The Hibiscus Court is the restaurant at Savista Retreat. We are vegetarian. Breakfast is western-style. The other meals are a combination of south and north Indian cuisines, with a selection of cosmopolitan elements – soups, and a special focus on salads – all cooked in home-style.
Food philosophy: Our food philosophy is farm-to-fork: vegetarian, organic, healthy, glocal.
Sourcing the ingredients: The cereals (wheat, millets, barley), beans, oilseeds (from which we press our own cooking oil) and most of the vegetables are from the Savista farm where they are grown free from chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Other ingredients (including spices are sourced locally.
Slow cooking: Each meal is freshly prepared from scratch for the number of persons eating, using the freshest ingredients including spice blends. The traditional slow cooking process is a layered and textured one, and is calculated to retain freshness and natural flavours. The tasting menu is pre-set, and consists of five courses.
Ambience: We believe that food should be eaten in an ambience that is calm, unhurried, natural and elegant. The Hibiscus Court is set in a grove of ancient trees heady with fragrance from leafy walls of flowering hibiscus, frangipani, henna and other shrubs, with lush gardens and open countryside stretching out in all directions around it. Seating is outdoors at most times of year, and indoors in extreme hot and cold weathers.
Breakfast is usually to the accompaniment of twittering birds and whooping parrots.
Lunch is served alfresco.
Dinner is candle-lit, warmed in winter by braziers if in the open, or by fireplaces if in the indoors.
N.B.: We are happy to take account of individual health concerns (e.g. food allergies) if informed in advance.
For those with lactose allergy (generally this is allergy to cow’s milk), we offer the option of delicious fresh buffalo milk. The milch cattle are fed grass from the Savista farm.