Monday, January 1, 2007

Mela

At the outset, I must admit that my review of the restaurant may be slightly coloured. No, those looking for a racial slur will find none... I am merely making the reader aware that I was looking at the restaurant with ros`e coloured glasses. (hic) I mean... (sic).
The buffet spread was quite lavish, and was quite enough to satisfy both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian palate. Soups, though were quite standard. Tomato shorba for the veggie and chicken shorba for the non-veggies. Mercifully, the clear chicken soup was not massacred with the addition of unnecessary spices.

Salads were never my scene, and apparently the chef shares my sentiment. There was the usual stuff, that can be found at every shaadi and do.
Starters get more interesting, however. Kebabs - and there was no derth of them, were good. The reshmi and chicken tikka kebabs were truly melt-in-your mouth. The bite-sized naans served at your table prove the perfect accompaniment.
Main course, if you're looking for chicken alone, you'll be dissapointed. There's a fish (we had a bengali fish preparation that was simply Yummm), a mutton and a chicken. So I'd suggest taking some of the veggie fare as well. Which is not an altogether bad thing. The handi subzi and the dal were pretty decent.
Now come the desserts. Please spare space for 'em. In fact you can make a whole meal of them. There's crisp Jalebis, kheer and rabdi. Also piping hot Gulab Jamuns and Gajar ka Halwa. The combination of Jalebi- Rabdi or Jamun- Rabdi is a spiritual experience.
Mela- for the Desi in you.

Ambience:** (would have got more stars if there wasn't a huge mother of a back-lit billboard staring at you in the face inside the restaurant)
Value For Money: ***
Food: **1/2*

1 comment:

Instinctive Traveller said...

happy new year! is egaxx a dish with eggs? must be. because that's what my word verification characters read as. : )

i take that as a good omen.