The good stuff
Indigo’s revamped brunch menu still has old favourites such as eggs Benedict, waffles and create your own omelette. Fans of the old antipasti offerings—hummus, asparagus with garlic and chilli, and rustic chicken salad—will notice that not much has been altered here either.
The revamped entrées seemed to cover every possible craving from meat and seafood to pasta and waffles. After much debate, we narrowed it down to eggs Benedict, potato frittata with pancetta and spinach, the risotto of seared mushrooms and sweet garlic, and spiced chorizo and goat cheese on foccacia.
The eggs Benedict with smoked salmon was the perfect ratio of crumbly (the English muffin) to tender (salmon) to runny (eggs), and possibly the best dish of the four.
The service was sluggish despite the half-a-dozen empty tables. We had to remind the waiter several times to bring us a bread basket and refill our water glasses. The antipasti left us unmoved. Only the garlic marinated asparagus and apple spiced spare ribs had us going back for seconds.
Moroccan chicken: A Sunday treat.
The frittata looked like a puff pastry pie and tasted equally insipid; the risotto was starchy and undercooked; the sliced chorizo on foccacia so overloaded that each bite deposited at least half of its contents back on the plate.
The desserts did somewhat redeem the meal but by that time little could pacify a disgruntled diner, except maybe the prospect of getting money back.
The price per head has been increased by Rs600, which, given the economics of rising food costs, isn’t so alarming. The Rs1,800 cover is all-inclusive, with alcohol.
Vista, Taj Lands End
The good stuff
First of all, there was a bunch of new things to try out. And, almost everybody hit the grilled lobster and scallops with some gusto. Not being a lobster person I, instead, tucked into a portion of roast chicken with mushroom jus and a liberal helping of the cold cuts. The chicken could have been a little warmer, but the cold cuts were fresh. Vista usually presents desserts in delightful little bite-sized portions and this time, they had done it to their salads and antipasti as well. The chicken quenelle was light and flavourful and the beef medallion topped with dill and artichoke mousse had a great mix of textures. The latter was a little too chewy, though.
Desserts did not disappoint—they never do at Vista, and it was a perfect way to close the meal. Like the antipasti, the portions were tiny enough to try out several sweet things without guilt attacks. The star of the afternoon was a bitter chocolate mousse that was faultless. Even the most fickle dessert enthusiast will find something in the spread that will please.
A perennial issue with the Vista brunch is its inability to surprise you. So, while the Elaichi Murg Tikka is as good as any you will get in any one of those frontier restaurants, perhaps it wouldn’t hurt to innovate a little.
Rs1,575, inclusive of all taxes, per person, without alcohol. Booking ahead on Saturday is highly advisable. The brunch can be booked solid by Sunday morning.