Kama at Radisson Blu Hotel Ghaziabad scores high on substance and style
The National Capital Region caters to every kind of taste bud. But it’s quite funny that while Gurgaon seems to have a fondness for non-vegetarian delicacies (the daily grill and barbecue invites I get are a proof of this), Ghaziabad seems to be loaded with vegetarian foodies.
And the result is that a five star property like Radisson Blu has come up with a hardcore vegetarian Indian speciality restaurant called Kama. My last encounter with a Radisson property was Made in India, their restaurant in Noida, which I still recall as the chef had prepared some good dishes. So with high expectations I went to Kama.
Once I entered the hotel I was quite impressed. I loved the traditional Indian set up of Kama.
Also, the welcome was quite warm and homely. Prepared by chef Nikhil Rastogi, the menu was quite interesting. He was courteous enough to share the table with me throughout my dinner. I liked the attempt to make the dinner experience quite chic.
Instead of regular menu card, I was handed an I-pad to order my food. After going through the options I asked chef to serve me his choice of dishes. I started with a coconut shorba and before I could say anything the chef called it an Indian tom kha. He was right. My soup was followed by starters like rumani kebab, cardamom cutlets, ajwaini paneer tikka and spinach roomali chaat roll.
Every dish had a distinct flavour. One thing worth mentioning is the presentation of the food. I have not seen anybody presenting Indian vegetarian food with such finesse and class lately. After the mouth-watering starters, my main course arrived. Again, I was impressed by the quality of the ingredients and the uniqueness of the dishes. Chef Nikhil told me that they have hired a traditional maharaj to prepare some authentic dishes. Dishes like bharwan bhindi and Ferrari ki sawari potato gnocchi with spinach were quite innovative.
The khathal ki biryani was divine. It was flavourful and aromatic. Finally, a vegetarian dish doing justice to the name biryani.
I signed off with a yummy and sophisticated green tea tiramisu. Kudos to the chef for the innovation in creating it.
Meal for two - Rs 1000