In a NUtshell:
5/5 on showsha, great place to impress ur firang/ NRI friends who do not have much exposure to the real indian food, saw-tooth experience when it came to the food. It ranged from average to excellent. Nothing was outstanding in terms of taste, flavor & texture.
Address & other details: tresind
Meal for 2: ₹3000
Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian
Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not have even one featured / sponsored reviews. YUMMRAJ believes in going to a restaurant in anonymity, as a normal guest, experience everything & give a honest account of the same to you.
I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster
Short description- in case u r in a hurry
We got to know of this place while browsing Zomato. We called them to book a dinner on a Saturday. They said they serve only fixed menu on weekends. We agreed, in absence of a choice.
This restaurant is a part of a chain that started in the Middle East & is very popular there.
The restaurant is located in a not yet crowded location in BKC. So finding parking was easy.
The interiors were plush & nice. Nothing stood out but overall it looked good. The bar looked the best to me from a visual perspective.
The fixed menu was presented to us in a one sheet printout. It had really shortened names of dishes with no mentions of the accompaniments, forget having a description.
At the time of serving, the server was rattling off the description in rocket speed – sounded quite like rap. They had obviously mugged the description & hence probably feeling relieved after ‘quickly finishing it off’. Wud b nice to have this in a more conversation manner.
Staff were polite but not warm. The trainer / recruiter has a long way to go.
As we sat, a vessel with Pleasant smelling fumes was presented on the table for some time. It was visually delightful.
Some dishes were ok, some good, Some very good & others excellent!!! We experienced it all.
Though we were told this is a pan india cuisine, there was feeble representation of south india, none of Kashmir, none of north east & most importantly nothing from Maharashtra, where the restaurant is. Most of the dishes were north Indian restaurant food.
Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
We started with Snacks.
Kolkata ghugni tart with wasabi peas – we were told that wasabi peas are a substitute of the pungent mustard oil. The sev had to be sprinkled on top. The tart was good, so was the ghugni. The wasabi peas were nervous & cud not make their presence felt. The sev was average quality bought from regular market. Rate the dish 2.5/5
We absolutely loved the snack with Muhammara on top, potato chip on both ends, hung curd dip in the middle – it was like an oasis in the desert. Sheer brilliance of execution & of courses great thought. Rate it 4.75/5
Stuffed kulcha was average. The kulcha was soft & had a good texture. The stuffing was bland & directionless. It was nothing but a filler. Rate it 2/5.
Pani Puri bingsu – this was a deconstructed pani puri made with shaved ice, a concept they said was inspired by Korean bingsu. It had a lump of shaved ice with green Chutney & another lump with red Chutney. Crisp masala boondi acted as the substitute for crisp puri. They had also put kabuli Chana & boiled potato cubes. It was nice, interesting & very different. It was served on a moulded bowl made out of ice!!! Rate the dish 4.25/5
Prawn rasam was a very good rasam, slightly thicker than the usual Udupi restaurant ones. The prawns added good flavor but they were hard & chewy. It was nowhere close to the outstanding fresh seafood that mumbai has to offer. Rate the rasam 4.25/5. Rate the prawns 2.25/5. Overall rating averages out to 3.25/5
Lamb khari was an interesting dish – it had lamb in between two pieces of khari (a mumbai speciality), placed on a pool of thick flavourful & yumm Nihari (a mutton curry that is made by slow cooking meat, herbs & spices over a long time). The Nihari was thicker than all Niharis I cud remember having at kallu, Haji Shabrati, karims, rahim’s or idris bhai’s shop in Lucknow. It was very good to taste. Rate the dish 4.5/5
Chicken roomali was a roll with chicken in the middle. Average. nothing remarkable. Seemed to me like a filler. Rate it 2/5
Gujarati farsaan was served in a dry unique manner. It had a small piece of khandvi that stood perpendicular to the plate. Good to eat. Not different. The seasoned chilly was not hot as expected but it was flavorful. The spotlight was however on the sorbet that was made from Gujarati kadhi!!! It was excellent, unique & just too good. A papdi was placed on top, to remind if fafda. The tiny amount of papaya Chutney at the base was good too. Rate the dish 4.5/5
Ram Babu paratha was a mutton keema paratha. It was good but way short of great. The mutton filling was sub optimal. The guys at the kitchen were probably in a hurry to make the parathas faster than their ideal time on the tawa. The outside was mildly over cooked & the inside was sub optimally cooked. The atta did not have salt in it – do the parts where filling was less tasted bland. The paratha itself was very average. Loved the flavor of ghee though. The filling of mutton tasted good but not great. Rate the dish 2/5
The paratha came with a chicken curry & Bhuna gosht.
The chicken curry was just average. It did not have any particular flavor, too much red color in it, the chicken pieces were ok, not great. The curry was ok as well. Rate it 2/5.
The bhuna gosht was very good. The meat pieces were super soft & nice. The gravy was thick, robust & intense. Loved the flavors of meat. Rate it 4/5.
Then came the memorable Khichdi – for both taste & the presentation. First a map of india came in the trolley. It had small bowls placed at different parts of the map. Our server would pick up each ingredient , talk about it & add to the Khichdi. Some of the ingredients were genuinely from that place, like gunpowder from chennai, mustard oil from Kolkata, etc. some others sounded like a force fit – ghee from Haryana & butter (Amul) from Punjab!!!
After putting all ingredients the guy mixed it & served. It tasted very good. Each bite was different. Loved it. Rate it 4.5/5
For dessert we were served Guava chaat – Guava ice cream served inside frozen real guava bowls (made by scooping out the mid part). The red chaat masala was fab & so was the ice cream. Great dessert. Rate it 4.5/5
Pakang tod was a combination of 3 items.
Reduced milk solid sweet was excellent. Great taste & super rich feel. Rate it 4.5/5
Pan was good meetha paan. Rate it 3.5/5
The third was plain Thandai – good to taste. Tasted like industrially manufactured, nowhere close to manually made thandai at pandit Raja’s shop in Lucknow. Rate it 3/5.
Overall rating of food at tresind averages out to 3.5/5
Wud never revisit, unless I am treating an NRI / non indian work colleague to dinner after being refused a seat at K&K, peshavri, the Bombay canteen, ziya etc.