Saturday, 6 September 2014

Review: Timescity Gourmet Week, September 1 to 7, 2014

Well, as they say, once a foodie, always a foodie.

And what better than Gourmet Food Festivals that celebrate food with class!

Timescity, known for celebrating lifestyle and known for exciting initiatives around food (remember Times Food Awards?) are here with Timescity Gourmet Week, 2014.

Timescity Gourmet Week 2014 - Highlights:

- A week long culinary celebration showcasing Times Food Award 2014 winning restaurants across 6-cities;
- Menus specially curated by critics to highlight the best offerings from participating restaurants.
- Significantly better prices than the original menu and I can, from my experience, tell you, a big fat menu than the original :)

I strongly recommend that you catch up with this Gourmet week, this weekend.

Here is my review of the Timescity Gourmet Week 2014 Menu at the Royal Indianaa,  The Accord Metropolitan, G N Chetty Road, Chennai:



Accessibility:

Right at the center of the city, on G N Chetty Road (which is a much better traffic proposition than the rest of T Nagar, as any Chennai resident will tell you), ample parking space and valet parking, its just very smooth sauntering in.

The 'Timescity Gourmet Week' Menu:

First things first, this is as attractive as it begins (well, by the time you have relished the meal, you will forgive the typos you find here, trust me):


The Food:

The Welcome Dish:


Mini Masala Papads:


The Soup:
Dal-Mattar Shorba, a thin soup of boiled and strained lentils and peas, as healthy and easy to partake as it gets.  Loved it.


The Starters:
If there is a reason why this menu is a NOT to be missed foodie indulgence, to start with, its the starters course.  


A mind-boggling diverse course of 10 different starters, and, you get 2 pieces of each starter in the standard menu! 

Come, partake:

Angoori Mewa Mawa Galouti:

The star of the starters course, this has a mini-paratha layer topped with a melt-in-your mouth preparation of khoa, dry grapes and mashed potatoes. Subtle fragrance and excellent fusion of flavors. I am head over heels in love with this. MUST TRY!

Crumbed Patties Burger:


A juicy mini-burger!

Sizzling BBQ Paneer Tikka:


Sadhana Tandoori Hara Gobi (Cauliflower):


Coriander Adai:


Kale Moti ki Tikki:


An unusual tikki made of black channa. 

Szechwan Vegetable Frankie:


Karuvepilai Podi Mini Idli:


Mini idlis coated and sauteed in curry leaves ground powder.

Suyyam:


A Chettinad delicacy, any foodie would now be friends with this. Usually comes in sweet & spicy avatars; this menu includes the sweet one - jaggery filled. Yummy!

The Beverage:

The standard menu includes a beverage; you get to choose from a range of fresh juices, canned juices and soft drinks.
We chose fresh pineapple & canned orange.

hmm.. after two each of those, if at all you ever have tummy space for the main course, here we go:

Salads and Chaat:



A variety of Indian breads with an awesome Dal Tadka:


We tried the butter naan, tandoori paratha and the humble phulka - all succulent and finely done.

I am putting up my curated selection of photos from the main course - it is a much larger spread:

This is my veggie feast:


Pickled Paneer Sandwich in Palak:


Unusual; paneer sandwich with a pickled middle layer in a spinach gravy. 

Broccoli & Beans Usli:


I love broccoli and this one is again, a rare combo - broccoli and beans fried in lentils with mustard seasoning.

Dum Aloo Kashmiri:


Chow Chow Kootu:


Lasagna:


Panchkuta Rajasthani Subzi:


Five veggies cooked in a traditional Rajasthani recipe! Must try, this!

Sambar and Kaara Kulambu:


Gravy accompaniments, based on lentils and tamarind, respectively.

For rice enthusiasts, there's a selection that includes dum biriyani, steamed rice.  The biriyani is a must try!

The Desserts:
Yes, my favorite part of the menu .. any day, any place.  In fact, my  main course, blessed as I am with 32 sweet teeth! so, all of the course is a must try.

A range of International Desserts:



Fantastic Strawberry Gateaux: this is the star of the course:


Gulab Jamun & Adai Prathaman (a kerala staple dessert with flattened rice flakes and milk):


 Frozen Desserts: 3 flavors: Vanilla, Strawberry & Pineapple:



A fitting finale with vanilla ice cream & gulab jamun:


If you thought, the delight culminated there, oh wait, this is how condiments and mouth fresheners got served, with Jasmine flower strands: so true to Madras!



The Ambience:

Its a warm, welcoming and homely ambience with stately Chettinad pillars made of wood and stone. These are prized architecture from South Tamil Nadu:





We went for lunch and loved the ghazals (predominantly Jagjit Singh ji's gems); should you choose to go for dinner, you will be treated to live classical music: 



Loved this floral arrangement right at the reception of the hotel:


The Service:
Very good. Meet Saheb, who gave us excellent hospitality and service through our lunch:


Foodies, they say a picture speaks a thousand words, so i have almost made this a photo review.

Synopsis:

Accessibility: 4 / 5 Stars
Food: 4.5 /5 stars
Ambience: 4 / 5 stars
Service: 4.5 /5 stars

So, indulge in Timescity Gourmet Week, this weekend.

Book here.  The Gourmet Week is applicable across a range of restaurants in 6 cities.  Just choose your city from the drop down on the top left and choose the menu/restaurant of your choice. Amex cards entitle an additional 10% discount.

Bon Appetit!

Cheers :)