Foodie reviews the Swearing-In Dinner

I had been looking forward to visiting the Rashtrapati Bhavan lawns for the Swearing-In dinner and the was elated on receiving the invitation to sample the fare there. I had the chance to take 4 of my friends along as well. The place is centrally located in Delhi with ample parking and very cordial staff who ushered us in. The live performances were a bit dull with lots of speeches, something that the music lover in me didn’t enjoy.

The dinner started with chilled melon soup, which was a welcome relief in the Delhi heat. Tandoori Aloo was a favorite amongst those spent time in front of the TV or in TV studios. Galauti Kabab was very much in demand, and the “Kabab mein Haddi” phrase was repeated throughout the duration the group spent eating it. Kerala Stew reminded the Malayalis that they are in deep waters in terms of getting anything from the Centre while Chettinad Chicken was a stark warning to their eastern neighbours that they’d only get bones for crying at every opportunity. Dhoklas were a hit and if not for them running out of stock, we’d have asked for a refill of our plates.  They didn’t serve green chillies when asked, though, which was seen as a blow to the experience. The east was represented by Potoler Dorma, which was filled with fish that was maoist and tender. We moved to the desserts soon and the mango shrikhand was symbolic in two ways. One, it represented the aam aadmi. Two, it comes from a state which is expected to get a sweet deal.

I’d have given the place 5/5 because the service was really good, but the noise created by the newly sworn-ins scrambling for selfies ruined the mood and the staff did nothing to calm them down.

I’d visit this place after 5 years.


About V
A software developer by profession, Milcom is a football lover and considers music as his religion. While he is not working, he likes reading blogs, listening to music, reading novels or simply sitting idle, in which he is a world champion.

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