-By Salmoli Mukerji
The year end outing is always a celebration - wrapping up the old and ushering in the new. It is more of an experience, rather than just a meal or a space. I saved up this one for the fashionable entry of the year. Veda by Rohit Bal at the iconic location of Sky Room on Park Street. The first experience kind of dampened the mood, a candid below average. We decided to go back in good time for the chefs to settle in their ladles and to try the new cafe lounge menu.nnDecornFrom the street, the two huge glass doors look like just another restaurant in a neighbourhood full of choices. As we step inside though, something changes with a dash of style. Wooden banister and another set of swing doors lead to a French Boudoir like interiors. Dimly lit dangling coloured chandeliers, Belgian mirrors, black buttoned leather Chesterfield sofas, a glassy mirror-imaged wall mounted bar, mother of pearl Indian flowers and peacock embellished designs and in-lay tables, all against bare brick walls - who else but a Rohit Bal would invest so much energy in the interiors. Hardly a restaurant, it is rather a showcasing of Indian ostentatious opulence, from the days of Indian Royalty to ultra-modern fashion statement. The interiors add tunes to the senses. The staff uniforms match up with black and gold embroidered Bandhgalas. But the crockery and cutlery are gross mismatch - ordinary white off-the- shelf stuff mars the magic spell.nnFoodnThe cafe menu is actually sumptuous. We start with a Fresh Strawberry Shake (Rs. 150) and a Seafood Soup (Rs. 129). Followed by the Chef's Salad Veg (Rs.129), Chicken Chat (Rs 199), Corn Cakes (Rs 119) and a Galouti Wrap (Rs 159). And long and tempting traditional Indian cuisine menu from the royal kitchens at the restaurant, with something for every appetite promises to have a touch of fashionable novelty. We order Chicken Chandi Tikka (Rs 425), Lamb Chapli kebab (Rs 395), the house signature Kurkure Bhindi (Rs 295) and Gosht Yakhni Biryani (Rs 395).nnPlus and MinusnAt the cafe the strawberry shake is frothy thick, the Seafood broth is excellent, textured with prawns and Beckti chunks. The Chaat with coloured peppers and not- so-crispy chicken is zipped up with the spicy marinades. And if we thought all wraps come in the same mould, the chilli and ginger ignited version of Galouti wrapped in soft roomali help us change our mind. The Chef's salad had nothing but a whiff of Gandhoraj fragrance, and the corn cakes just ordinary. Upstairs the kebabs are indigenous versions, far from authentic or stylised, the Kurkure bhindi comes in mango tempered light and spiky fritters and the Yakhni biryani with succulent gosht, is good to be a pulao. The familiar service and the desserts, however made it worth the wait. The Chef's presentation of the Death by Rabri (Rs 225) and Kalakand Baklava (not in the menu) made it an out of the ordinary dessert experience.nnMust TrynDelhi ki Chaat, Kurkure Bhindi, Lamb Veda, Death by Rabri
Review posted within last 6 month
very nice restaurant to dine with family. staff and service is good. what i like their Chicken Chat and Galouti Wrap very much.
Review posted more than 6 month ago
Six friends went for lunch. We asked head Steward Mr.Bhowmick to suggest their signature dishes. Details are
STARTERS fish Amritsari ,murg Malai kabab were good.galoti and gilafi seekh kabab not so good.
MAINS lamb Veda, Murg Tikka Masala and Fish Lababdar were quite bad,all three had same gravy and masalas.Heavy food similar flavours,no taste.
DESSERTS shahi tukra was ok, Death by Rabri was nice but Veda Brownie was a dry piece of crap
Overall will rate the place just 2 stars. Maybe a bad hair day for the chef but did not leave a good taste.
Three friends reported bad stomach next day, could it be Veda food or coincidence,let you be the judge
Visited September 2013
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: Kebabs were good
Review posted more than 6 month ago
Food is good. I went for Cardinal Punch(mocktail),Galouti Kabab,mix veg raita and cheese-chilly Kulcha(chicken Tikka staffing).Galouti Kabab was nice,very soft and this is entirely different kind of kabab preparation compare to which you get in Barbeque/Flame-n-Grill.Other items were also good.However I think price is really at higher end(for me it was around Rs. 1250/- including Tax).Another thing is don't go on ordering other items just by going by suggestions given to you on the fly untill you finish the previous orders or foods may be wasted unnecessarily.And yes,the atmosphere was really great.They also have a set menu option which is Rs. 333/- + Tax.
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