- Ambience- 8/10
- Food- 8/10
- Value for money- 7/10
- Service- 8/10
- Location- 9/10
- Hygiene: 8/10
- Overall- 8/10
Bangalore : Going out for lunch buffets is a sort of office custom in Bangalore. All celebrations, official lunches, birthdays and mid-week hunger pangs end up in an elaborate 5 course meal in one of the many options in buffet meals available in Bangalore. One such birthday celebration and consequent hunt for a good buffet lead us to Zaica Dine and Wine. Located conveniently on 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar- is this bright and lively place – it’s spacious and roomy with large windows and plenty of sunlight – they also have a valet parking option.
We were cheerily taken to our table and seated, something new restaurants are very mindful of! We reached at about 01:30pm and when I looked back at the buffet queue I did a double-take. There were at least 25 people there all stumbling over each other for another serving. We managed to elbow our way to the buffet and it was quite a spread – your typical North Indian fare with Lasooni Chicken Kabab, AlooTikiwaliTiki etc. What I instantly noticed was that they had not arranged the buffet table very conveniently – with Veg starters and Non-Veg starters on one end alone with the Veg main course and Non-Veg main course on the other end along with the desserts sections which created a kind of traffic near the Non-Veg section and we had to wait till people ending their meals with the desserts were done. Anyway, after we finally got back to our table I forgot about all of that because I was truly surprised by the food – North Indian Classics! I stuck to the non-vegetarian side of things (ofcourse!) Some of the starters were Murgh ka Shola, Lasooni Chicken Kabab, AlooTikiwaliTiki, ReshmiPaneerTikka – the Lasooni Chicken Kabab was really good, not the usual rubbery variety of chicken starters that you get, nice pieces that were full of flavor and really soft, the ReshmiPaneerTikka on the other hand was very bad – Huge chunks of hard, flavorlesspaneer– there was nothing “Reshmi” about it! The main course was really good, there were dishes like Pudina Chicken, GoshtSimlaMirch, Aloo Gobi Adraki, KhumbMakaiPaneer and SubzNavratan Korma – The non-vegetarian dishes were really good, full of flavor and very distinct from each other – the chicken and the mutton were both cooked to perfection which is always a good sign. The vegetarian dishes were average – with the exception of the Aloo Gobi Adraki which was excellent – perfectly spiced, not over done! One thing I noticed was that there were about 3 paneer dishes out of 5 vegetarian dishes, I have noticed that a lot of North Indian restaurants seem to take this path, but I think there are some really delectable North Indian vegetarian dishes out there which should be explored! Also, the paneer was of a very bad quality because it turned out to be very chewy and tasteless in all the dishes. I just sampled the vegetarian and mainly gorged on the GoshtSimlaMirchand Lasooni Chicken whichwere perfect! There was steamed rice, pulav and the breads were brought to the table as ordered.
After this heavy meal I drifted towards the desserts section in a dizzy trance from all the heavy food! There were an assortment of freshly cut fruits, Rasgullas, Ice Cream and Moong Dal ka Halwa. I helped myself to 1 rasgulla with a little ice cream and a huge helping of Moong Dal ka Halwa. I quickly finished the rasgulla with ice-cream so I could start with the halwa – it was worth the wait. The taste of that warm, gooey halwa with the smell of ghee just melted in my mouth. I did not talk till it was over – hell! – I don’t think I even looked up! I just closed my eyes for each bite and enjoyed the soft texture whilst reminiscing about the good old days in Punjab!
P.S for all the amateur foodies there is a menu too!
1> Zaica Wine & Dine , Above Staples, 100ft Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore
2> Zaica Wine & Dine, 125, 1st Floor, Above Nilgiris, Mahadevanpura Post, Brookefields, Bangalore
3> Zaica Wine & Dine, 141, Thanisandra Main Road, Nagawara Junction, Bangalore
Review by : Meenakshi Bhattacharya, Bangalore