CHENNAI: In contrast to the dinner he hosted for his esteemed Chinese guest on Friday, which featured a predominantly South Indian fare, the lunch Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered to Xi Jinping on Saturday had an elaborate pan Indian menu.
Saturday’s menu included delicacies from Kashmir, Delhi, Maharashtra, specialities popularised by the Nawabs of Lucknow and the Mughals, in addition to prawns and fish from the Arabian Sea.
Soon after a tour of handicrafts and handloom of Tamil Nadu, the two leaders retired to the Fisherman’s Cove Hotel, where Modi had been staying, for lunch. Modi had also hosted an elaborate dinner on Friday for the Chinese President with a live kitchen near the Shore temple in Mahabalipuram.
Xi seems to have relished the dinner and the discussion for the meet, which was to get over by 8 pm, stretched to well past 9.30 pm.