ambrosia – The Temple Feast, Lotus Cafe, JW Marriott Hotel, Juhu
titled ambrosia last weekend, I could not be any more happy; the invitation
looked attractive and the tag line, Deities wouldn’t settle for anything less,
really made look forward to it!
The vegetarian in me was jumping in joy at the sight of a 100% vegetarian
buffet at a 5 star after a long, long time!
the happiness that one gets from a restaurant filled with people (yes, a
restaurant filled with loads of people, talking amongst themselves gives me
loads of happiness); and the soothing ambiance, all played up to get me in the
perfect mood to thoroughly enjoy my meal!
temple feast focuses on five traditional cuisines from five regions of the
country, and they have also brought in chefs from each region!
but the sight of bateta nu shaak, till date, simply melts me!
Wada: Not very spicy and bang on flavours; but the very
thick layer of besan and the fact they had gone cold were the biggest downfalls!
Dhokda (white dhoklas): Good, but then again, the
heat was a concern!
but not great! But I guess any Gujju who has grown up eating his/her grandma’s
haath ka undhyu will always agree to the fact that nothing beats that one!
Karela nu Shaak: Yes, this was part of the buffet, NO! I
did not even taste this one!
no Odo (baingan bharta): Decent enough is all I
Tameta nu Shaak: Which Gujju does not love betata tameta nu
rassa waadu shaak? Team it up with ghee loaded just off the gas phulkas or some
theplas or just plain simple rice and you are good to go but this, NOOO!
Ki Tikki and Pethewaali Tikki: While was peas and elaichi
and not enjoyable; the other was simply brilliant!
Jalandhari: Yum, but on the sweeter side! Still YUM!
Khatta Meetha and Kaju Mattar Makhana: Tried these two for
the first time and they were surprisingly delicious!
Makhani and Rice and Amritsari Kulchas: Okay, so I love
this combination, and can literally live off it, and I have always maintained
that ITC has always had the best Dal Makhani but after having this at both the JW’s,
I guess I take back my words! JW Mumbai has the best Dal Makhani EVER, and
those Kulchas, what can I say of them soft, and loaded with butter; thank God I
was the only one eating those!
Porotta: Ever since my trip down south last year,
when I happened to try Malabari Porotta for the first time and fell in love
with it, and ever since, I have been searching for the perfect one here in
Bombay and always failed, but luckily, not anymore, for I have finally got it
at the Lotus Cafe!
one was a channa sabji that was really delicious with a base flavour of
curry leaves; one was a khatta meetha gravy (sorry I have
forgotten the names) and one was a dish similar to the Avial but it wasn’t the avial!!
looking stuff but I didn’t try them, somehow not a HUGE fan of Pan Asian
had amongst the best ragda pattice’s that I have ever had; and made just to the
way I enjoy it, loads of salad, less ragda, sev and a very very spicy tikki! Oh
these various buffets at 5 stars have some really depressing pizza, but this
one, was surprisingly delicious and simply perfect! There is nothing that I can
say about this one except the fact that I was in love with it!
like this one, you are sure to go weak in the knees! Mousse, Pastries, Chocolate
Toffee Meringue tart (this was delicious), Chocolate Lamington, Caramel Cake, Basil
Mascarpone, Lauki Halwa, Gulab Jamuns, Kesar Kaju Rolls, Malai Chop, Choco
Badam Bati, Kesar Sandesh, Besan ke Laddoo, Sevaiyan kheer, Rasgullas, assorted
ice creams and what not!
See how happy I was as I
relished the meal!
the feast at Lotus Café and it sure will be etched in memory for a really long
time to come!
Thank You, JW Marriott, Juhu for having us over!
at INR 2000++ per head on weekdays and INR 2400++ per head on weekends!