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Let’s begin, for a change, with the dessert. The Tab Tim Grop, prepared by Chef DR Manohar, especially for the Wok of Life food fest at Hotel Bella Vista, is like that reassuring drop of life.

chandigarh Updated: Sep 21, 2012 00:32 IST

Let’s begin, for a change, with the dessert. The Tab Tim Grop, prepared by Chef DR Manohar, especially for the Wok of Life food fest at Hotel Bella Vista, is like that reassuring drop of life.


Though the price tag of Rs 300 is a little steep, every spoonful is worth it — pieces of water chestnuts with rose and khus flavour, swimming in coconut milk. The smoothness of the milk, coupled with the flavourful crunch of the water chestnut is impeccable. We solemnly declare that we do not speak for the ones with a conventional palate.

Let’s rewind. The four-course meal begins with satays (skewers) — 4-5 each for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. If you’re looking for comments on prawns and lobsters, don’t read on, as HT City was partial towards the vegetarian fare today. Satays of bell pepper, tofu, broccoli and baby corn are beautifully grilled, so as to maintain the natural, juicy taste, while
corroborating the chef’s sauces in each.

The dimsums — money bag, hargao and suimai (open basket dumplings) — are light, bland (rightly so), well steamed and sufficiently stuffed, except for the fried variant, the money bag.
Main course consisted of shitake mushrooms and vegetables, vegetables in hot garlic sauce, fried rice and noodles. Though the rice and noodles are the usual, vegetables in hot garlic sauce are packed with flavour. The dish teases the palate and prepares it for culmination — the dessert.

Though the tab tim grop is something to yearn for, the tropical millie fuillie is a letdown. Waffle wafers, good; whipped cream, good; canned fruits, not the best idea; jam base, what were you thinking?

At a glance

Restaurant: Bella Vista, Sector 5, Panchkula. Food fest — Wok of Life, on till September 30.

Overview: Located in Sector 5, Panchkula, it is a 25-minute drive from Sector 17 and a 15-minute drive from the airport.

Menu: The restaurant is also serving its regular fare — continental, Chinese and Indian — besides the fest. The fest also features a buffet for R450 per head, which is available only for dinner. Besides the buffet and a-la-carte, the fest menu also offers set combos(Rs 300 to R650).

Ambience: Special additions such as Buddha lamps and huge paper and wood umbrellas have been made for the festival.

Service: The waiters need some polishing.

Dress code: Semi-formal

HT City recommends: Hargao dimsums and tab tim grop

Cost of a meal for two: R1,200 (excluding tax) for a-la-carte

Hours of operation: 12 noon to 11 pm

Contact: 0172-5064848

First Published: Sep 21, 2012 00:26 IST