The thought of a lazy Sunday, a glass of Champagne, some lip smacking food on your plate, beautiful water bodies, well manicured gardens spread over 8 acres of land and a serene atmosphere sounds like a perfect day! In today’s regular Sunday routines of mall-shopping and waiting in queues at restaurants to get your seat, this thought surely seems like a dream.
But we saw our dream coming true when we stepped our foot at this 5 star luxury property on NH-8, Dusit Devarana. Once you are greeted by the smiling staff and guided inside through the door, you are transformed in an altogether different world. Being in the city, it gives you a feeling of solitude when you hear no noises of the cars but the sound of the trees, when you see no water puddles but clean water bodies, and when the calmness of the place makes you one with yourself than speak words of noise.
It was like a treasure hunt finding the restaurant from the entrance, but the sight of it made it all worth it. It just seemed like a place to sit, relax and enjoy your Sunday with your loved one. Though we saw families enjoying their lunch, the place seemed more like a lover’s paradise. A small cosy restaurant, and beautifully tailored dressed (Yes, I loved their dress code) staff showing willingness to make us comfortable got smile on our face. Since I had read their Iah bar making name for the cocktails, I decided to try Mimosa and Green Apple Martini. Maneesh had the Mumm’s champagne and we enjoyed sipping our beverages going through the brunch menu.
The menu, as we were told by the Executive Chef Nishant Choubey, was designed in such a way, to provide a variety of choice for the brunch and also to serve fresh-on-the-table. There is no spread out brunch due to the space constraint in the restaurant, and the Chef likes it that way, as he believes custom-cooking helps reduce wastage and guests enjoy the food more which suits their palates than forcibly eating what’s a part of the menu. A bread basket, some salads and warm fresh appetizers started making their way on our table. We recommend having the Dimsums, the paneer tikka (with an interesting combination of orange marmalade stuffing), the crumb fried prawns and Murgh Malai kebab. Maneesh also relished on the Prawn Tom yum soup, and we both couldn’t help appreciate their Thai Chef after I tasted the Veg thai green curry served to me with steamed rice. The pastes, as we were told are made fresh and the chef prefers following the traditional method of making it on a mortar-pestle than the grinder. The thin-crust hand rolled pizza (both vegetarian and non vegetarian) is worth a mention too.
Amongst the main course entrees, I also loved the South Indian sepu wadis which are basically deep or shallow fried dumplings made of lentils served in a gravy of tomato and coconut. Maneesh enjoyed the Lamb Nilgiri Korma and special mention to the Malabar Parathas served alongwith. We ended this gastronomic experience over a little chat with Chef Nishant, and some spoon licking desserts served by the pastry Chef Anand Panwar. A tasting portion of the Tahitian Vanilla Choux (which I tasted for the first time, and hence bothered the chef asking a lot of questions about) was melt-in-the-mouth. The raspberry sorbet and the lemon Meringue tart is a must try too, along with their Indian desserts of Gulab jamun and Paan Kulfi falooda.