22 July 2014

Restaurant Review : The Hiatus, Clarion Collection, Qutab

Situated inside the Qutab Clarion Hotel, The Hiatus is a rather recent addition to the hotel. Done up very tastefully, the place has both an indoor and outdoor seating, with the outdoor seating more favoured during brunches, winters and romantic dinners.




Cushioned chairs and tables of fine wood, wooden flooring, lighting that's not too bright, a place that looks so appealing and absolutely spic n span, The Hiatus is a very nice restaurant to head to when you're looking to going out for a lavish evening yet not so expensive. Expensive for sure, but not as much as its counterparts in Delhi. 




We started our meal with the Watermelon Salad. The watermelon was really fresh but the feta cheese was too much in content. A nice start to the meal though.



We then went ahead with ordering for the starters - a Chef Special Mezze Platter, Tonkatsu Meat Sliders, Thai Herbs Chicken Wings and Curry Marinated Lamb Dumplings.

While we were waiting for the starters to be served, we were treated with a bread basket that came with 4 kinds of butter. Something nice to nibble on, the bread was really really soft! The butter varieties - very very unique, different kinds for different palettes.




The Chef Special Mezze Platter consisted of Sundried Tomato and Basil Hummus, Eggplant Salsa which was an improvised version of Baba Ganoush, Tzatziki, Falafel and Mini Kulchas(fresh pita) sprinkled with sumac. The platter was absolutely gorgeous! Each component stood out with such finesse! With the western fusion in them, the dips were to die for! The falafel - superbly crisp from the outside and deliciously soft on the inside!




The Tonkatsu Sliders were pulled pork with mini kulchas. Nice, but not as flavourful. The pork was cooked well, the dish was presented well, but the flavours lacked in it.



The Curry Marinated Lamb Dumpling as a dish came in 3 components - 3 lamb dumplings on a plate, 5 different kinds of sauces to go with the dumplings, and a small kettle that consisted of the broth. The dumplings were nice but nothing extraordinary. The 5 sauces were marvelous, each different from the other. The broth was also really really nice! So flavourful, your heart would melt with joy. The presentation for this one - a full 5 on 5.




Thai Herbs Chicken Wings - Just like the name suggests, the dish was immaculately infused with thai flavours. Beautifully done! The wings were for those people who like to get their hands dirty and like their wings really saucy! Very very nice work with this one as far as the sauce is concerned. The dish as a whole - not that appealing but. The sauce wasn't sticking to the wings. Being more like a thick gravy, the sauce kept falling off the wings.



Along with the food we tried a few of their drinks as well.

Melon Mojito - A watermelon based drink infused with fresh mint leaves and lemon. The drink was really refreshing, really yummy!
Berry Twist mocktail - Nice and fizzy with the sweet berry flavour. A good accompaniment for your food.
Mango Martini - A fresh mango based drink. Who doesn't like mangoes! A really delicious drink again.
The Cosmopolitan - Very sweet this classic cocktail was. Going wrong with a classic wasn't expected here.







For the mains we went with a Red Thai Curry with Prawns, served with Steam Rice, and Crispy Chicken in Hot Basil Sauce served with Hakka Noodles.

The Red Thai Curry was nice, but not the best I've had. Having said that, it is certainly not anything short of 'nice', just not the best. Consisted of carrots, broccoli, prawns and was really fragrant!




The Chicken in Hot Basil Sauce - simply lip-smacking! Perfectly cooked chicken, perfectly balanced flavours, very very delicious! I wish I would have ordered the Chilly Garlic Noodles and not the Hakka Noodles with this. Nevertheless, the noodles and the chicken were a perfect end to my main course!



For the desserts we went with Blueberry Cheesecake and Classic Tiramisu.

The Cheesecake was a baked one, and was served warm. Baked fresh and topped with cotton candy that was also freshly prepared, this was a nice dessert. The cotton candy wasn't as smooth, but the effort of making this in-house is really appreciated! The cheesecake was nice and all, but there was hardly any content or flavour of blueberry in it.



The Tiramisu - Excellent presentation but the taste wasn't as good. Not enough coffee and too creamy for my liking.





The restaurant has a lot of potential. The concept of western infusion in their food is a mind-blowing concept, executed really well in a few dishes and not so well in the other. It's a nice place for a romantic evening, kitty parties, lavish dinners and family outings alike. The place caters to all occasions and all age groups. 

The pricing is effective when you consider where you're dining. Some of their dishes are really reasonably priced as well. Service - very efficient, very polite. The servers know the menu pretty well.

The food was nice, but it wasn't superlative. Nothing that would make me crave to pay a visit, but it was nice comfort food.

Have a heard a lot about their highly affordable and very elaborate Sunday Brunch, so will definitely visit them very soon exclusively for this!

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