The restaurant at the Clark's Exotica is located close to the International Airport and you can hear a constant buzz of airplanes as you sit down for your meal. The restaurant overlooks a pool and offers a good view, especially in the evenings.

Celebrity mushrooms

We start with portions of the vegetarian hara bhara kebab, an assortment of veggies cooked with besan and the kebab platter comprising tangery kebab, lamb sheek kebab and the innovatively named chicken tikka celebrity mushroom. The kababs are soft and taste good. The malai kebab — soft pieces of chicken leg garnished with butter and spices — is not very oily, is high on spice and tastes excellent. The lamb sheek kebab imparts a smoky flavour and tastes excellent with hummus.

If sea food is what you prefer, you could bite into the crunchy and oily tempura prawns. It brings out a slightly bitter sweet flavour; they taste heavenly. For starters, you could also sample the dahi bhallas, a Delhi street food, which transports you to the by lanes of the capital.

In the main course, we attack the red snapper Provencal, comprising walnut crusted red snapper with coriander scented tomatoes served on a bed of greens. The dish wins full marks on the excellent presentation, and scores on the taste as well.

High on spice

We also sample the grilled lamb chops served with mashed greens with added herbs and the rogan gosht — lamb cooked in authentic Lucknowi gravy is also excellent. The mutton used in both the preparations is tender and goes well with the gravies on offer. The rogan gosht is high on spice and oil, and tastes excellent with rotis and naans.

We finish the meal with servings of the soft centred chocolate mud cake, served with a portion of vanilla ice cream. The warm cake and the chocolate filling complement the vanilla ice cream well and is an excellent way to end the meal. Clark's Exotica is located at Swiss Town, off Devanahalli Road. Call 9731304013.

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