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Food Review: La Tomatina food festival in Bangalore

Posted by lavanyas013  |  10. August 2011



The La Tomatina festival invests new
meaning in the phrase “paint the town red,” as participants throw tomatoes at each other until the whole town runs with rivers of tomato juice. La Tomatina is a food fight festival originated in the town of Bunol in Valencia, Spain. It is held every year on the last Wednesday of August.
The most unique attraction of this week-long festival is the one hour in which tens of metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.

The preceding week is a pure celebration of music, parades, dancing, and of course the legendary Spanish cuisine. In reverence to the festival, Latitude at Vivanta by Taj has rolled out a menu that offers an assortment of tapas - Spanish style snacks, along with delectable appetizers, entrees, and mouthwatering desserts.

Latitude has become the happy sprouting ground for food festivals from around the globe. It is known for its vibrant celebration of food festivals that originate from various latitudes of the globe, thus keeping up with its brand philosophy of giving you an opportunity of ‘finding your own latitude’.  After a long one hour drive, we reached Latitude extremely hungry and immediately sat down to try the food. A big jar of thirst-quenching Sangria welcomed us and we couldn’t have asked for a better start. Sangria is a wine punch typical of Spain and Portugal, the watered down wine has slices of orange, pineapple and green apple.

Looking at our hungry faces, Chef hurried to the kitchen and sent us the Gazpacho Andalusia. It is a mildly flavoured cold soup served in a glass with a breadstick. It is tasty, sumptuous and satisfying. The Spanish prawn Broth which came in quick succession is melt-in-your-mouth good. The entrée dish Charred lobster has a smoky textural contrast and is worthy-enough option to sink your teeth into.  The Paella is a riot of flavours and comes with an assortment of seafood like chunks of fish, mussels, prawns, oyster and baby squid; they also have a vegetarian alternative to it which is equally scrumptious. We rounded off the meal with Crème Catalan, rich caramelized custard with a hint of orange zest and coconut. To Spain and back in just a day’s time! Truly an experience!!
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A meal for two costs Rs. 1200/-

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