There’s very little that’s nationalistic about a parochial protest that seeks to shut the city down - especially if the irony is that the next day happens to be Republic Day. Yet, a long weekend, however engineered it may have been, is a great excuse to indulge in a long, lazy brunch under the banyan tree at Vivanta by Taj, Yeshwantpur.
What makes it more special is it is a brunch tinged with patriotic fervour.
The brunch under the banyan tree at Vivanta is perhaps one of the most extensive brunches in the city. It features a plethora of dishes, from a gamut of cuisines. There are live stations, charcuterie displays, a boulangerie, a BBQ station and even a detox and healthy juices section.
Of course, given the day and its significance, the Tiranga (translated, tricolour) Paneer Tikka has makes an appearance, as does the Tricolour Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli In Porcini Emulsion as well as a Tiranga Chaat, made at the live station.
Apart from that you have a whole lot of salads including a Srilankan Karuvilla salad - a fried salad with a tamarind dressing as well as starters to choose from. The main course has several options as well: Asian dishes like Chilly Basil Noodles, South Indian dishes like Mysore Rasam, North Indian buffet staples like Dal Makhani and Tandoori Chicken, a live station featuring Thai curries and lots more.
Oh wait, and there’s the also Tiranga Halwa to add sweetness to our celebration of the Republic.