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Fun with flavours

OSAMA JALALI
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dessert time White chocolate paan at Latitude
dessert time White chocolate paan at Latitude

The revamped menu at Latitude, Noida, has interesting fare, including a white chocolate paan for dessert

Conveniently located near the Sector 18 Metro station of Noida, Latitude is a nice fine-dining Indian speciality restaurant. I visit it to check out its recently-revamped menu. The man at the helm of things at Latitude is Diwas Wadhera, a talented chef when it comes to rustling up something interesting in Indian cuisine. The new menu he has tailored is a selection of handpicked dishes from across the country but dominated by Awadhi cuisine. The good part of the menu is that the chef has also also incorporated the popular dishes from various food promotions that Latitude has had in the last one year.

I begin my meal with a nice Amuse-Bouche, a single, bite-sized hors d’œuvre. It sets off a flavoursome chain of starters. Fish tikka marinated in tulsi and wrapped in a banana leaf has all the aromas to entice my taste buds. I like the way how Chef Diwas presents the tikka with a wooden clipper holding the leaf.

The murgh ki champ, marinated overnight, is succulent and perfectly spiced. The lamb galouti is not up to the mark though, a surprise. It needs a pinch of aromatic Awadhi spices to get the suppressed flavours to bloom.

The dish that stands out particularly at Latitude is the roti pe boti. Boti of a tender piece of lamb has a balanced texture, drawing a thin line between a burrah and a kabab, just awesome.

Paneer ke sooley here can compete well with its non-vegetarian counterparts and has an earthy flavour of being char-grilled to perfection.

After the long list of appetisers, I settlefor a pause and enjoy my lichi sorbet.

Meanwhile, Goan fish curry and Chettinard chicken arrive on my table followed by nawabi Kundan kaliyan and chote tamatar ka gosht as my main course. The Chettinard chicken, with a smooth curry, really goes well with the steamed rice. Somehow, the simple home-style food always wins over a complicated dish for me. But one thing to keep in mind whenever you visit Latitude is, please reserve space for the desserts as the Chef creates some amazing ones. White chocolate paan made with delicious Belgian chocolates and stuffed with gulkand is something which has become more popular than any other offerings at Latitude.

Meal for two

Rs.2500

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