“We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” – Anna Thomas
House of Asia, the 5 year old restaurant at The Mirador hotel in Chakala is now celebrating an a Indo-Chino dine fest wherein it’s all set to offer a specially curated, new TDH menu that combines a good variety of Mughlai, Awadhi and Oriental fare in either Ala Carte or a special 6-course meal deal form that would include a soup, 3 starters, 2 mains, assorted breads, rice and desserts for just 1000 INR per adult or 750 INR per child excluding taxes!
The décor is minimalistic yet classy and elegant with a bar counter tucked away in the corner on the right just as you enter the restaurant, plenty of well cushioned chairs, comfortable couches and clean tables lined up in the dining area, followed by the salad bar, dessert counter and the buffet spread all lined up on the other end of the dining hall which further opens up into their kitchen. The adequate lighting and thoughtfully done space management further promises you a relaxed and splendid dining experience.
Watermelon & Goat Cheese
The crunchy arugula leaves, juicy balls of watermelon that wonderfully revealed a minty and slightly peppery flavour of basil with a touch of sweetness, and the delicate and crumbly goat cheese which was tangier and saltier in comparison to the usual feta used in the preparation, together ensured that this one turns out to be an absolutely hearty and refreshing treat!
A combination of thin, springy and adequately cooked noodles and juicy cherry tomatoes sliced into halves that this was; the dressing turned out to be a tad too sweet for my liking.
Gulkand Paneer Tikka
The deliciousness of this one totally took us by surprise, owing to the subtle yet vivid flavour of gulkand and faint smoky notes that these cushiony soft cubes of fresh, tandoored malai paneer revealed in every bite. The Avadhi Chutney made of yellow chillies served alongside was an absolutely spicy, tangy and sharp accompaniment that very well complemented the dish.
While these pan seared kebabs wonderfully revealed a bright and citrusy flavour of coriander and spiciness of the chillies, these were a tad bit dry and could definitely do with some more moisture and juiciness. The Beetroot Sauce served alongside had a sweet flavour and the consistency was reminiscent of a thick jam.
While the minced mutton was absolutely succulent, flavourful, moist and perfectly spiced; the Ulta Tawa Paratha that the kebab rested upon, not only missed out on the delicate flavour of saffron and was also a tad too thick consistency-wise, effectively coming in the way of a nearly-melt-in-the-mouth experience.
This long, succulent, moist and absolutely tender kebab with vivid smoky notes, could be effortlessly manipulated into bite sized morsels and so easily melted in the mouth! This was the clear WINNER amongst all the appetizers!
A crunchy preparation of spinach with sesame seeds further adding to the faintly bitter and crunchy deliciousness that this was, it’s sure to please all the spinach lovers out there!
Tandoori Lasooni Jhinga
While the tandoored prawns revealed vivid mellowed down pungency, faint smoky notes and a delicate nutty flavour of garlic, consistency-wise they were a tad bit overdone as the prawns missed out on the juicy springiness.
Pad Thai Noodles
This preparation, comprising of flat rice noodles stir fried with a plenty of crunchy veggies, sprouts and tender chunks of deboned chicken turned out to be a decent take on the world famous dish, only was a tad too sweet for my liking.
Chicken Dum Biryani
The overpowering flavour of tomatoes totally masked the flavour of subtle, aromatic spices in the preparation, the result of which it ended up being far from a perfectly flavourful blend of all ingredients. Moreover, it wasn’t even layered in a way that a biryani is traditionally supposed to be.
Singapore Chilli Prawns
Springy and juicy (optimally cooked) prawns were served in a pool of a tangy gravy that revealed a strong flavour of tomatoes and mild pungent undertones of scallions.
The alternating layers of creamy, sweet, and dense whipped cream and light and spongy cake letting out a bittersweet flavour of coffee, thoroughly pleased the coffee aficionado in me!
Caramel Banana Chocolate Tart
This miniature, bite-sized dessert was equally delicious a treat owing to the sweetness of the caramelized banana slice and the bittersweet flavour of chocolate; the tad bit chewy texture (while I was expecting crunchy freshness) of the tart shell being the only let down.
This pillow-y soft and spongy cottage cheese dumpling dunked in a pool of thick, rich, creamy and sweet saffron and grape flavoured rabri was yet another hit!
Mix Berry Compote
The richly perfumed zesty flavour of Kaffir lime that was infused into the whipped cream, very well complemented the sweet-tart flavour of the berry compote beneath, further escalating this dessert to yet another level of delicious goodness!
Fruit & Nut Gateaux
Alternating layers of soft sponge cake and light and airy whipped cream with dices and slices of a variety of fruits atop, together constituted a simple, soft and creamy dessert that’s sure to please all those who have an affinity towards creamy and spongy pastries or cakes.
This rich Rajasthani delicacy made of gram flour and ghee, further loaded with a plenty of pistachios and embellished with edible silver leaf on top, also ensured a perfectly sweet ending to our elaborate meal here.
The service was extremely courteous, friendly, warm and welcoming. The attendants were well groomed, efficient with good communication skills and reasonably fast. Chef Kamlesh and the banquet manager Kunjan Patel were kind and gracious hosts; both gave us good food suggestions too.
Considering how most fine dining restaurants quite easily burn deep holes in one’s wallet, the pricing for the meal deal seems to be quite reasonable, in fact, a steal!
Food Quality – 3.5/5
Food Quantity – 4/5
Ambience – 4/5
Service – 4.5/5
VFM – NA (This meal was courtesy an invitation by the restaurant to sample their new menu.)