Try Delectable North Indian & Mughlai Buffet At Masala Mandi

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What Makes It Awesome?

There is a charm that this place beholds as soon as you enter. An elegantly crafted water fountain, shades of wood and royal blue furniture, colourful lamps adorning the ceiling, fine artwork on the walls, impart a royal and conventional Indian feel to the ambience. The outdoor seating is done on swing style sofa seating, and it is lovely to be in the midst of this setting and greenery to complement if the weather is kind.

The theme is synonymous with the food menu on offer, traditional North Indian. and Mughlai buffet. There are a barbecue and grill on the table which quite reminds me of several barbecues-themed restaurants we have in town. Except for the fact that the menu is completely dedicated to Indian fare.

The starters are inspired from Delhi ki chaat and you can find Golgappas, Papdi chaat, Kachori chaat, Assortment of kebabs, Ram laddoos(moong dal fritters) and a few more. While some of them captured the spirit of Northern street food quite well. Some just lacked the essence.

The vegetarian main course consisted of Pindi chhole, Dal makhani, Matar paneer, Kadhi pakoda, Yellow dal tadka, Assortment of bread and biryani. A limited yet befitting selection of delicacies belonging to varied North Indian regions. The flavours were on point except for a few ignorable tit bits.

The desserts were impressive with their presentation. The menu for the day comprised of Gulab jamun, Moong dal halwa, Barfi, Shahi tukda, Rasmalai, Besan laddoo, Malai roll, Rabdi and Kulfi falooda. While Rasmalai was impeccable in texture and taste, Kulfi falooda was disappointing. I missed the creaminess of kulfi and softness of falooda.

The traditional hand washing ritual and the refreshing pan at the Panwadi stall brought an end to our meal. The vegetarian meal is priced between 599-749 INR +taxes, non-vegetarian at 699-849 INR+taxes, including one complimentary mocktail. No alcohol is served.

It was quite an experience, with both the food and ambience being distinctive. While many buffet places lose out on the game of flavours this one held it close to its niche and chose perfection over plenty. And this is what sets it apart from the rest.

What Could Be Better?

Few starters, kulfi falooda, could be better in flavour.

How Much Did It Cost?

₹500 - ₹1,000

Best To Go With?

Family, Big Group, Bae, Kids.

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