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April 13, 2011

Oh Calcutta, New Delhi…interesting and good bengali delicacies

They serve a buffet lunch here but being the gluttons that we were, we opted to create our own personalised buffet by choosing from the ala carte menu.

We picked bengali delicacies like Koshan Mangsho – pot roasted mutton with traditional spices in traditional style of calcutta. It was nice. The meat was slightly spicy and the very thick red gravy went well with the naan we were having. The mochar chop (banana flower croquettes) was also up to the mark. Daab Chingri (prawns cooked in tender coconut cream) featured large, succulent shrimps so fresh they almost seem to be swimming in the tender green coconut in which they are served. Magnificent. The (deshelled) crabmeat cooked in mango flavoured mustard gravy with young ginger is a good and memorable choice. What about the classical railway mutton curry? Well, the meat was nice but the curry was not flavourful enough. Must try my personal favourite, fish fry (fried fish calcutta style).

On the whole the restaurant has a good ambience and the food is good not great, but those who want Bengali cuisines would find it interesting. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

March 26, 2011

Punjab Grill, New Delhi…pretending to be a 5-star restaurant

This place pretends to be a 5-star restaurant. It is most definitely not!

We had the tandoori duck and fish curry. It’s average. Nothing much to write about. Perhaps the only thing worth mentioning is the grain and texture of the rice is very nice. Overall, it was relatively pricey as well.

The staff were attentive but they simply don’t understand the meaning of the word prompt. They were  awfully slow in serving the rice and bringing the bill. If it wasn’t for my constant reminders, by the time we received the bill and rice, we wouldn’t have been young anymore.

Do yourself a favour and eat elsewhere. This is the true truth as I still say it as it is…

March 1, 2011

Sevilla, Claridges, New Delhi…I was spellbound by the uniqueness of the ambience.

The overall setting and ambiance of Sevilla is definitely is a great date place. If you are one of those people who loves the open air, this is going to be your heaven. A fancy fire and open flames and in winter deep troughs provided the warmth. The private canopied seating near the waterfall is the best table in the house however I was expecting more authentic Spanish fare.

Ambience aside, there are few “Ole”moments with the food and beverage. The traditional spanish Sangria de Cava is Dead seamissing from the menu. We were told they have a wide selection of vodkas, so we tried the next best thing: order a bottle of Pinky (which was being offered in the menu). We were sadly told they ran out of stock as a private party drank the bar dry the night before. We eventually settled for a pitcher of Sangria and a bottle of sparkling wine …to make our own Sangria de Cava.

All three tapas we ordered seems to be prepared in the Dead Sea. They were overwhelmingly salty. It was inedible and we sent them back to the hell from which they came from.

My local Indian friend had to call 6 times to try to make a booking for a table. it’s a pity the rest of the experience doesn’t match the hypnotic magic they’d created with the setting because it’s a delightful spot in Delhi. One must note that it is open only for dinner from 7.30 p.m. to a bit beyond midnight. This is the true truth because I am still saying it as it is…

February 27, 2011

Sheraton New Delhi…good dining options in hotel and its vicinity

Dated decor but friendly service – prompt and courteous.

Its location in the new and exciting commercial center of Saket in South Delhi is great as it is very near to three malls – MGF Metropolitan (you can skip this one. You won’t miss anything), Select Citywalk and DIF Place. With so many eateries in these malls (TGIF and Hard Rock Cafe are there if you want some comfort food) and the very good Dakshin, Sheraton’s restaurant that specialises in authentic South Indian cuisine, you’ll never go hungry during your stay. Dakshin’s prawn masala and mushroom masala is recommended but forget the kodi briyani. It’s mushy and soggy. Baywatch is their breakfast room with high ceiling, great pool view and lush landscapes. M Prakash, the chef remembers my special dosa order 2 days later. The mango shake is  a WOW. At this hotel and with the malls beside, you can find that glutton in you.

A couple of hiccups. The internet assistant blamed the  front office for my inconnectivity but when I called front office, they said there is no problem. At 1am, they conspired to waste 25 mins of my time when I simply wanted to send one email before hitting the bed. I ordered a car and driver at the concierge but the car arrived late, causing me to be late for my appointment.

All things considered, you can’t go wrong with Sheraton New Delhi. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

February 21, 2011

Moti Mahal Delux, New Delhi…a BIG thumbs down!

This Moti Mahal Delux I went to was located outside Select City Walk, Saket. I am telling you its location, so you can avoid it and save yourself the misery I had. It was extremely disappointing.

First impressions were so good. The decor is elegant. The place is well lit and enough spacious. The service was quick but when the food arrived, that’s when it all went downhill. This place prides itself for serving the best tandoori food and this much I know: this claim is furthest from the truth. Our tandoori fish tikka was salty and remarkable. Remarkably bad and awful. In short: Inedible. We had the garlic naan and butter chicken which was acceptable but nothing out of the ordinary.

In all credit, the server came to enquire how our food was and when we told him our fish was probably from the dead sea, he retrieved it and offered to serve us a new portion. But once bitten, twice shy…we declined. However, he graciously waived the fish from the bill.

This was my first and and will be my last visit to Moti Mahal Delux. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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