Saturday, August 29, 2009

Veggie Nook: Venue

Sumptuous spread to suit your palate

Photos: G. Krishnaswamy

Your pick Diners enjoy a meal at the Quality Inn Residency (below) the spread.

The 3-star Quality Inn Residency hotel in Nampally houses Venue, the One Flight Down pub, and Café Capri – all of which offer pure vegetarian fare.
Opposite the hotel’s main entrance is the 120-seater Venue. The restaurant itself doesn’t have a notable ambience but looks quite hygienic, as expected of a 3-star hotel. It is known for its buffet, though a high-priced a la carte menu is also available. Tables are arranged around the oval-shaped buffet spread in the centre of the room. This well-planned display leaves a lot of room for easy manoeuvring by the diners.
Look up all synonyms of sumptuous to describe this very generous buffet spread. At the foot of the buffet table is a spread of salads and at the far-end are the scrumptious desserts. Conspicuous by its absence in this huge array is a live food counter. Second, in the vast assortment of desserts, there are no sugar-free desserts for the more health conscious.
Here is a complete list of items on offer this day:
Soups: corn garlic, almond
Salads: green salad, coleslaw, aloo chat, salad de capri, walnut & apple in thick mayonnaise base, beans sprout, peanut pickle salad
Starters: samosa, dahi wada, kachori, sesame vegetable dry, potato in barbeque sauce
Indian curries: gatte ka saag, thuria tamatar , ker kajoo, palak mushroom, matar paneer, gobi musallam, paneer tikka makhanwala, palak mushroom, veg dopiaza , dal makhani
Chinese: golden fried baby corn in HP sauce, diced vegetables in hoisin sauce, Schezwan noodles
South Indian: avial, bhindi pakodi, rasam, sambar
Rice: White rice, curd rice, dum biryani, lemon rice, China town fried rice
Desserts constitute dry sweets, ‘Bengali’ sweets, Ice creams, pudding and cut fruits—in all 15 varieties on offer.

Others: Indian breads, gypsy king (diced vegetables in thick brown gravy), au gratin, five varieties of papad, pickle, chutneys, curd, boondi raita, mirchi ka salan
The USP of the restaurant is the excellent service provided by the amiable waiters. They hover at a respectful distance, alert to your needs. Plates are removed promptly and water refilled almost instantaneously.
Not all food is labelled and some of the erroneously-spelt labels are quite baffling to interpret. The lack of such attention to detail prevents it from being counted as one of the more upscale buffets. Yet, it is worth a try especially as the great selection pandering to every palate leaves you quite satisfied with its taste.
The lunch Buffet at Venue costs Rs. 175 on weekdays and Rs. 199 on weekends. Special buffets are offered on days of national and regional festivals at Rs. 225. South Indian tiffin, fast food, breakfast and dinner buffets available at their Café Capri.
A la carte costs between Rs. 700-800 for a meal for two. Two-level parking with valet-parking facility offered.

Pluses: No noise, no waiting lines, value for money
Minuses: No special items that you don’t find elsewhere
Food: 3.5/5; Ambience: 3/5
Location: On Public Garden Road, Nampally

This article was published HERE.


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