In a nutshell:
Good ambience, bad service, some real gems in the Pakistani food section & mostly average to bad food.
Address & other details: Coriander Leaf
Meal for 2: Rs. 1000 onwards.
Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian
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Short Description – in case u r in a hurry:
The restaurant is located inside a stand-alone, eye shaped (top view), beautiful full glass building in an office complex. The floor of a large part of the restaurant is made of thick transparent glass beneath which there is water & live fishes. No, they do not catch these fishes & cook them – these r ‘dekhnewale’ fish. The full wall glass ensures a great view outside & the fishes beneth feet is quite an interesting thing, must admit…………. Kudos to the guy/gal who designed this place.
Ambience is good & it is a good place to catch up with friends, family, expat guests, girlfriend/boyfriend etc.
Most of the good things end here. Service is disgusting bad. Here r some examples. We booked a table 20 minutes b4 reaching. We were promised the table. Were seated there & then for the next 15 minutes were trying to get the waiting staff to attend to us – everyone was so busy doing I don’t know what that they cud not bother to come & ask for the order. Knowledge of staff on menu items was not that good.
Mojito & Virgin Mojito r the two Globally used terms to denote a lemon & mint based drink with alcohol & a lemon & mint based drink without alcohol respectively. We ordered Mojito for some guests & virgin mojito for others. The guy comes & announces ‘mojito with alcohol’ & ‘Mojito without alcohol’. Very inappropriate in a gathering in certain Indian family settings I must say.
This restaurant serves North Indian & also Pakistani food. Our intent was to have the Pakistani ones & they were good. Rest were disgustingly disappointing. Overall, in terms of taste we had some gems & mostly average to good food.
Detailed Description – In case u have the Time to NJOY reading:
We started the evening with Caprionshka – It was the worst I have had in my whole life. I paid for it & was feeling like I have been mugged. No impact of lemon , a twistless single directioned sweet brown liquid with the mint not crushed in properly. Total waste of money, time, Energy. I wud give this a 0/5. Try the same drink at Hard Rock Cafe & u will find the difference between a bajaj scooter & a BMW!!!!
The meal started with Surkh Murg tikka Islamabadi – ‘Boneless chunks of Chicken interspersed with red hot spices & pit roasted’. This one was a soft non juicy chicken kabab with very strong flavors & taste of the masalas used. Loved it. I wud give this a 4.5/5.
Patiala Shahi Fish Tikka – Marinated chunks of River Sole grilled on Charcoal. This was quite average. Not juicy, not flaky (coz that is what sole is like), strong flavors towards the outer side but have surely had better. I was surprised at the choice of flavorless , plain textured sole for this dish. Paramjit Macchiwale / Pappu fish’s tandoori fish is better than this at much lower prices. I give this a 3/5.
Peshawari Kabab – Succulent lamb pieces marinated in yoghurt & spices & basted in tandoor till crisp – an exotic kabab from Peshawar. Super loved this. The meat was soft , had a ‘long marinated meat’ texture to it, spicy but not hot, thoroughly enjoyable. I give this a 4.5/5 again.
For main course we tried Bhuna Gosth Rawalpindi – Tender pieces of baby lamb cooked in thick brown gravy of onion, ginger, garlic & rich spices. Super gravy – thick, spicy (but not hot), not that oily, excellent taste. Meat pieces were succulent as well. I wud give this a 4.25/5.
The next dish Khumani anjeer bhare aloo aur paneer ke kofte had grated cheese, figs & apricot filled in a potato. The curry was in the right direction but had suboptimal salt. The gravy of a similar dish at Indus Flavors was way way superior. The gravy gets a 2/5. The kofta was soft, multi textured & gave this good feeling of biting into something new everytime we bit it. Kofta gets a 4/5. Overall it averages to 3/5.
For dessert we tried Seviyan ka Muzaffar – Fried vermicelli cooked over slow fire with khoya kesar almonds cashewnuts & coconut in pure ghee. This was a phenomenal dish to look at – we were super impressed by the looks. But the experience turned out to b very bad. It was flat, bland, did not have a twist, had a mono directional weird sweetness about it & totally failed to make an impression. I wud not give this anything more than 1/5. It was a total waste of money.
Overall the rating of food & beverages add up to 2.9/5
I wud very unlikely revisit but for trying the Pakistani section. How about u?