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An all vegetarian restaurant in an all vegetarian hotel. India's only vegetarian hotel is a 15 minute drive from East Delhi. The coffee shop serves all three meals buffet style only.

Atmospherics

Being a Country Inn and Suites, this branch in Sahibabad is located on a main road and is easy to locate as well as being a short distance from East Delhi. No meat or eggs pass the doors of this hotel, so it is a real boon for strict vegetarians, but the main advantage is how tasty the food is. And the lobby, lobby cafe and chocolate boutique look quite as plush as any other international hotel, without any trace of ethnicity.

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A salad counter with Lebanese and western flavours, a live pasta counter and a live chaat counter. You'll even get kanji at this unusual all-day diner. It's where Indian and international flavours blend together easily. Surprisingly, the western preparations are of a high quality, though expectedly the desi tastes are taken to new heights. The actual dishes that make up the buffet change from meal to meal, but a few things to look out for are the salad of palm hearts napped with kashundi and the tabbouleh. The curd rice would give an Udupi joint a run for its money. The starter section has a range of nibbles that include chana kulcha, crisp fried paneer, golden corn nibblets and arbi tikkis with a tongue-tingling masala. The thin crust pizza served by the slice looked exciting enough, but the chaat counter beckoned, with palak patta or kareli ki chaat, dahi bhalla and gol gappas. As at a street-side stall, you can wash down the gol gappas with the pani. Usually, hotels are the last place to go for chaat, but 64/6 has, by some alchemy, managed to imbue it and the chana kulcha, with the flavours of the street.

Main courses include a live dal counter where the chef prepares the tadka of your choice, a couple of lack-lustre western dishes and an idli-dosa counter with excellent podis. Do tuck in to the sarson ka saag when available. It is served with white butter and gur.nnDesserts include unlimited quantities of fruit like kiwi and dragon fruit, ice-creams, murabbas and western style mousses and three sugar-free options.

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It’s Essence without the ‘E’!

Not a bad concept and a rather nifty execution

Atmospherics:

How do you begin to make a difference when the parameters are cast in stone? You simply have to have Indian food in a Delhi hotel; you need to have a breakfast service; no all-day diner can afford to leave out fish and chips from their menu and so forth. Ssence (pronounced Essence) has managed to please all factions by having an open kitchen, a dessert counter and a menu that travels the world, picking up iconic dishes from all over. Service is better than you dare expect from a hotel that seems to be seriously upgrading their service and food and beverage offerings. Considering that the old coffee shop and the Indian restaurant have both been made one restaurant, Ssence does have an upbeat vibe: packed with western tourists and locals on a Monday evening, to the strains of evergreen classics from the 1970s, the old-time Suryaa appears to have metamorphosed into an animated space. Best of all is the small portions that the majority of dishes are available in. Convenient for single diners or the only meat-eater in a table of vegetarians.

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The Indian section centres around Lucknow, because that’s where the expertise lies. Galouti Kebab (Full Rs 995; small Rs 595) is perfectly spiced. It is impossible to prepare these kebabs unless you have a certain amount of expertise. The spicing alone is a daunting task to prepare and the velvet texture impossible to replicate by a novice. My small portion contained three kebabs on a saffron Parantha. It was the same with Nalli Ka Saalan (Rs 945/595) which was expertly made by a khandani cook from Lucknow, judging by the gravy that had acquired its trademark viscosity from marrow bones. The Gosht Lucknowi Dum Biryani (Rs 745/495) was the one disappointment: the rice was dry as if it had been reheated. Lamb Shank Tagine (Rs 945/545) more than made up for it. The couscous was as soft as a cloud and the gravy from the tagine rich.

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Few other restaurants can boast of such a wide array of desserts, from cream caramel to apple strudel and dark, decadent chocolate confections. Quite a few of them are sugar-free and gluten-free products are available on request.

Must try: Paella Mixta, Nasi Goreng, Valrhona Chocolate Mousse

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