Address: Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, Lobby Level, 19, Ashoka Road, Connaught Place, Central Delhi, 110001
Time: 06:00 AM to 01:00 AM
Meals for two: Rs. 3,000
Cuisines: North Indian, Chinese, Continental, Thai, Multi-Cuisine
Facilities: Smoking Area, Air Conditioned, Wifi, Valet Available, Serves Alcohol, Parking, Differently Abled Friendly, Cards Accepted
A large, sprawling room with twists and turns and unexpected corners that was re-modelled three years ago; when it was the talk of the town. Three years is a long time for a honeymoon period but even today, you’d find it a challenge to bag a table without a prior booking, such is its popularity. The most sought-after section is next to the large windows that overlook the garden. Tamra popularity has soared because of the vast buffet spread at lunch and dinner. It encompasses all the cuisines offered, including Thai and Japanese, as well as an enormous dessert spread, all for 2,100 at lunch and 2,300 dinner per head, plus taxes. The best part about the buffet is its inclusiveness. Most people seem to opt for it though I always go for the a la carte Thai section. Chef t Nisa is the shining star at Tamra and Thai is the single-most ordered cuisine. Large as the space is, service is surprisingly efficient.
The finest Thai food, with a spicy kick, comes from the open kitchen of Chef Nisa of the Lanna region (Thailand).Even within the buffet,the section with the most flavour is invariably the Thai section. I picked phad Thai (Rs. 795) and was presented a meal in a bowl, com plete with crushed peanuts, chilli flakes and lime wedges to season chewy noodles and prawns cooked to retain their crunch. From the western section, I or dered fish of the day with green beans, skillet potatoes with anchonade sauce (Rs. 1,345). The fish turned out to be seabass, albeit not the Chilean variety with its trademark flakes. The one section that still has to find its feet is the Japanese counter, perhaps because of the chef who has just joined: the rice in the maki rolls was over-cooked and the filling was dis mayingly desi, though the sashimi and the nigiri were perfect in my sushi mori awase platter. What was a revelation was the Indian section: Mama’s kitchen has chikkad chole and kadhi pakode for those who seek home tastes; my Ambala mutton curry (Rs. 1295) was rich and fragrant and was served with parathas.
PLUS AND MINUS
Vegetarians, healthy eaters and diabetics are all taken care of, with plenty of choices.