Rest : Hornbys Pavilion
Loc : ITC Grand Central, Parel
Meal : Dinner
Was honored with an invitation to dinner from the very beautiful Kulsum Begum who happens to be a master chef with the ITC chain and specializes in Hyderbadi cuisine. She is also a family friend and is running a festival till the 20th of August at the venue.
I have been fortunate enough to have dinner at her apartment many a time from simple khichadi to salans, the food has mostly been fairly incredible.
The buffet was quite heavily laden, covering Hyderbadi dishes as well as an assortment of other dishes including an assortment of salads, cheese, Sushi, dips, etc. I started with the dal tikki, curd rice, a kofta that looked like gulab jamun(a popular dessert) and a potato dish.
the food was extremely rich in taste and texture although the vegetarian selections were somewhat limited. lets face it, Hyderabadi is more about the meats and apparently there was all kinds of meat, my other dinner companions were very very happy.
There was also a yellow dal not pictured here, which had a lemon, garlic taste and was very different from your usual yellow dals. The biryani was not too bad and the black dal was allright.
There was a huge expanse of desserts of all kind, the ITC buffets dont leave you wanting for much and i have always found them impressive. Since this festival is more less like a family event for me, i have little to complaint about.
The service was very prompt and i would highly recommend the food festival if you are a carnivore. If you cant make it for this festival ensure you attend their breakfast buffet at least once, i dont think anyone in this city does it better.
Food : 8/10
Service : 8/10
Damage 1500 per person.