This modern Indian restaurant serves curries with molecular gastronomy on the side-an interesting concept. On arrival we were given the degustation menu (but not advised that there was in fact an a la carte menu). Fortunately we did want to try the tasting menu that the restaurant is famous for. I also ordered a rose soda and lychee mocktail, which was delicious. We also ordered drinking water but before we knew it they'd decanted a bottle of the expensive imported Italian stuff (they should ask you first). First they bring you 4 interesting canapes (but the serving sizes were similar throughout the meal). eg; One was a delightful "egg" of spiced yoghurt, and a tiny "lamb burger" with "buns" that dissolved in the mouth, amazing. we had a menu with 9 dishes. The first was an oyster (which I don't eat) , but my partner enjoyed it. They had no problem bringing me a subtitute. Our waiter was very good at explaining what was in every dish but the service was otherwise a little too relaxed. The favours got stronger as the dishes progressed. The food all tasted delicious but the presentation could have been a bit more exciting. Many dishes just looked "beige" with a bit of cress on top. Only a handful of the dishes relied on the molecular gastronomy techniques (from what I could tell) the rest just seemed like regular indian curries (albeit nice ones). The final savoury dish was a small pepper chicken curry with a basket on nan (a bid to fill you up?). The mango dessert with silver leaf was superb but the tiny chocolate ravioli was so small it wasn't worth dirtying the plate.
I do have to say that I know it is supposed to be a tasting menu but some of the portion sizes were so tiny that you barely got the taste of the food and I am sure any man who had this would go home hungary. After finishing I could quite easily have had more and after paying $100 a head for the meal I would not expect to still be hungary. The couple on the table next to us ordered a curry from the a la carte menu (which we didn't know existed), after they finished their menu.
There are 3 set menus at B1400++, 2600++ & 4000++. We chose the second menu and frankly there were only 2 extra items on the menu so it is hard to see why it costs B1200 more than the first menu. The food is certainly interesting and tasty but grossly overpriced.
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