-By Deepali Gupta
Flavour is the motif of this brand new restaurant
Set'z has a new sibling and it is at the Aman Hotel. On the Waterfront is centrally located; as well-appointed as the original with an identifiably different menu, with the same broad divisions.
Atmospherics: You can opt to be seated in a different area every time you visit, and you really will feel that you are visiting a new restaurant every time: ground floor or first, 'verandah' or main dining area, or the drop-dead gorgeous water-front with its private table with a cover charge. As in Set'z, there are tables of twelve as well as those that seat two. Don't miss the installation feature Tears of a fisherman".
Table talk: Thai and Chinese, European and Indian are the cuisines on offer here. How the restaurant has managed the feat is a miracle, but virtually all the food bursts with flavour. Take for example the Thai minced chicken salad, mint, red onions, roasted rice (Rs 565). There are no distracting bits in the soft-as-a-cloud minced chicken but their flavour is distinct nevertheless. The European poached Cochin shrimp, avocado, tomato, lime, garlic salad (Rs 775) owes its flavour to a melange of superior ingredients.
Crispy sea bass, green mango, peanut, onions, lemon (Rs 595) was another elegant salad, this time Thai, which had crisp fish combined with tangy green mango that was full of flavour. In the oriental stir fry section, chicken thigh, bamboo shoots, green peppercorn, basil, fish sauce (Rs 740) combined to make an elegant dish that used contrasting textures to great effect. Cheung fan - prawn, scallop, green onion (Rs 595) is the best there is in our city.
Plus and minus: I wish more Indian restaurants served Indian food this good. The kacchi palak, kamal kakdi (Rs 700) is a treat for all - not only vegetarians. Service is still hit and miss. I ordered my Angus, raw garlic, chilli, lemon (Rs 2,000) from the teppan counter extremely rare but it arrived well-cooked. My companion had ordered noisette of English lamb, aubergine and cumin puree (Rs 1980) well cooked and got it extremely rare! The server genuinely didn't seem to know the difference!
Do not miss: prawn coriander root, lemon leaf, galangal soup (Rs 610), Scampi, yuzu, shallots, soy (Rs 1150) from the robata, sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce (Rs 450)."
Review posted within last 6 month
Simply the best Location with Very Average food and average Service ! I went for a Sunday Lunch Buffet ,besides the good company the food was below average and the Service was average ...wake up ! you need to make the Food a Lot better ....the food is boring and so the Staff looks Bored too !
Review posted more than a year ago
Been here multiple times in the hope that it will get better... but alas!
The food is good but not great. The ambience is interesting although the layout is awkward at best. But the thing that has been consistent is the attitude of the staff... it's like they're doing us a favor by seating and serving us.
Honestly, this kind of thing may have been acceptable in the past when there were a handful of places to visit... but this 2012 in case you haven't noticed!
Get your act together or be ready to eat your own s**t a few months down the line.
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