The ‘Fire & Spice’ food fest that is currently going on at the Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum is a perfect occasion to check out a variety of special fiery kebabs and spicy curries. The timing of this food promotion at their Garden Grille restaurant is just right during this season of wet and cold weather in our capital city.
Our tasting session began with Shankar Saranjibi, the Executive Chef explaining the menu, “The two-week long ‘Fire & Spice’ fest features a Kebab buffet with a selection of three veg & three non-veg kebabs in a tandoor + grill + fry combination accompanied with some unique chutneys and homemade pickles; a Curry buffet with four veg & four non-veg curries from different Indian cuisines; a Roti buffet consisting of various Indian breads and a Dessert buffet with a wide variety of bakery and Indian sweets. Being Ramzan season, the buffet opens early at 6.30 pm for those breaking the fast.”
After the briefing, we started off with the mandatory welcome drink and I opted for a pudina nimbu masala concoction which was very light and refreshing.
For starters, from the Kebab buffet non-veg section, we had a piece each of Sarson tawa machi, Mutton shami kebab and Bhatti ka murgh. The Sarson tawa machi was simply superb. The fish was perfectly marinated with a strong flavour of ajwain.
Tandoori phool aur aaloo, Paneer the petch and Stuffed beetroot kebab made up the veg kebab platter. The stuffed beetroot kebab was the biggest surprise and it was just yummy. The kebabs were accompanied with some unique pickles like tangy pineapple, sweet lauki (bottle gourd), dry fruit chutney, etc. We enjoyed this part.
From the spicy curry section, we had a spoonful each of Roghan-e-nishat, Meen mango curry, Murgh khatta pyaz and Beef erachi curry for non-veg and Paneer tikka joshna and Sabz nizam handi for veg, with some super fluffy phulkas. The Roghan-e-nishat (mutton) was soft, spicy and rich in colour. The veg curries were very awesome and wholesome.
We wound up the session with a small bite of milk peda, kheer khadam and shahi tukda. The sweets were delicious and took me back to my days in North India. The dessert section at HGI is pretty exhaustive.
The ‘Fire & Spice’ dinner only buffet is priced at Rs.1,299+ Taxes for adults and Rs.799 + Taxes for kids and concludes on June 10, 2018.
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