Alfresco- The Lalit Great Eastern

     A long wait ends finally. I badly wanted to visit this restaurant after I heard that it has been handed over to private groups and undergone a huge make over. I still remember those days when I used to come here with my parents since it was my father’s favourite. A 174 years old Asia’s oldest and longest operating hotel has its own essence no doubt.

The manager welcomed us at the
entrance of the restaurant and 
allotted us a table for two just
beside the small water pool. 
The ceiling is covered with glass 
and that day it was raining 
which gave a beautiful view and 
experience all together.
 
 

     Coming to the food, it was a lavish buffet spread. The waiter informed us that starters would be served at table others are arranged in the middle of the room.

    After 10 minutes, we were served with tandoori paneer and chicken nuggets.

Paneer was served with green
 pudina(mint) chutni where as
 chicken was served with
 mayonnaise. Both tasted good but chicken nuggets were a bit dry.


   Then we went for our main course and discovered that there were soups and salads in the starter which were placed along with the main course at one corner.

 
Chicken lung fung soup and
mixed vegetables with sweet
corn soup were really awesome. 
Several types of breads and

buns were there with soup.
The one I took was a bun made
 of brown bread but it was too
hard and I didn’t like it.


A ‘make-your-own-sandwich’ corner was also there with sandwich maker. Salads were good too specially the chicken salad.
    
   In main course, they have a wide spread of vegetarian dishes 

among which I tasted few namely-

  • exotic vegetables with ginger wine sauce, 
  •  potato spinach masala,
  •  kofta and 
  • a recipe with ladies finger.

  I loved potato and mixed vegetable dishes, it was light and tasted great.

 In non-veg section, they have

  • chicken biriyani, 
  • spicy chicken, 
  • mutton ghooghni and 
  • fish florentine.   Fish florentine was so much in demand that i couldn’t even taste properly since they took a long time to refill the container and it took seconds to finish.

    Biriyani was really nice but light whereas spicy chicken tasted fantastic. Ghooghni was also good but very rich in spices.
     

    Two types of Indian drinkswere there-Kesaria thandai 
             and 
    Muskmelon lassi. 

    I just loved the thandai. It was refreshing,delicious in taste and smelt great.



    In dessert, we had fresh fruits-papaya, pine apple, 

    apple, water melon.
    Mishti doi, kala jamun, 
    chom chom and chandrakut 
    were there in Indian section. 
    But mousse, brownie, pineapple tart, 
    pastry were also there. 
    All of them were just perfect to finish our meal.
     

    That day it was too crowded and the staffs face difficulties to attend everyone. Also there was space crunch and food items arrangement were very confusing. otherwise service was good and food too was good. And yes,it is a costly affair.



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