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Park Pavilion at Jameson Inn Shiraz, a 24 hour restaurant, is the answer to casual stylishness on Kolkata’s Main Line. Restaurant’s wide range of food from global cuisine is the perfect place for a quick bite, an intimate meal, or a fun meeting place to gather with family and friends. A multi-cuisine buffet spread suiting the gourmet's delight during lunch & dinner and a all day dining menu together with eye soothing soft beverages & exclusive mocktails makes the restaurant most preferred dining outlet. Located at the first floor of the hotel, the 50 cover eatery offers exquisite global delicacies.rnFeatures of the park pavilion are the warmth welcome, personalized and friendly service of the staff which would bring a touch of freshness about the 24 hours coffee shop.rnThe decor contemporary in style with simple, soft, uncluttered look with a hint of rustic is designed in such a way, that it incorporates natural light and is blended in soft hues and earthy tones. It has a comfortable seating capacity for 50 people. The generous spacing allows diners a lot of personal space, and you can view the Chef’s culinary wonders at the live kitchen.rnThe restaurant serves a variety of Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Lebanese, Continental and Indian fare. Sizzling kebabs, fiery Mexican delights, a great selection of pastas and risotto, classic fondues and sumptuous desserts… Park Pavilion has something for everyone. Spice sprinkled, Sauce drizzled & Platter sizzled, that’s Park Pavilion for you. Whatever the occasion, whatever the mood, whatever the company, Park Pavilion can make your day.rnSample global flavours with ‘Fish Steak with Citrus Fumet’, a French meal of grilled fish cooked in griddle and served with parsley rice and sauteed beans, Or ‘Mexican Chicken Dumpling’, finely chopped chicken mixed with Mexican spices and served with salsa and sour cream. Enjoy the spicy ‘Lamb Satay with Bellpepper Somtom’, a tender baby lamb cooked in skewers and served with garlic chilli rice. ‘Spinach Wrapped Seafood’ gives you a steamy ecstasy and Arabic ‘Mezze Platter’ will delightfully tease your tongue.rnIf you think that is it, then you are wrong. End your meal with the delicate Rasmalai, Pista Phirni and Gulab Jamun. Take your time, and enjoy the sublime ripeness and maddening aromas of an array of delectable dishes. We are sure that one visit will not be enough.
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A legendary "food" location transformed into a new specialty restaurant at the three star Jameson Inn Shiraz, offers fresh interpretations of classical Indian flavours. The aromas from the fresh tandoor envelope us as we approach the stretch. The open kitchen sporting shiny kebab skewers and the ultra modern dÃ©cor at the almost empty restaurant looks unbelievably new... like a gift just unwrapped!
The rich, red and gold brocade menu advertises the traditional "Bawarchi khana" from the kitchens of Oudh. There's a small problem with that promise. The beaten gold faux leather furniture, white tables with runners, dark chocolate and gold etched glass backdrop and an over powering canopy of wrought iron filigree lighting instantly runs a flash back of the previously existing tired dining room that buzzed at the same space, day and night, as the busiest Calcutta biryani and chaamp place.
As a first time diner, it is a pleasure to find a simple menu prepared with great perseverance, it steered us to a slice of Lucknowi culture. Curries, Tandoori and unusual vegetarian dishes dominate the options. We settle for Paya Shorba (Rs. 150), Mawa Bhara Khumb (Rs. 200), Galouti Kebab served with Ulta paratha (Rs. 300) in the first course. For second, we chose the obvious Oudh Gosht Biryani (Rs. 300), Khusk Aloo (Rs. 175) and Mehr-e-Aftaab (Rs.300), stuffed minced balls in brown sauce, very similar to the Kashmiri Rishta.
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The flavours are great - subtle and not overpowering and the service is efficient and fast, considering the cuisine. The delicate lamb shorba sets the mood - perfect in temperature and a mild dash of lemon makes it a fabulous blend. The char grilled button mushrooms comes with a freshness of cheese, khoya and onion stuffing, delightful for the palate. The real Oudhi jewel, melt in the mouth Galouti, comes with ample spicing and brushed in ghee. A faultless combination with the sweet touch of the Ulta parathas. For grilled meats, you can try the Kebab Tashtari (Rs 475), a day's special kebab platter, which we skipped to try the mains. The Biryani arrives in a generous portion. Though, the authenticity is a question - more "Calcutta" than "Oudh" in its manifestation, with the unique Calcutta tradition of a potato along with the well-cooked pieces of lambs! It is light and tasty in its mildness, without the strong essence. The mince balls with Mawa stuffing are dipped in a rich tomato and onion gravy, but are dry inside. The Khusk Alu fails to impress, no baby potatoes, it comes in a gravy with curry leaves and mustard tempering. We polished off a Malai Kulfi (Rs 125), sans the faluda and a Pista Phirnee (Rs 100) at the end.
Gosht Biryani, Galouti kebab, Hariyali Murg tikka