Many restaurants in India are known for their iconic thali meals which are grand celebration of flavours in a single platter. A hotel in Pune has been luring food lovers to try out their exclusive thali meals. However, there is a catch. Those who manage to eat their enormous thali that weighs around 4 kg would win a stylish Royal Enfield bullet bike. Atul Weikar, the owner of the Sivaraj hotel in Pune had announced this unique eating competition to recover from the crisis that his business had faced due to the lockdown.
Those who have attempted this ‘heavy’ task say that it isn’t easy at all. The contestant has to finish the thali meal that mostly consists of delicious non-vegetarian dishes within an hour. The person who licks the plate clean can go home on their brand new bullet. Five bullet bikes are up for grabs and they are parked right in front of the hotel at Maval in Vadgaon, Pune. Somnath Pawar, a native of Solapur in Maharashtra was the first person to win the bike after he ate the jumbo thali in under an hour.
The bullet thali is a fabulous spread of 12 non vegetarian dishes. The platter that has around 4 kilos of food consists of mutton dishes, fried fish, tandoori chicken, mutton dry, grey mutton, chicken masala and prawns biryani.
Sivaraj hotel may not be your best option if you are someone who enjoys food in small quantity. The menu offers more than 65 varieties of thali meals. However, what draw one’s attention are its interesting names. Ravan thali, bullet thali, malwani thali, fayalwan mutton thali and bakasur thali are some of their popular meals. The price of these thali meals is as heavy as the platters. The thali meals here cost from Rs 2500 onwards. Sivaraj hotel that was opened around 8 years ago is known for conducting such excessive eating competitions. Some time back, the hotel had held a competition in which a team of four members had to complete a mega Ravan thali that weighs eight kilos. The winners were given a cash reward of Rs 5000 besides providing the thali for free.
Foodies say they are game for the challenge as they could win a bullet bike if they finish the thali in an hour or could at least taste a delicious meal and post the pictures of the giant platter on the social media to grab some ‘likes’.