1911, The Imperial, Janpath
Home Delivery: No.
Parking On Weekdays/Weekends: Easy. Efficient valet service.
The picture-postcard coffee shop, with Raj memorabilia on the walls and a verandah that extends into a manicured lawn, is, without doubt, the best-looking in its category. But we wish we could say the same about the food and the service - the quality of the dishes varies wildly, especially when the items are grilled, and the waiters desperately need re-education. The 256-seater restaurant has three sections - 80-seater Le Brasserie, which turns into a French fine-dining restaurant in the evening (with a nine-course degustation menu priced at Rs 12,000; see review in the 'European' section); 68-seater, glass-enclosed verandah; and 108-seater extension that leads into the lawn. Our favourite is the sun-soaked buffet on winter afternoons, but the food doesn't match the ambience. It's obvious that the hotel, in an effort to offer value deals, stints on quality. The lunch buffet in non-winter months is priced at Rs 650 plus 8% sales tax; the Sunday brunch buffet comes for Rs 750 plus tax. From the a la carte menu, we would recommend the French Onion Soup, Lobster Rolls with Avocado, 1911 Spaghetti, Momos, Mulayam Seekh Kebab and Nasi Goreng.
Meal for Two: Rs1,400