-By Rashmi Uday Singh
The Taj Mahal Palace's Shamiana has a pride of place in the history of Indian coffee shops as the first-ever 24-hour one. In its first avatar, it was large, buzzing and accessible. All that changed a few years ago when they re-did the decor; the ceiling now billows with beige sheers and gold-and-rust satin drapery (the intimidating fine-dining decor deters crowds from coming). Although they have a large range of dishes, save for a couple (Swiss Rosti, Nasi Goreng), it's the usual sandwiches to dosas and pizzas with pastas (including risotti like Risotto Pomodoro) mixed in. Crisp dosas (especially the Rava Masala Dosa in all its large and crispy glory) are hot sellers. Chicken and Vegetarian BIryani are favourites of regulars. New sweet endings: Chocolate and Marshmallow Pizza and Cardammon Brûlee. Don't miss the lavish, multi-cuisine spread if you're here at lunch (Rs.2,200). Special Saturday and Sunday Bubbly Buffets here take centre stage (Rs.2,600+ without and Rs.3,000/Rs.3,300+ with Champagne). P.S. Even though they keep saying they will be changing the intimidating fine-dining decor, they still haven't done so. The decor deters crowds from coming.
Review posted more than 6 month ago
The only credit of Shamiana is that it is open for 24 hours a day, so you can land up here anytime. The food here varies from dosa to pasta to sandwich to few other things. I prefer Dosa over anything else not only it is one of my favorite dish but also they are crispy and delicious here.
There are few additions in the menu of Shamiana but still it requires considerable work in term food quality.
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