Saturday, 9 November 2013

Savor modern European cuisines at Lodi - The Garden Restaurant

Best known as the capital’s favorite alfresco dining restaurant, Lodi – The Garden restaurant is situated in the heartland of Delhi lush botanical surroundings, pebbled walkways and bamboo railings, the restaurant is an extension of Lodhi Garden itself. With emphasis on fresh home grown products and seasonal ingredients, Lodi’s menu is an eclectic mix of European cuisine with Asian and Middle Eastern influences. The deli, serving home made fresh sauces, dips etc is the recent addition to the restaurant.

The restaurant is well known as a non institutional cultural hub. We work with well known & upcoming artists to organize a wide variety of events & gatherings.

Design & Architecture

The earthy & organic sensibility of Lodi – The Garden Restaurant is highlighted by its lush botanical surrounding, pebbled walkways, cane & wooden furniture and bamboo railings. The Lodi has seating that is split between the Atrium, the Bar Floor, the Terrace, the Garden Area and the Ground Floor.

The Garden area houses a variety of trees including the Jamun & Peepal tree, some more than a 100 years old. Comforting colors like orange have been used to ensure the seamless blending-in of the serene natural environment with that of the Restaurant.


Primarily a European menu with Middle Eastern influences, Lodi – The Garden Restaurant emphasizes on freshness and seasonality. The use of seasonal fruits and vegetables being the fundamental rule in Lodi’s kitchen, the restaurant revamps its menu every season, thus, providing a fresh menu every quarter, which not many places in Delhi can pride themselves on. With an extensive wine list & single malts, Lodi’s bar is a highlight for the restaurant. The Deli houses fresh homemade preserves, butters, sauces, dips & fresh organic vegetables.

The restaurant serves house specials such as Salate Horiatiki, herb crusted Manali Trout and Andaman Jheengha, using locally sourced, seasonal produce.  The Lodi Chocolate Mousse is a particular favourite.  Chefs maintain minimal cold storage of ingredients.  Herbs are grown in-house and Fresh fruit smoothies and vegetable juices are offered, subject to seasonal availability. 

Escape to Pushkar Resorts for a fun family outing this winter

The holy city of Pushkar, located in Rajasthan is one of the oldest cities of India. Being the cradle of Lord Brahma the Creator and a pilgrimage center for all Hindus, Pushkar is a perfect destination for the entire family with interesting things to do for every age.  From the breathtaking dusk at the lake to visiting the ancient Hindu temples or trekking up to the ancient Savitiri temple, there a lot one can explore in and around the ancient city with the entire family, ensuring a quality holiday.

Pushkar Resorts, a unit of Sewara and one of the foremost resorts in Pushkar, offers a perfect getaway destination for the ideal family outing.

From enjoying a kafila ride during the dusk with the family or going biking in the early mornings, Pushkar resorts ensure that the memories created through the tailored itineraries reflecting group activities, last a long while.  Bohemian in nature, the Pushkar market is famed for its wholesale outlets selling varied and interesting products ranging from leather goods to traditional Rajasthani jewelry, clothes etc to antiques and makes an ideal place for mindless gallivanting in the evenings.

While the highlight is a family picnic in the in-house fruit orchard housing mangoes, amla, guavas and banana trees, the games room with facilities like carom, table tennis provide is excellent for quality family time & bonding.

Another highlight is the special family prayer arrangements at the holy lake or scheduling appointments with the local palm readers or a visit to the famed Sufi shrine, The Ajmer Dargah, which is made memorable by guided assistance from a resident priest.

While at the resort, an authentic and memorable Sewara experience is ensured with special qawalli nights, which can be arranged upon request. Singing folk lore and reciting poetry, the local qawals fill the air with soulful music, ideal for a relaxed barbeque evening alongside the pool.

Lakshman Sagar - tranquility amidst Rajasthan badlands

Sprawling over 32 acres at the fringe of the Badlands of India, Lakshman Sagar was built in the late 19th century as a hunting lodge by an ancestor of the present Kunwar of Raipur.  It was used to host noble families and British emissaries. As a continuation of the hospitality and traditions of the house of Raipur, Sewara has envisioned a getaway, though with a conservationist view of the heritage and surroundings. All of this manifests through the endless details in the architecture & design, the cuisine, and the well-thought of activities & non-activities tailored personally for our guests.

Accommodation in Lakshman Sagar 

Lakshman Sagar baithak

Merging indigenous Rajasthani design under the initial guidance of Revathi and Vasant Kamath, the 12 cottages of about 900 sq ft. supplement the existing Mardana and Zanana structures and invoke an experience both private and symbiotic with nature. Divided into two clusters, the cottages that are nestled in the natural topography of the land have been meticulously planned.

All furniture and products have been inspired by products, used and produced locally, making every nuance of the experience, consciously local. On the inside, the grey slate and mud cottages are made in a rough chinai style i.e. with no finishing binder or masala used. The bedroom and living areas flow into one another. A similar flow continues towards the bathrooms, where an open door echoes with the ethos of non-divided spaces of rural homes.

Lakshman Sagar pool
In the bathroom grey slate walls have been polished with lacquer used by local wood-smiths to shine furniture, while bathroom sinks and private plunge pools in each room have been carved out of rough granite rescued from local mining sites.

The style and interiors of Lakshman Sagar were completed by Sahil Bagga & Sarthak Sengupta, inspired through an understanding of the local products used by the villagers and produced locally with a ‘zero kilometre’ concept in mind. Be it the colours used on the property, to the Zanana tables inspired by local Rajasthani women, or light fittings made of milk cans, a conscious effort has been made to draw out the otherwise unexplored nuances of the local culture for the traveler in an otherwise heritage-oriented tourist circuit.

Food and beverages in Lakshman Sagar

Non-Menu System: Customized Private Dining & Lounging Spaces in the Zanana & Mardana Spaces
Employment of Local Women for Traditional Local Rajasthani Cuisine
Open Kitchen Dhaba Concept Traditional Hunting Recipes of the Raipur Family
Campfire Meals & Live Cooking
In-house farming using organic methods around the Lake for Fresh Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs
Emphasis on Seasonality and Local Availability of Ingredients. Picnic Hampers for Excursions.