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A pleasant surprise

Cabana at Tivoli Grand is a great new addition to the city’s fine dining map.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2009 17:50 IST
Sonal Kalra

I had to look at this invite twice over. Maybe I was confusing it with some other place with a similar name. But it stated very clearly — we would like to invite you for a food review at Tivoli Grand. “Isn’t Tivoli a venue for weddings and corporate events?,” I asked a colleague.

Turned out that my knowledge was limited. Tivoli Grand, the new resort hotel at GT Karnal Road is the latest sibling of the rather popular Tivoli Garden at Chhattarpur. And apart from being a sprawling and spectacular venue for functions, the place also boasts of a 24-hour multi cuisine restaurant named Cabana.

Despite accepting the invite, I was duly skeptical, all thanks of my conventional belief that ‘if a place is good at something other than food, the latter surely is not upto the mark.’ I was in for a pleasant surprise.

Eventually the fabulous live music and the simple yet aesthetic decor could come only a close second to the food. To begin with, the menu was vast. That’s not necessarily a good thing, but I’m sure works well for a place where the resident guests often comprise demanding baaratis or corporate executives hungry after an exhilarating cricket match in the huge grounds on the premises. Silently promising myself that I’ll refrain from over eating, I dug into the non veg platter and particularly enjoyed the murg malai tikka, despite noticing a peculiar flavour in chicken which was hard to place.

Among the veg snacks, Dahi ke Kebab were just superb. Although a mix of cuisines is normally a put off, I did try the oriental snacks and the one worth a mention is salt and pepper vegetables, which were perfect in crispiness and flavour. One could notice that the menu, though exhaustive, has been kept basic, essentially to cater to varied tastes.

In the main course, don’t miss the Kashmiri Rogan Josh and their signature dal — both are guaranteed to leave your palate more than satisfied. I couldn’t say the same about some of the beverages. The lemon iced tea was rather bland, and it would be wise to stick to the ‘real’ drinks once the bar is fully set-up. The veteran chef’s expertise was well evident, not just in the main meal but in desserts too. I rounded up my meal with a hearty portion of chocolate mousse, proving yet again that promises, especially to one’s own self, are meant to be broken. All in all, Cabana has the potential to turn into a preferred stop-over option for those looking for fine dining on that stretch. And a real treat if you happen to be staying over. Well-done Tivoli.

Meal for two:

Rs 2000


Tivoli Grand, Main G.T.Karnal Road, Jindpur Village, Opposite Sai Baba Mandir, Delhi - 110036


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