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Updated about 21hrs ago

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Tomato’s is a well-known restaurant of Ahmedabad from the 1990s. It has recently added new fusion food items to its menu.

DÉCOR

The décor of Tomato’s takes you back to the 1950s and ‘60s, the decades of American cultural icons like Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and Rock Hudson. With checkered floors, stainless steel booths, red-upholstered furniture and a bar with shining chrome polished stools to replicate an old fashioned American diner, Tomato’s is lined with posters of 1950s and ‘60s American celebrities and classic cars, and some bric-a-brac (American license plates, plaques, bubble gum machine), painstakingly collected by the promoters. The restaurant is on two levels with a carpeted stairway leading down to the more popular areas one flight down.

FOOD

Though the Tomato’s décor is themed on an American Diner, the menu has multiple cuisines mainly featuring popular items from North Indian, Tex-Mex, Italian and Chinese cuisines. Begin with their succulent tandoori starters like Noorani Sheek Kebab, Surkh Murg Tikka, Afghani Tangdi or, if you are vegetarian, the silky smooth Mulayam Paneer Tikka (they also have a plate of three different paneer tikkas with mint, garlic and fenugreek marinade). If you are three or more, opt for the Tandoori Khazana (non-veg)/Barbecue Khazana (veg) which are good-sized mixed grilled platters, with dal and breads on the side. The Ultimate Grilled Cottage Cheese Olivia, Zucchini Wrapped Grilled Paneer and Prawns Catalania are other good starters. Children are likely to enjoy the Nachos with Herbed Cheese Sauce and Salsa (they also have other takes on this) and the Fish Fingers with Tartar sauce.

For the mains, the Chicken Garlic Pepper Steak is sumptuous as is the Grilled Fish in a choice of sauces like tomato-garlic, basil-olives or lemon butter. They also have pretty good Skillets (veggies or chicken in pepper sauce). For vegetarians, the Mexican Hot Pot is Tomato’s hot-selling one-dish meal. They also have some excellent pizzas and pastas. The Combination Cannelloni is another Tomato’s signature, which has mild and spicy sauces to cater different palates sharing a dish. If you prefer Chinese, the All-Stir Fry Combos are pretty good – Exotic Vegetables, Chicken, Fish or Prawn in your choice from sauces like the delicate Lemon Cilantro, Plum, the spicy Sambal or Schezwan. The Thai Green Curry (veg or non-veg) is also fairly good.

Tomato’s also has specials from time to time. The August house specials are the Chicken or Zucchini Mexican Kabobs recommended for those who like hot and spicy food as they are marinated in Cascobele Chili Sauce and seasoned with Mexican-style spices, Pollo En Mole Verde (chickjen in a green mole sauce, with bean rice) and a really good Pizza Mexicana with a whole-wheat shell and a mix of sauces and spices.

Leave room for the superb desserts – the Apple Pie has a really nice crust and the New York Style Cheese cake is not bad. The Dessert Skillet is a must-have: it has a gooey chocolate éclair, a brownie and a pie all served warm, with ice-cream on the side.

PLUS AND MINUS

Tomato’s serves hearty portions of reasonably good food. It is also among the few standalone restaurants that also has good mocktails and desserts. However, while the décor is bang-on for an Americana theme restaurant do not go expecting all authentic food – some of the dishes are adapted for the local palate.

MUST TRY

Tandoori Khazana, Chicken Garlic Pepper Steak, Grilled Fish, Garden Skillet, Dessert Skillet.

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Updated about 23hrs ago

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Mr & Mrs Somani is a signature restaurant of The Grand Bhagwati named for the promoters of this hotel group. The first Mr & Mrs Somani was started in Surat, and the second one was opened in Ahmedabad.

DÉCOR

Located just off the lobby of The Grand Bhagwati Ahmedabad, Mr & Mrs Somani has striking Italian marble pillars, rich brocaded table linen and heavy dark coloured curtains in keeping with its status as the owners’ signature restaurant. Though the curtains give diners privacy from the comings-and-goings in the lobby, net fabrics have been used to ensure that some light from the adjacent hallways filters into the restaurant. The restaurant is fairly long and spacious. A stairway leads to a private dining room that can be booked for small gatherings.

FOOD

Mr & Mrs Somani has some interesting takes on popular Indian and international dishes, replacing chicken, fish or lamb in non-vegetarian dishes with soya chunks or paneer cubes. One of the signature starters is Patrani Paneer Aur Mushroom. Paneer and mushrooms are coated with tulsi and coriander chutney and wrapped in banana leaves like the classic Parsee Patrani Machhi. The chutney coating is superb and the paneer is really creamy. Similarly, the Aani Basar which is a popular Sindhi dish of gramflour dumpling cooked with onions has the punch of bell pepper added to it. The Hyderabadi Patthar Kebab gets its vegetarian version here in the Pathar ke Paneer grilled on lavastone and served in true-blue Hyderabadi style with salan and sheermal. Thai Paneer & Pepper Grill, Pesto Paneer Tikka, Mandarin Singada (water chestnuts), Paprika Pepper Potatoes are other popular starters. For those who like soya, they have an Amritsari Soya Tak-a-Tin which is a take on the non-veg streetfoods of that city in Punjabi. Lucknowi Subz Tundey Kebab with Warqi Paratha is inspired by the streetfood of Lucknow. They even offer a Somani’s Caesar Salad with lettuce dressed in a cheesy sauce with chunks of paneer.

Among the mains, Dughar Paneer is their house specialty – the paneer has the smoky charcoal flavor of the tandoor, while the curry is subtle with a saffron flavor, and this combination is slow-cooked in dum style. They have two special dals – Dum ka Urad which is a dum-cooked black dal and the Tuar Tarannum which is a tadka dal. The Indian breads also include their house specials like Mixed Herb and Olive. The Somani Handi Biryani is another of their top offerings with chunks of paneer, soya and veg koftas served in a `handi’ sealed with roti.

For dessert, try Taster’s Choice which has small bowls of four different fusion desserts of the day or one of their fusion takes like the Boondi Brulee and Khubani ka Phirni. Their desserts are not oversweet and usually quite light. The restaurant usually gives a hot and spicy tikki as the welcome appetizer and a `paan shot’ (digestive and mouth-freshing beverage in a shot glass) at the end, and often coconut chocolates to finish on a sweet note.

PLUS AND MINUS

A special feature of Mr & Mrs Somani is that they pay much attention to the side dishes and accompaniments – the achaars and chutneys kept on each table are delightful. Since it is open till late, this is a good option for those who want to come for a leisurely meal without worrying about having to wind up quickly at closing time or getting there in a hurry before orders are closed for the night. As they serve fusion foods rather than authentic dishes take care to read the descriptions of the dishes before ordering as you may end with ingredients you don’t like or you are allergic to.

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