Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Restaurant Review - The Crown at Residency Towers

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I have eaten several times at the Residency Towers's Main Street buffet. I have always enjoyed the food there. But somehow, I have gone all these years without even realizing that there is a restaurant on the rooftop. This month, I got to eat at, and review the food at the The Crown.

The Crown is named for the dome that caps the building, and the beautiful interior that the dome houses.

The restaurant boasts inside & alfresco dining. The seating outside is just gorgeous, but tonight we were dining in the very opulently decorated inside seating area.

Before we get further into this post, let me apologize for the photographs. I find myself doing that too often. I really out to be better at shooting in low light by now! That said, the lighting at The Crown, while not optimum for photography, is very romantic. Look at our candle-lit table!

The first thing that struck me as soon as we sat down was the place settings and decor on the table. When you look around at the posh interiors, one cannot help but wonder if the glassware, cutlery & crockery was brought from the flea market. This is something that the restaurant should look into.

The alfresco and inside dining areas have different menus and different price tags. You pay more for eating in the fresh air, and there is a different a la carte menu as well. But we were there to sample a set menu designed for those dining under the dome.

The starters started arriving, and all our niggles about the crockery just vanished. That Galouti Kabab knocked everybody's socks off! Melt-in-the-mouth, perfectly spiced cakes of finely minced lamb on a round pastry that did not remind of any other pastry/roti I have ever eaten. The pastry was flaky, tender and absolutely perfect with the kabab. I think I put away quite a few of these gems!

The chicken kabab was also great. Cooked perfectly so the chicken just melts away. Just delicious. The fish was not a big hit with me, but there were others who enjoyed it.

The main courses arrived next. There was a creamy chicken gravy. I honestly don't remember what it was called, but it was yummy. The mutton roganjosh was very nice and the lamb shanks were really well cooked. I was personally very pleased to hear that the chef doesn't use tomatoes in his roganjosh gravy. Perfect!
The naans were just wonderful. Flaky, light and not chewy at all as nanns sometimes tend to be. I loved it! The Biriyani was okay. Nothing to write home about. The highlight of the main courses was the Dal Makhni. Slow-cooked dal laced with generous amounts of butter, the flavor is amazing. The chef shared with us that they cook the dal for over 24 hours at The Crown. No wonder the flavors are so mellow and rich! Just brilliant.


The dessert arrived, and I opted for the Western dessert. It was a chocolate cake-like thing. I don't know the name, to be honest. I wasn't a fan. While the saucy chocolate topping on the cake was nice enough, the flavor and texture of the cake didn't impress me at all. I was surprised when the others at the table seemed to like it! Honestly, I didn't want to go back even for a second spoonful.

Next time, I will just go with the usually safer Indian desserts.

Overall, the food was very good. I would do just what I did this time around - gorge on the starters, top it up with the main course, and pick at my dessert plate. At around Rs. 790 for unlimited portions of everything on the menu, it is a pretty sweet deal. But you should be aware that the menu is different every evening, and if I were you, I would call ahead to find out which day is Galouti Kabab day! :o)
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18 comments:

Galexi Cupcakes said...

It all looks delicious!! Happy Holidays my dear friend. xo Jackie

Kimby said...

What a romantic setting and opulent menu!  Thanks for sharing your special night out! 

Magic of Spice said...

I love the atmosphere and the food looks wonderful. Too bad about the cake, it sure looks good :)
Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Joyti said...

The food sounds great...and too bad the dessert did not match your expectations.
Happy New Year!

Galexi Cupcakes said...

It all looks delicious!! Happy Holidays my dear friend. xo Jackie

Memoriesinthebaking said...

According to your wonderful photos, it  looks like the perfect dining experience!  I love Indian cuisine. Unfortunately, I  haven't found a really good Indian restaurant in my area, but I ain't no quitter.
Happy New Year!

Residency Towers said...

Thanks for the Review "Harried Cook", Really Happy that u liked our place & Loved the food!! Looking forward to have you again with your loved ones... have noted your valuable feedback! :) :)

Jill @ MadAboutMacarons said...

That looked amazing, Marsha. Think your photos are great - not easy at night (I have the same problem, even worse if somebody moves!) and I LOVE that photo with the glass; look at these colours!  What a colourful start to the New Year!  Enjoy it to the full. J xo

Lizzy Do said...

SO good to see you back!!!! That top photo is fabulous...what an amazing setting!!!  And the food looks great, too! I'm going to take a peek at your cookies next :)

Baker Street said...

Setting is just perfect! Everything looks lovely! :)

Mary Bergfeld said...

Thank you so much for the review. I also love yourrecipe forpinwheels which appears just below. I hope youhave a great day. Blessings...Mary

Amanda said...

it is very romantic. love the candles :D

Kitchen Belleicious said...

great review and so glad your back to blogging. Sorry I missed your first few posts back! I am here now though! Can't wait to see all your yummy recipe ideas for 2012!

Peggy Labor said...

What a nice little event to be a part of!  Sounds like a good meal to me =)

Kristen said...

How interesting that the cutlery and china didn't match the decor of that gorgeous restaurant.  Sounds like you had a great time.

giftwithlove said...

Nice iste,good decorations.giftwithlove.com

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Hm, strange.  I remember I made a comment on this post but I don't see it.  Maybe it was in Spam.  It's a very good honest review! 

FreeSpiritEater said...

Looks like you had a marvelous menu! The place looks really romantic! Thanks for sharing your experience, I love the drink photo so much, great lighting. Have a good one! =] 

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