Sunday, 23 March 2014

The Verandah,Vivanta by Taj Chennai



The ambiance of the place is quite good with spaced out tables and the lush green courtyard..You can sit indoors or outdoors around the pool.We got a pool-view table.We were offered a lunch for 2 as a prize for the '100 by Taj' contest organized by Taj.A lunch buffet for 2.
It wasn't a great spread but it was free for us so we did not mind much.

The soups were supposed to be served at the table but they weren't there even after ten min we had to remind them.We had to ask them for breads and the live counter.They just came to clear the plates.The service was a let down.
Soups were better part of the spread.There was an option each for  veg and a non veg .The chicken soup had spinach and tiny tender chicken pieces in a clear chicken broth.Chicken was tender and went well with the spinach.The veg soup on the other hand was a peas soup it was just average, nothing spectacular.
The salads were nice albeit  a small section.Veggies were fresh and they had made some simple salads and sandwiches only. They tasted fine so no complaints on that front.
There was only one starter in the non veg section.The chicken did not seem fresh and  lacked complete  flavor and  taste.

Tandoori chicken
Lamb curry

Coming to the main course-there was one fish curry,lamb curry and beef.Fish was tender but lacked the flavors.The minced lamb in curry was good but could have been better.
Fish Curry
Biryani looked tempting but was a let down.There was no taste at all.It was such a disappointment.The live counter had Indian breads,pastas and pizzas.Disappointed with all the food they offered,we gave a miss to the pasta and pizza.
Veg section had 2 curries and dal .The malai methi matar was nice.The dal tadka was good but we have had better for lesser price.

 Cannelloni-This was the only dish which we liked and had some flavor.The spinach and cheese filling was rich with flavors.
Cannelloni
 There were few south Indian curries and curd rice.

The dessert counter continued the theme of purely-average. It was conservative choice of standard brownies and mousses. There was malpua, payasam and a Bengali sweet; to appeal to those seeking Indian sweets.

 

The place is just ok,the food is a bit disappointing for the price you pay. The food is not bad but is average what you expect from a 5 star restaurant.

A meal for 2 would cost you around 2500INR.
Food-2
Service-2
Ambiance-3.5
Address-Vivanta by Taj Connemara, 2, Binny Road, Egmore, Chennai.