabe da kukkad, bheja mutton and many others, ”explains hotel sales manager Sagar Srivastava.
Ramada Lucknow presented live music performances at its buffet restaurant which now offers an extensive menu. “We have launched an aesthetic brunch in which we provide a live platform for customers to show off their talent in our specialty restaurant and art gallery. We will post it on our social media platforms, ”said its Deputy Executive Director Amitesh Singh.
“It seems like things are gradually getting back on track, but everyone is careful because we are still in a pandemic and we cannot let our guard down,” Husain adds.