Step into this restaurant, and you feel like you have been transported to some Middle-Eastern palace, complete with chandeliers, beaded decoration and a red theme throughout. It starts feeling a bit tacky after a while, but as first impressions go, it’s pretty impressive.
The restaurant has both buffet and a la carte, but this being a team lunch occasion, we decided to go for the buffet for more value for money. We started off with s light clear chicken soup and an array of salads- egg, caesar, chicken. The Caesar salad had huge chunks of paneer and the chicken salad had way too much tomato sauce. The starters were a better affair- paneer tikka, lemon chicken, fish fingers (or rather thumbs), baked potato, spring rolls and oddly, a fried karela (probably to relieve the guilt of all that hogging). Chaat arrived as dahi vada in a small cup, and a giant masala papad. Service was good, with numerous refills, and among all the starters, the lemon chicken left a long lasting impression, and the paneer was quite good as well.
We were quite stuffed after all the starters, so I tried only a few of the main course items. The vegetarian section had the usual suspects- pulao, aloo gobi, mushroom mutter; murg biriyani, gosht masala and a chicken curry were the non-vegetarian equivalents. The crab masala and the prawn curry were the most memorable parts of the meal- perfectly cooked, succulent meat with a hint of sweetness in the masala, the taste of which remained with me throughout the meal.
How I managed to eat dessert after all this food I don’t know (I didn’t eat a solid meal for another 24 hours, that’s how). The gulab jamuns were warm and fluffy, the pastries (chocolate, strawberry and pineapple) not rock hard (they were dry though), the gajar ka halwa passable and the mousse boring. The coolest thing on the dessert table was the three sauces they gave with the vanilla icecream. The bitter chocolate sauce, the sweet strawberry sauce and the tart kiwi sauce produced an explosion of flavors when they came together.
It is always difficult to review a buffet, because restaurants use it as a way to dish out generic dishes, and the large number of items available makes it difficult to remember how each item rated. This buffet has a good selection teetering on too many, and is complete value for the Rs 449+taxes (total= Rs 570; 10% discount if you pay by cash) it costs.
EPIP, Opposite Vydehi Hospital Bus Stand