Epicurean Elegance: Exploring G-20 Star Host Taj Mahal Hotel's Machan

Epicurean Elegance: Exploring G-20 Star Host Taj Mahal Hotel's Machan

By Author

Published on October 7, 2023

In the heart of Delhi stands an iconic culinary and architectural masterpiece, the Taj Mahal Hotel. It’s not just a hotel but a symbol of tradition, legacy, and modern innovation. One of its most cherished gems is the Machan restaurant, a name that resonates with both nostalgia and novelty.

Machan isn't just another restaurant in the city; it’s a story that began in 1978. Envision cane and wood furniture, a collection of traditional lanterns, paintings, and the presence of a royal Indian touch. This is a place where yesteryears meet today, where signature dishes from decades past are served with the same affection and innovation as the new ones.

In its latest incarnation, Machan 3.0, you'll be welcomed by an aesthetic brilliance that honors both flora and fauna. It's an environment inspired by the forests of India and beyond. Imagine dining under the stunning cane tree canopies, amidst the artistry of terracotta animal masks crafted by local talents, with the magnificence of the Indian Tiger gracing the walls. This isn’t just dining; it’s an experience, a journey through nature, and a dance of flavors.

Every dish tells a story, every bite is a melody of the forests and their rich, varied legacy. The Tehucan Salad, Mushrooms on the Forest Floor, The Ocean Turns Purple - these are more than just menu items; they are a gateway to a world where food is art and dining is an experience. Machan’s focus on sustainability is evident; the restaurant prides itself on a significant reduction in carbon footprint and the complete abandonment of single-use plastics. A dining experience here isn’t just pleasing to the palate but is also a nod to our collective responsibility towards Mother Earth.

The revival of Machan is a harmony of the old and new. It brings back the classic favorites from the 1978 menu at their original prices – a journey back in time, combined with new, global flavors. Pug Marks, Mushroom On The Forest Floor, Carnero Barbacoa, the signature The Number One cocktail - each dish and drink is a masterpiece, a harmonious blend of the legacy and the contemporary. Amidst the city's hustle and bustle, the ambiance of natural light pouring in through huge windows offers an oasis of calm and luxury.

When Executive Chef Arun Sundararaj stepped into the reimagined space of Machan in 2015, he knew the legacy he was inheriting. The emotional attachment of the patrons, the nostalgic reminiscences of first dates and cherished meetings - these were the soul of Machan. The refurbishment wasn’t just physical; it was emotional, thoughtful. The menu, meticulously crafted, offers thematic sections, inspired by various forests of India, invoking an experience that is as rich in flavors as it is in culture and tradition.

Machan bids adieu to buffets, embracing an à la carte experience, aimed at engaging guests from the moment they settle in. A meticulous process where chefs have access to a database format recipe module, enhancing precision and elevating the culinary experience. Sundararaj’s innovation doesn’t just lie in the flavors but also in the unique guest experiences, like inviting patrons to witness the culinary artistry unfold in the kitchen - an immersive experience that bridges the gap between the chefs and diners.

Seven years into his journey at the Taj Mahal, every moment is as vibrant and dynamic as the city the hotel resides in. Every guest, from heads of state to local patrons, is a testament to the timeless allure of this establishment. At Machan, dining isn’t just about the food; it’s about the stories that unfold at every table, the memories crafted in every corner, and the legacy that is served on every plate.

Mayenda Introduces Reposado Double Cask: A New Era in Sipping Tequila

Mayenda Introduces Reposado Double Cask: A New Era in Sipping Tequila

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on June 16, 2024

Mayenda Tequila, known for its innovative approach to tequila-making, has just launched its latest creation: Mayenda Tequila Reposado Double Cask. This new addition to the Mayenda lineup offers an elevated sipping experience, perfect for those looking to savor a refined tequila this summer.


Building on the success of Mayenda Blanco, the first tequila made with the brand's unique process of infusing roasted agave and agave miel (honey) before the final distillation, the Reposado Double Cask takes things a step further. This tequila undergoes a six-month aging process in a combination of American and European oak barrels, enhancing its complexity and depth.


Jesus Susunaga, Maestro Tequilero at Casa San Nicolás, explains the inspiration behind the new release: “With Mayenda Blanco, we knew we had unlocked new possibilities for expressing deeper flavors of the agave, thanks to the two extra steps in our signature process; yet it still felt like we had only scratched the surface of what was possible. When developing our Reposado, we decided to employ a double cask maturation and longer aging process. This resulted in an exceptionally smooth and balanced, aged tequila that maintains the soul of our beloved Blanco.”

Mayenda's signature process starts with 100% Blue Weber agave, grown in the highlands of Jalisco. The roasted agave and agave miel infusion before the final distillation step adds unique, naturally deepened notes of roasted agave and herbal complexity. This process sets Mayenda apart from other premium tequilas, creating a soulful, honeyed, and multi-dimensional flavor profile.

