Hyderabad: The iconic Taj Mahal hotel, which used to be an indispensable chapter of every memory related to life in Secunderabad, has opened again. The hotel, which had downed its shutters on February 5, 2017, to undergo a major renovation process, was thrown open again on Friday in a completely new avatar. The new Taj is now a multi-floor building, boasting of more banquet halls, extended seating facility, more parking area and yes, more items on its popular menu.
There were days when breakfast had to be from Taj Mahal, whether it was the crispy dosa and piping hot sambar, or for sumptuous lunch with tangy pickles and spicy powders. For gourmets and friends who wanted to have a chat over a cup of hot filter coffee, Taj was the place to go.
The management hopes to live up to its image of yore, with the G+ 5 structure now having bigger restaurants and a spacious parking area that can accommodate around 200 cars at a time. The building now has four banquet halls, while the restaurant has both AC and non-AC areas, each with a seating capacity of 184. The hotel is also hoping to increase its patronage.
“We used to sell at least 500 meals for lunch and we hope the number will go up now,” said, S Kiran Kumar, a staff who is happy to be back in the hotel.
The menu includes a wide variety of snacks, Taj specials, sandwiches, chaats, salads, soups, starters, rice and noodles, Chinese and North Indian dishes, Tandoori, beverages, meals, sweets , ice cream and so on.
Established in October 1947 by B. Babu Rao, a resident of Udupi, the older Taj was spread over 2,200 square yards and used to register a footfall of about 2,000 visitors a day.
The hotel also offers space for conferences, weddings, seminars, parties and other events.