Café at Hyatt Regency provides something for everybody
Some things in life are better in the whole than in parts. A meal at the newly renovated Café at New Delhi’s Hyatt Regency is one such example. With excellent service, newly done interiors and infinite choice, the meal tends to be more than pleasant. But one would be hard-pressed to identify a particularly exceptional dish or remarkable moment.
Having just completed six-months of “extensive redevelopment”, let’s first focus on the interiors. Christened simply “Café”, it does have an anonymous feel to it. It could be located anywhere. However, the Egyptian “Tree of Life” is the one signature decorative structure. What sets apart this 24-hour restaurant is the interactive style of dining. Diners are encouraged to personally choose their food and drink from the four interactive kitchens, which include a fresh juice and beverage bar, a salad and appetiser kitchen, a hot slow kitchen and a dessert kitchen.
The variety of food and drinks on offer is incredible. Cafe offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, late night supper in addition to its a la carte menu. To start the journey, one begins with an apple and celery juice. It arrives in a glass the size of a decanter. Made from absolutely fresh ingredients, one feels one is glowing with health after a few sips. Keen to try something different, one goes for a coffee and basil drink. It is a touching experiment but hardly a successful one.
While the buffet beckons eagerly, attentive waiters ensure that food reaches your table, so you don’t have to get up for every helping. The lettuce salad with a gentle grapes seed oil dressing is excellent just as the hummus and pita bread. The fish tikka, however, is quite a disappointment as it is neither soft nor tasty. The chicken soup of the day is a wholesome treat but the mushroom soup is a tad too thin and could do with some mushroom pieces.
The Indian dishes in the main course keep changing between the cuisines of Punjab, Rajasthan, Kerala, Hyderabad and Kashmir. In the midst of all the splendid variety, a simple dal and rice provides some much needed soul food. The achari aloo is naughty and nice, just as is the meat curry. With small helpings being the focus of the dessert counter, you can try a whole range of dainty and tasteful desserts. The live waffle and pancake counter gives you your Mary Poppins moment, where with the click of your fingers, you’ll get the pancake of choice.