For the Reposado Double Cask, the tequila is aged in both American and European oak barrels. The American oak imparts rich, sweet notes of butterscotch, honeycomb, and vanilla, while the European oak adds a dry, spicy, and earthy profile with hints of cinnamon, chamomile, and red apple. This careful balance of flavors is achieved through a longer aging process of six months, compared to the typical two to three months for most Reposado tequilas.


Every drop of Mayenda Tequila is meticulously blended by Susunaga and his team at Casa San Nicolás to ensure the highest quality and consistency. Susunaga's extensive experience with aged spirits has enabled him to master this delicate craft, pioneering a new type of tequila in Mayenda.

Mayenda Reposado Double Cask can be enjoyed neat or in elevated cocktails like the Morita Martini or Elevated Paloma. Recipes and more information are available on the Mayenda website.

This elegant sipping tequila will be available in select retailers in the United States and Mexico starting June 2024, with a suggested retail price of $75 USD per 750 mL bottle or 1,445 Pesos in Mexico. As always, please sip responsibly.

For more about Mayenda Tequila and its innovative process, visit mayendatequila.com.

Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli Unveils TG’s - The Oriental Grill

Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli Unveils TG’s - The Oriental Grill

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on June 16, 2024

Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli proudly announces the grand opening of TG’s The Oriental Grill, a new Teppanyaki restaurant set to redefine the culinary landscape in Hyderabad. This modern dining venue features a vibrant array of Japanese and other Far Eastern cuisines, including Thai, Indonesian, and Vietnamese, all expertly prepared live on Teppanyaki grills.

TG’s The Oriental Grill embraces the philosophy of “Eat what you see!”, promoting transparency and engagement in the dining experience. Guests can witness their meals being prepared right before their eyes, turning dining into a captivating culinary performance. The talented chefs not only cook but also entertain, showcasing their skills and creating an interactive dining atmosphere.

Located within the elegant Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli, TG’s offers more than just a meal – it provides a complete sensory experience. Diners are encouraged to interact with the chefs, ask questions about the dishes, and request personalized modifications to suit their tastes. This direct engagement adds a personal touch and deepens the appreciation of the cuisine.

The ambiance at TG’s exudes the warmth of an opulent living room, creating a perfect setting for an unforgettable culinary journey. Every detail, from the stylish decor to the impeccable service, is thoughtfully designed to enhance the dining experience.

TG’s chefs use only the freshest ingredients to craft mouthwatering Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, and Vietnamese dishes. The live preparation ensures that each dish is bursting with flavor and freshness. The chefs' interaction with guests goes beyond cooking; they share culinary techniques and stories, enriching the dining experience.


“At Hyatt Gachibowli, we strive to create unforgettable moments for our guests,” said Somnath Dey, General Manager of Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli. “With the introduction of TG's - The Oriental Grill, we are looking to transform the culinary scene in Hyderabad by offering a wide range of Japanese and other Far Eastern cuisines like Thai, Indonesian, and Vietnamese, all prepared live on Teppanyaki grills right in front of you. The launch of TG's marks a significant milestone for us, demonstrating our unwavering commitment to culinary excellence. We warmly invite our guests to join us on this magical culinary journey and witness the excitement of our live Teppanyaki kitchen. We guarantee to excite your taste buds and ignite the inner chef in you. Indulge in our delectable dishes, witness the mesmerizing show, and depart with cherished memories of a dining experience unlike any other.”


TG’s The Oriental Grill at Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli offers a dining experience that goes beyond the ordinary. Whether you're a fan of Japanese cuisine or eager to explore other Far Eastern flavors, TG’s provides an engaging and memorable dining adventure.

Celebrate Father's Day with an Exquisite Brunch at Eros Hotel New Delhi

Celebrate Father's Day with an Exquisite Brunch at Eros Hotel New Delhi

By Nishang Narayan

Published on June 15, 2024

Make this Father's Day truly special with an unforgettable brunch experience at the luxurious Eros Hotel New Delhi Nehru Place. Nestled in the heart of Nehru Place, Eros Hotel invites you to a lavish brunch at its elegant restaurant, Blooms. Delight in a culinary journey of gourmet dishes, bask in the refined ambiance, and enjoy special surprises designed to bring a smile to your dad's face.

Known for its exceptional culinary experiences and commitment to service, Eros Hotel New Delhi has crafted a special menu for Father's Day, featuring a delightful selection of Indian, Chinese, and Continental dishes. Enhance your gastronomic adventure with refreshing summer drinks, including sparkling wine, beer, white spirits, cocktails, and mocktails tailored to your preferences.


Celebrate the essence of fatherhood and the unique bond you share with your dad by treating him to a brunch that will make him feel cherished. This isn't just a meal; it's a heartfelt tribute to the man who has always been there for you, celebrating his love and guidance.

About Eros Hotel New Delhi

Eros Hotel New Delhi Nehru Place is an iconic luxury destination. Known for its exceptional service, state-of-the-art facilities, and outstanding culinary offerings, the hotel provides an unparalleled experience for both leisure and business travelers.

Event Details:

Venue: Blooms, Eros Hotel New Delhi Nehru Place

Timings: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Price: INR 3250 plus taxes

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