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Mosaic is the restaurant and coffee shop of Country Country Inn & Suites Ahmedabad.

Décor

Situated on the first floor of the hotel, Mosaic has a pleasant reception with coffee table books and displays. The restaurant is good-sized with mirrors making it look even larger. At the end of the restaurant is a balcony available for a meal for two.

Food

Mosaic has recently launched a new menu, and also sometimes features day specials on a tent card on each table. The Chandi Murg (cream, cheese, yogurt and mild spices marinated tandoori chicken pieces) and Paneer Kasoori Tikka are excellent starters. The Mahi Sarson Tikka, Bhatti ka Murg and Tandoori Jhinga are also pretty good. They have a take on Chicken Marengo (without egg and shellfish which is part of the classic French dish) which is barely average.

For the mains, the Chooza Makhani which is the popular butter chicken is good as are the Malai Kota and Paneer Lazakdar.

They also do some unusual dishes like Gulab Jamun Aur Palak Ki Sabzi. For those who like fish, they have pretty authentic Macher Jhol, and they also offer Chingri Malai (prawns in coconut) when available. The Laal Maas is more Punjabi than Rajasthani but delicious and the meat is pretty tender. They have a large selection of `Dishes from the Far East’, mainly Thai, but most of these are disappointing.

The house special here is the Baked Biryani topped with yogurt. It is attractively presented and can be a substantial one dish meal.

Leave room for their `Sweet Treats’, as the desserts are called. The Kheer when they have it is superb, and they make excellent Gulab Jamun. If you prefer western desserts, ask for their Dessert of the Day which is usually very good.

Plus And Minus

Mosaic has some interesting sandwiches like Marathon Egg (chopped boiled eggs and bean sprouts dressed in curry powder, mustard and mayo), Croque Monsieur (the classic ham and cheese sandwich, using chicken ham instead of pork ham which is more popular in cafes of France), Classy Chicken (chicken breast and fruits and mayo dressing) and Pick Me (peppered paneer and vegetables in mango chutney), which makes it a good coffee shop to drop in for sandwiches with tea or coffee. The South East Asian food here is not as good as the North Indian, Bengali and western fare.

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Puran da Dhaba is the North Indian specialty restaurant at Pride Hotel Ahmedabad. Executive Chef, Aman Tandon, claims to have done much research into the cuisines of Punjab from the robust and rustic food of dhabas and the streetfoods of Amritsar to favourites of princely states like Patiala, and it shows in the diverse menu of this restaurant. Puran da Dhaba has now become a signature restaurant of Pride Hotels, started in different cities of India following the Ahmedabad model.

Decor

As the name suggests, Puran-da-Dhaba has been dressed up like a highway eatery with a real bicycle, utensils, cutouts of a truck and an auto-rickshaw, a viewable area with tawa and tandoor, and visuals of phulkari, bhangra and celebrations that are framed to look like they are being woven on a loom. A small band of musicians perform in the central part of the restaurant with the singers specializing in renditions of soulful and romantic numbers from 1970s and 80s Hindi films that you hear over radios or music players in dhabas.

Even the menu has been deliberately given a worn-out look with taped-up torn sections to lend authenticity to the dhaba decor.

Food

The menu has been superbly balanced to take care of various tastes and textures. The starters range from the mild chicken kebabs called Heer Ranjah and the cheesy stuffed mushrooms called Dingri de Kofte to the robust and rustic Bhatty da Jabru Kukkad (tandoori chicken).

A specialty here is the Lawrence Road ki Sharmili Tikka, a smoked lamb mince cutlet that melts in the mouth like Awadh’s famous galawati kebabs – the menu claims that this subtly spiced tikki takes inspiration from the palace kitchens of Patiala though one may wonder why a princely dish it is named for an Amritsari road that is famous for inexpensive streetfood! More reminiscent of Lawrence Road is the Amritshari Tawa Macchi, the flagship fried fresh water fish starter of Amritsar. While one does not associate seafood with a Punjabi dhaba, this restaurant has a superb tandoori tiger prawn (with a creamy marinade) and also seafish like pomfret.

An unusual vegetarian starter, Dilliwali Narm Dil Tilly is a heart-shaped dumpling of apricot coated with cottage cheese that is garnished with spices and curds. For those who like chatpata tastes, the Chandni Chowk di Chatory Chaat has aloo tikki and stuffed kachoris in a mélange of onion, coriander, curds and spices, with the balance of salty, tangy and hot tastes typical of a chaat. The signature soup is the Paan Shaan Raseela which has betel leaves, apples and spices.

If you like to start with a juice rather than the lassi or chaas, Santa da Banta comes as a surprise - orange/sweetlime juice garnished with mint, condiments and rock salt to give a `chatpata’ taste without losing out completely on the citrus flavor.

Among the mains too, you could opt for Dhaba Mutton Curry, Tawa Ghosht and Bhune Murgh ki Kadai which have rustic `masalas’, the light homemade style chicken curry or for dishes in rich gravies like the Rada Meat Belliram and Chicken Patiala which take inspiration from the royal kitchens.

The vegetarian section however is dominated by dhaba classics like Channa Masala, Paneer or Chicken Makhni, Bhune Aloo ke Gulley, Aloo Mutter, Gobhi Kalonji, Kadi Pakoda, Bavli Handi, Sarson da Saag, and the yellow and black dals that are quintessential at every dhaba meal.

The Phirni comes as a surprise–litchi adds a punch to this traditional rice pudding. It is not overly sweet and provides the perfect complement at the end of the meal. Another traditional sweet, the gulab jamun, has been enhanced here with gulkhand and real rose petals.

Pluses and minuses

This is a delightful place for a robust kebab-curry-biryani-phirni meal, with the ambience and decor to match the food, and a setting in a star-rated hotel adds to its charm as a restaurant to entertain in.

However, some of the simple dhaba favourites (Baigan Bartha, Palak Paneer, Kheema Kaleji, etc) are conspicuous by their absence from the menu – though the team will make them for you on request.

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