We were teetotalers for the evening and settled on a range of mocktails - a mint and ginger one, an orange julep and a kiwi flavored virgin mojito that you see below. All of these were well mixed and great on the taste factor, nothing over or under-done as mocktails can sometimes be.
We went in for the non-vegetarian platter which from the description alone we felt was good enough for four adults. We were not wrong. The platter was loaded with seared fish cakes chicken filo boreks, lamb and bulgur dolmas, zahttar, labaneh roll, hummus, aioli and fattoush and pita bread. Having parents who lived close to two decades in the Gulf, this platter did bring back a lot of good memories for them. And I personally loved the dolmas here compared to the ones at Ranoosh.
zahttar, labaneh roll, hummus, aioli and fattoush
Mom prefers to go vegetarian most of the time and she decided on the vegetable tagine with rice. The dish was uncovered at the table and the aroma hits everyone around with a good smack. It's a good thing all our dishes came out at the same time or mom would not have had much of her dinner left. The rice was fluffy and well flavored. You might think looking at it that the dish would go dry mid-way, but it does not. The vegetables were slightly tangy and the crunch of the toasted almonds or melon seeds (not too sure) made every bite great.
Dad, pork lover that he is, went in for the Pork tenderloin Souvlaki. Easily good for two people with small appetites like my parents. I did manage to swipe a bit which he gave to me grudgingly. And that taste was enough to see why he was protecting his plate from the likes of Sudhakar and me.
Sudhakar had the pan-seared basa which was served on a bed of vegetables. It did feel like an entire fish placed on a plate in terms of quantity. Again, taste-wise nothing to fault from the presentation to the combination of veggies and the taste. A nice clean plate was the best compliment Sudhakar could give.
I never pass up a risotto and so far have loved it completely only at Bangalore Bistro (wonder if their new outlet on Cunningham road is open now?) and at Chianti recently. I went in for the bacon and cauliflower risotto, after all, bacon makes everything great. But this risotto was really that good. The taste was not monotonous, the texture was creamy, with every grain of rice being soft enough to feel good and firm enough for you not feel like you are eating porridge. I loved it.
By the time we reached this part of the meal, Anoushka got a little fidgety in her sleep and we were just too stuffed to do desserts (which I regretted half hour after reaching home). The service was great and well timed. Despite being a full house, our glasses were regularly filled, our food brought out in a short while and even our request to tone down the volume on the music (we were right below the speakers) attended to immediately. The loo is small walk from the main restaurant and spotless. This meal for the four and one asleep of us came to around Rs 4800 with all the taxes etc included. Well worth it on an occasion I must say.
Wallet factor: Rs 3000 for two