-By Swati Sucharita
Soft lighting and framed pictures of nature and tulips adorn the walls at Tulip, the coffee shop at Green Park Hotel. The place is open, airy and cosy. Open round-the-clock, they do buffets: Breakfast (Rs.260 plus tax), Dinner (Rs.500 plus tax) and Midnight (Rs.450 plus tax). From the a la carte menu (which is available during lunch) good choices include Bhutani Vegetable, Chicken Mongolian, Veg Meloni Tarkari. As expected from a coffee shop, the service is courteous and professional.
Review posted this week
We decided to go to Tulip for the Hyderabadi Culinary Cascade. As one of my friend was coming directly from office, we landed there at 8pm itself and were quickly seated by the hospitable Mr. Srikanth.
The soup and starters was delivered at the table. We had Murgh Shorba with Fish Fry followed by Cabbage Pakoda. The Murgh Shorba was a pretty good and had the right amount of spice and tangyness. The Fish Fry was basically the fish part of Fish N Chips. They gave a green pudina chutney which tasted well with it, but as we know the white sauce always steals the show.
Coming to the main course - we had Haleem, Chicken Curry and Mutton Biriyani. Haleem was excellent, it was not the part meat part gravy one that you find in Sarvi but the firmly ground one. It had a great flavour and it took 3 plateful helpings to satiate my fondness for it. The Mutton Biriyani was of typical Hyderabadi style though the mutton pieces did have a bit too many bones. I guess the rest of the mutton was used for the haleem and only the bony pieces had remained. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful treat and complimented the naan-chicken curry combo.
After a second helping of everything, I retired to the desserts and was very impressed by the spread. I generally don't eat all types of desserts but was surprised to see all my favourite kinds lined up together. I dug into the Gulab Jamun while still filling my plate with papaya and pineapple. The Tomato Halwa deserves a special mention and a extra special serving too. It was covered with dry fruits and the smell of pure ghee from sweets is always a turn on for every foodie. There were 2 flavours of ice-cream - Strawberry and Vanilla. They had also tried papaya Murabba but it hadn't come out that good.
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: Fish fry, Murgh Shorba, Haleem
Review posted within last 6 month
It was a sudden unexpected business dinner and we were in a hurry to continue our meeting, this was the closest and best place for having scrumptious meal. As always this place was really jam packed, since two decades this place has not lost its charm and it is still attracting crowds from different generations. I could see businessmen, IT professionals, collage students and kids, all at one place enjoying their lovely meal. There are very few restaurants which over the years have maintained such a marvelous feet. This place over the years has also transformed as a household name for every class of families be it middle class or high class.
The buffet spread as always was good, covering all the regular cuisines yet trying to be as different as possible from day to day. I started off with starters which were Aloo tikki, Achari murgh & Chapli Kebab. I must say the Achari murgh was good neatly marinated and perfect cooked. Aloo tikki was just fine. The Chapli kebab was not like the one I had during the Afghan food festival but it was equally good, probably meat would have been little softer I would have loved it, but still the flavours were great.
I then moved to the main course Biryani, which unlike most of the places is not subtle, it is more spicy with lots of masalas in it; somehow this Biryani tastes different yet very tasty. The meat is tender and juicy. There were several other gravy's and other rice items but I had my heart full with Biryani and moved to the desserts which even in my wildest dreams I would not miss. I had rasgullas, kheer, gulab jamun and chocolate kalakand. All of them were absolutely lip smacking and mouth watering.
The service had improved drastically since the last time I visited. The food was tasty and high quality, coupled with good service this place has not lost any of its charm. Even after so many years this place runs full house all because of the staff dedication, chefs consistency and quality food. Keep up the good work and I am sure Green Park would be remembered for decades to come.
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Food Quality 4.5/5
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: Spicy Biryani !
Review posted more than a year ago
I have been to Tulips many times. Going this noon too, to catch up with a friend. The open, airy and cozy ambiance makes me relax and feel good. With a cup of cappuccino I preferably order bhutani vegetable or chicken mongolian. I like the food too. Service is quite hospitable and waiters are cordial and courteous. I must say, a soothing and calm place. love to visit with friends often.
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