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.
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.
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.
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.
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.