The sprawling restaurant named Bevina is a structure completely made of wood and I was fascinated by the “natural” windows with open spaces all around for one to savour nature’s bounty, the passing clouds over the distant mountains and a closer look of some of the birds (among the 40 varieties that kurumba valley boasts of) perched on trees surrounding Bevina. As we were feeling quite ravenous we headed to the buffet area and noticed the large spread comprising the day’s soup , crisp okra, fried rice and a variety of side dishes like mutter paneer, mixed vegetable, Manchurian, bitter gourd curry besides dhal, rice, sambar, rasam and of course salad and papad. We took a table at the far end and even as we finished with the starters, the waiter brought hot phulkas and asked if we wished to have some more of them. During our five day stay at the resort the hospitality of the staff matched the quality of food and its variety (no dish was repeated either at breakfast, lunch or dinner) I thought. What impressed me most was the liberal use of fresh vegetables in all the dishes served unlike in restaurants /hotels in Chennai.
After I climbed back to the Reception, not a pleasant experience I tell you after a hearty meal, I slumped into the sofa and I picked up a book at random from one of the book shelves (the Reception has a miniature library which was a welcome sight) and found it so engrossing that I decided to finish reading it as soon as I could. The title was “The Chain of Evidence” by Michael Detroit.
(to be concluded…)
N. Meera Raghavendra Rao