I love buffets for 2 reasons – you don’t have to decide what to order and you get to eat a lot of variety. Recently got invited for a review of ‘The Grand Buffet Lunch’ at Sura Vie – a restaurant beholding Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s name. Located in Janpath, the location is absolutely convenient and price a charm. The variety and quality of food is also good compared to most other buffets in town.
The place is huge. I always wonder how the places look from the outside, but are vastness personified from the inside. This one has two levels – the lower one for large parties or personal events and the upper one for the general buffet. There is a smoking area too I learnt. The lighting is perfect for a buffet – high where it should be, and low where not needed.
They have 3 starters each in vegetarian and non-vegetarian – 2 from the Indian menu and 1 each in the Chinese menu. We were served paneer tikka, vegetarian kebab, seekh kebab and chicken malai tikka on the table. From the Chinese fare – chicken manchurian and vegetarian manchurian balls came in. From the chaat corner, gol gappas and papri chaat was served. I liked the chicken malai tikka; seekh kebabs were good in taste, but could have been a little softer; vegetarian kebabs were great, in fact the best of the lot; gol gappas were crisp with stuffing already done. The papri (of the papri chaat) was soggy, but the preparation was good.
Next on our plate was pasta in white sauce (non-vegetarian) – this was delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
For main course – chicken biryani, nalli nihari, mangolian chicken, grilled fish, a paneer dish, dal makhani, assorted Indian breads, and 2 items in Chinese section – hakka noodles & manchurian. There is a huge salad counter as well, but I skipped it totally, since I wanted to concentrate on the main course 🙂
I am very fussy about Chicken Biryani – and this place impressed. Biryani was subtly flavored and the pieces properly cooked. The Nalli Nihari was not at all spicy (I have had an extremely hot one at Chandni Chowk, so please understand the comparison, it might be spicy for some people 🙂 ) and on taking this up with the manager, I was told that it is made to suit the palate of majority of people who like it this way – point accepted. The Mangolian Chicken was a tad too sweet. Grilled Fish was great and so was the paneer dish as well as dal makhani. We asked for Garlic Naan and they fared well.
I feel some improvements should be made in the desserts section. There were assorted pastries, a variety of cream and jelly, sabu dana kheer, gulab Jamun and shahi tukda in miniaturized cookers. I learned that the menu keeps changing, so might be a not-so-good day for the desserts. Shahi Tukda was fine, but others were average. I didn’t taste the jelly and cream.
They also provide 2 pints of beer or 2 mocktails as part of the buffet – Virgin Mojito & Corona were ordered and Virgin Mojito was from one of the good ones I have had (most places don’t crush the mint and lemon a bit to get the flavors).
Priced at 777++ per person, running all week long from 12 PM to 4 PM, this is a very economical buffet in town. The food is good, the ambience is refreshing and the service is good too. I am surely going to recommend this to my known. Enjoy!
Price: INR 777+ taxes per person
Time: 12 pm to 4 pm
Days: All week long
Address: 2nd Floor, No.1, Scindhia House, Opp. Janpath Market, Next to Tribuvan Das Jewellers, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Review Credit – Abhik
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