Hailing from a pure vegetarian family (do not mistake me to be one, by definition I am a carnivores) I have always seen my folks enjoying the limited availability of food options when it comes to fine dining. And have wondered, despite a large population of Indians being ardent vegetarian, why our culinary experts have been oblivious to the need of satisfying vegetarian palate.
Therefore, my immediate response on getting to know about this uniquely named restaurant serving all vegetarian spread was to go and try out on first available opportunity. And I carved out a chance on the following Sunday.
The restaurant located in the basement of the hotel (two third of roof shall be at least three storey high) greeted me with openness and a very well laid out furniture. The staff at the entrance welcomed with a lot of warmth and escorted till a table.
Realizing that the spread was huge, I went around checking what all was available. On inquiry I was told that there were more than 160 items to choose from. There were over a dozen salads and a similar number of starters along with Indian dishes like Thepla, Dhokla and Golgappas. 6 variety of cheese was on offer along with soups and multiple varieties of breads. The main course had Indian, Continental, Chinese and South Indian dishes. Live counters were serving assortment of breads and array of Dosas and Pastas. Dessert counter had range of Indian and International servings along with ice creams to choose from.
Editor: There are lot of hearsay on perhaps India’s first vegetarian five star hotel. One of the common story is that the owner invited his Guruji for the ‘bhoomi pujan’. Guruji came but refused to inaugrate a place where alcohol and non-veg would be served. Finally, the owner agreed to the vegetarian suggestion and Guruji accepted the alcohol bit before doing the ‘Bhoomi Pujan’. The name of this restaurant is interesting too but no one, including their PR agency could convey the reasoning behind the name.
In starters I opted for Pita Bread with Hummus; potato and beans salad; Haryali Kabab along with Hot & Sour soup. Hummus was excellent but I missed the generous topping of olive oil. I tried crispy veg from Chinese starters which were served with Thai Chilli sauce. Thepla looked very tempting and I took one along with green chilli pickle and must say that had such a good Thepla after a very long time.
In the main course my first foray was on continental counter. Out of 8 options I tried Yum patties with BBQ sauce and baked Mushrooms with Spinach and Cheese with a helping of sautéed exotic vegetables. Yum patties were excellent and the BBQ sauce was perfect. Preparation of Baked Mushrooms with Spinach and Cheese had a perfect taste of all three key ingredients.
The glamorous north Indian counter had varieties from Bottle Gaud to Paneer Lababdar, combination of Kadi Cawal and live counter of Dal Fry and Dal Makhni. I opted for Sarson Ka Saag (topped it up with butter) and Makki Ki Roti. To add up the taste I also picked up a piece of Gur (Jaggery). The 10 varieties of pickles and options of 6 kinds of curd took me on a Punjabi ride.
I settled for Gajar Ka Halwa and a Chocolate Mousse. Chocolate Mousse had a rich taste of bitter chocolate but feel that the Gajar Ka Halwa should have been slightly more sweeter and cooked a little more.
The all vegetarian lavish buffet served at 64/6 is a validation of experiments being undertaken to satisfy the Indian palate. It also confirms change in food habits of cosmopolitans due to the change in lifestyles brought in by socio economic development and their openness to world culinary delight.
I look forward to my next visit and may cut out on food to savour the copious spread of desserts served on buffet. Undoubtedly this is the best buffet for any 5 star property at its welcome pricing.
Rating out of 5
Food: 4.5, Ambience: 4.5, Service:4.5 | Overall: 4.5
Cost of Buffet: Rs 800 + Taxes for Lunch and Rs 1,000 + Taxes for Dinner |Credit Card: Yes| Alcohol: Yes (Not part of the buffet)
Address: Country Inns & Suites, Site IV, Sahibabad, Uttar Pradesh 201010| Phone: 0120-4180000
– Aman Kapoor