So it’s the new year, a harbinger of novel experiences, and in the Hyderabad dining scene, an updated and rejuvenating culinary treat at Deccan Pavilion. How’s that for a delightful start to 2017.
ITC Kakatiya’s luxury all-day multicuisine restaurant has upped the ante with new additions to the menu that emphasises on eating healthy and thoughtfully.
Love, love, love the accent on Sattva (purity in Sanskrit) and Swasthya (wellbeing) that allows diners to make the right choice with graphically appealing and highly comprehensible dietary indicators beside each dish on the menu ranging from BOP (best of Pavilion) through lactose free dishes, right down to indicators on whether it contains forgotten grains, nuts, shellfish or pork. And if you’re craving something fishy, ITC Hotels in collaboration the Worldwide Fund for Nature helps you choose wisely with colour coded indicators on the menu that tell you whether (red) that particular type of seafood is over fished and you might want to think again before ordering it, or (orange) its under treat and you could do with another option, or the safest bet, follow the green indicator that’s a wise chose, go for it!
Salt to Taste was invited to the preview of the new menu and got to sample some of the new dishes. So lets start at the very beginning, Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start – the starters! I sampled the Burrata with Anise-poached Pears, currant celery pistou and rucola. What a fantastic introduction to the new menu. Loved everything about it. Next up was the crispy and wispy Buttermilk Chicken Crisps with lemon parmesan aioli and honey lime drizzle. Yummilicious!
From the tureen was Singapore Laksa. Traditionally laksa is served with just one kind of meat but looks like ITC decided to go all out to make it the Best of Pavilion by adding shrimp, fish and chicken! Missed fresh bean sprouts and cockles that are de rigueur in a Singapore Laksa. Trust me I know, it was my favourite lunch for over a decade when I lived in the Lion City.
Tried the Green Burger with caramelised onion and feta as well as the Chicken Katsu burger with horseradish and grain mustard relish. Both were equally good.
Ditched the local dishes – Kaddu ka Dalcha with Baghara Khana and Kachche Gosht ki Biryani since I’ve had it before at Deccan Pavilion and it’s always been consistently delish.
Instead, tried the Grilled Haloumi with roast vegetables and curried tomato chutney. True to its Sattva philosophy, this vegetarian dish was as fresh as it can get and the Turkish-inspired brined cheese scores big time for your wellbeing.
What can I say about the Lamb Rib and Broad Bean Tagine with stewed apricots and mint couscous, it’s sure to satisfy any carnivore.
For desserts I couldn’t decide between the Pavilion Chocolate Fudge with jaggery caramel sauce or the Crème Brulee with Apricot Fig Biscotti and mono floral litchi honey and lime elixir. So I devoured both! Like they say the proof is in the eating. I chose wisely didn’t I?