CLUB PLATE - The "SIGNATURE DISH" of a Club
Musings by Vikram Karve
Outsourcing has ruined the once unique "Club Cuisine".
Today - most clubs "outsource" their catering to contractors.
The result is that there is no difference between club food and restaurant food.
Many clubs may hire the same catering contractor - so the food will be the same in all the clubs.
Earlier - each club had its own dedicated cooks who produced their own special recipes and each club was known for its unique cuisine and signature dish.
Each club had its own unique CLUB PLATE.
Today - if you ask for the CLUB PLATE in a club - the waiters will be clueless.
(Today's clubs don't even have their own waiters - but food is served by the catering contractor's waiters)
There is probably only one club that still serves the CLUB PLATE - the US Club in Mumbai (at least it did till one year back).
I am sure you know that the United Services (US) Club is arguably the best club in India.
Here is a picture of the "CLUB PLATE" which I relished at the US Club Mumbai around than one year ago, on the afternoon of 22 March 2014 to be precise, when I last visited the US Club.
CLUB PLATE at US CLUB
Dear Foodie Friends - if you are a member of a club - do ask for a CLUB PLATE the next time you visit your club.
Hopefully some traditional clubs still serve this signature dish.
And, Dear Foodie - before you eat the club plate - please upload a picture for us to savour the dish in our imagination.