A newbie – technically Barbeque House is closed and Smokey House has opened its doors in the same place, has an attractive ambiance,comfy seating at the heart of IT Parks. They have a wide spread of dishes from Starters till desserts (not to forget about their lovely live counters). Lets catch a glimpse of my experience-
We were given Virgin Mojito and Love Berry, out of the both- ‘Love Berry’ was really lovely. The taste of this Love has kick started my appetite and tickled my sensations. Mojito was ok and nothing special.
Starters(BBQ & Over the counter):
Tried their Paya, mutton in Paya was truly juicy and tasty. The soup in it however was a bit salty. If this was balanced, it could have been a lot better.
There were 2 BBQ and 3 OTC dishes. My personal favorite was Hariyali Veg Shaslik, which was truly delicious. Other veg dishes have given a tough fight to win the race and almost equaled the best.
Spicy Chicken Tikka, Oriental Pepper Chicken and Chilli Miustard Prawns were scrumptious. Lamb Sheek Kebab was very soft that it was melting in my mouth. Fish Tikka was not so to the mark as the spices were not in right proportions.
I loved Cucumber Yogurt Salad along with Fish Tikka Salad. Their accompaniments which had different sauces were truly awesome and elevated the taste of salads.
Now comes the best part of the buffet. LIVE COUNTERS.
2 live counters, which had Pasta (sauce of our choice) and Mongolian. Unlike many other live counters that I have seen, this was too much crowded. My initial wondering of ‘why so crowded?‘ was answered after I tasted them. Tried Veg Alfredo from Pasta counter – the sauce was truly drooling,tasty and rich in cream. Penne Pasta, however could have used more boiling/cooking. As there was too much crowd, this was bound to happen.
Tried both variants of Noodles and Rice from Mongolian Counter. Both the dishes were very well complemented with the sauces and spices that were added. One of the best I had.
They had wide range of dishes in main course too. Non Veg Curries Buna hua Ghost and Methi Murgh (not sure if the dish name is correct) had rich gravies and were very generous in spices which promoted the taste even more. Veg counter parts that I tried were Paneer Hara Pyaza, Subzi Makhini, Harshly Rajma and Dal Makhini. I loved the fresh tossed paneer and Dal makhini. Other dishes were good and nothing much to mention about.
Chicken Biryani, though it wasnt Hyderabadi style, was heavenly and tasted delightful and flavorful.
Now is the time for Desserts, as my stomach was running out of space (there were still few dishes that I missed). Gulab Jamun and Gajar ka Halwa were luscious and delectable. Double ka Meeta though tasted delicious, had excess sweet in it. Their pastries were fresh and tasty. Live Stone Ice cream counter was good, but could be a lot better.
On Service front, they were quick enough to get starters on to the table. As the day progressed, there were difficulties in getting the table cleared, may be because of increased crowd. This however, needs to be handled very well. Not everyone might have faced this, given it may not be the fault of Stewards but unexpected huge crowd or extra demands from fellow foodies 😉 .
Live counters were surrounded by Non-Veg dishes. Not that they dont have veg, however, all the veg and non veg dishes are plucked by the same utensil which pure veg folks may not like. This is something which they can work on.
Their desserts can also take help of some signature dish. Instead of 5-6 variants of desserts, 1 or 2 items can be removed (esp many variants of pastries) and a signature dish can be added, as this is the last dish one would have after their meal and truly re-defines the whole dining experience (#myopinion).
Overall, a happy and fluffy tummy experience, esp their live counters killed it. Definitely worth the visit.