Dine at leisure... By Ayesha Shahid Polo is a particular obsession of the rich and famous in Lahore and food has almost become a passion for Laborites. No wonder, the Polo Lounge has become a crowd puller in the midst of a foodie boom when people are always in the hunt of good eateries. The restaurant proved to be a pleasant discovery for me though it came into being in 2002. The lounge has become a regular haunt for polo players, socialites and food lovers. As thee name suggests the Polo Lounge is conveniently located near the Polo Ground.

One is taken back in time to the world of polo as you enter the restaurant's premises. The feeling is continued through out the dining experience as the d'ecor is replete with the polo imagery. The d'ecor is elegant yet cozy and makes you feel as comfortable and spoiled as in a lounge with easy listening music and comfy sofas. The mahogany is the color that dominates the ambience and accentuates the otherwise understated lighting and d'ecor. The spacious Polo Ground visible through the French windows serves as a sensuous treat. The refreshing fruit smoothies and iced tea is a sure way to quench your summer thirst before you place the order The enormous menu covers soups, appetizers, salads, beef and chicken entrees, sea food (seasonal), sandwiches, pasta, desserts and beverages.

Prawn tempura and sesame chicken serve as tantalizing appetizers. The appetizers lie in the range of Rs. 219 to Rs. 239. Beef and chicken entrees set back in between Rs. 299 to Rs.

629. Beef steak with herb risotto and spinach is a major hit among beef lovers. One of the most popular dishes on the menu is the chef's special saddle prawns at Rs. 699 (stuffed with cheese, onions and mushrooms imported from southern France and served with saut " eed vegetables). Other alluring dishes include the stuffed chicken (chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella and mushrooms, served with a creamy jalapeno pepper and mushroom sauce) and the avocado and jocca cottage cheese salad (avoca does, fresh button mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumber, cottage cheese in Italian vinaigrette on a bed of Iceberg lettuce topped with jocca cottage and parmesan). One of the most expensive dishes served in the lounge is lobsters in oriental sauce at Rs.

1299. The palate's call for the sweet cannot be better answered than by chocolate puddle cake which is a two layer brownie with fudge filling between and covered in chocolate fudge glaze. The lounge also offers different varieties of cigars such as Dunhill and Benson and Hedges. It is well said that a good restaurant does not have to measure up in the food department alone.

Fine dining includes courteous service as well. I found that the Polo Lounge provides an exclusive service to make you feel at home and comfortable. It serves you some of the best food available in Lahore and the exquisite upscale ambience makes it a worth visiting place.