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For a memorable dining experience

Pavilion, the new coffee shop at The Residency, offers a huge spread in a delightful, sunny ambience, our METROPLUS team discovers

COFFEE POT, the coffee shop at The Residency has undergone a name change. It is now Pavilion, a 24-hour eatery high on technology. Lots of natural lighting, rich architecture and innovative interiors have gone into designing the new 110-seater coffee shop. The inviting cane furniture has been brought in all the way from Indonesia.

Concepts new to Indian hotels, the interactive kitchen is one of them, have been introduced to ensure the guest can order a dish cooked the way he/she wants. Another wonderful addition is the plate lowerator, a delightful contraction that ensures you don't have to bend over backwards to pick up a warmed plate from the counter. As guests keep dipping in to take out a plate, it pushes the next one upwards. The lowerator also throws up (literally) cold plates at the dessert counter.

Also, the desserts and salads are placed in a counter, on which cold air is continuously being circulated to keep the food fresh.

On offer is an expansive buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, besides the a la carte section. Nearly 100 dishes are on offer during the lunch and dinner buffets, including a vast array of salads and tempting desserts. During the launch, we start off with tiny breads, eaten with a choice of jam or butter, both of which are served on the table, before proceeding to the vegetable pepper soup. The main course offers a choice of rice, Indian breads and gravies, besides Chinese fare. We tried naan (made order) and paneer daulat-e-khas. The combo was good and the paneer lived up to the expectations.

You can also try the aromatic Zafrani subzi biriyani, which went well with the crunchy subzi kurkuri tikki. The raitha, kept with the salads, is a must-try. Among gravies, the poosani pal kuruma was really good. Also tuck into saboot moong dal, Aloo laal saag and Nilgiri kaikari. As accompaniment, try kumpou chai, soft and deep-fried vegetables that are crisp and chewy.

Pasta, with mushroom and pepper, was a little heavy on cheese, but the maangai rice with aviyal tasted just right, its traditional flavour intact.

Though the non-vegetarian section is not expansive, there is variety. Of the six delicacies on offer, Kashmiri, Oriental and South Indian cuisine find place. "We need to have a multi-cuisine menu for a buffet. That's why we are offering North Indian, Continental and Oriental food," says M. Manohar, Corporate Chef of the hotel. The Nagore kozhi biriyani, heavy on spice and mixed with finely-shredded chicken, was a gourmand's delight. In the fish items, the chemmeen maangai curry stood out. Though very spicy, the mangoes blended well to lend a unique taste. The Phuket fish was not as hot as the Indian delight. This soft and sweet fish, nonetheless, offset the spicy flavour of the biriyani and fish.

The other delicacies in this section included Adrak-daniya murgh and the bland Sab Deg. To

end on a sweet note, indulge in the dessert section. They offer variety, including one hot pudding and one hot South Indian payasam. The low-fat hot chocolate dry cake is out of the world. In custards, choose from caramel or strawberry. Both are good. Nutty tart, hot lychees pudding, dry fruit halwa, and ice-creams (choose from a topping of nuts and chocolate and strawberry sauces) are enjoyable.

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