-By Marryam H Reshii
Some things get better with age and after almost three decades of being on the gourmet food map, Orient Express proves it’s here to stay. A great venue for a celebration or just for a special evening, Orient Express routinely makes it to “Best” lists and there’s no wonder why. Even if you just want to sit and sip your single malt (from their extensive collection) in peace with the background of live piano music, this is the place to go to. The movie like feel of sitting in a train, a fancy and glamorous one, is superceded only by the delicious fare here. For the first time ever, it has started serving a la carte dishes, so that you need only order one or two if you so wish, instead of a fixed meal of five courses. The restaurant offers its customers pashmina shawls and reading glasses on request, and that says something for service. Kobe, Caviar, Lobsters, Perigord Truffles, Normandy Butter, the ingredients are premium and offerings like the Camembert Soufflé, Pate de Foie Gras, Smoked Salmon, Rack of Lamb and the best Chocolate Soufflé in town are must try dishes. The amazing thing about Orient Express is how it has managed to keep up with the times without appearing to alter its core.
Buzz: 3.5/5 | Décor: 4/5
-By Deepali Gupta
Classics are called so for a reason and the grand dame parked at the Taj stands testament to that. A replica of a Pullman Orient Express carriage - the legendary train that runs through Europe, also depicted in Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express - this fine dine restaurant spells class. There's an artistic flare in the way things are done here. The dining area is enclosed within the train, so the railway platform is the bar. Their cigar selection is as enviable as their rare whiskey collection standing at over 150. Not surprising then that they outline the nose and palate and give comments on everything from a 40-year old vintage Bruichladdich to an Armagnac Marcel Trepout 1947. The wine list is exhaustive wine, but it's worth ordering cocktails just to see some mastery. Side Car is the best pick with brandy and Cointreau doing their bit, while Gin Fizz leaves you giddy. There are no bar snacks, but you can choose from the a la carte menu spanning all countries the train passes through as you munch on salmon canapes. Go indulge in the good life as the smooth singing of the lady accompanied by a piano player keeps you enthralled.
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The best restaurant in town for a long romantic experience. Must warn, Orient Express lives upto its name when it comes to pricing - one piece of advise; make best of the restaurant by planning a long evening. Reservations highly recommended.....
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: Kobe, Caviar, Lobsters, Perigord
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The best restaurant in town for a long romantic experience. Must warn, Orient Express lives upto its name when it comes to pricing - one piece of advise; make best of the restaurant by planning a long evening. Reservations highly recommended..
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Popular dishes:Kobe, Caviar, Lobsters, Perigord Truffles, Normandy Butter, Camembert Souffle, Pate de Foie Gras, Smoked Salmon, Rack of Lamb
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