Last month, Double Tree Suites by Hilton hosted a food Flavors of North India in their restaurant Asia Alive, and a fellow blogger and I were invited for a tasting. I have visited Asia Alive a couple of times before this, at that time they served Chinese and Thai primarily. Now the restaurant serves Indian as well as Pan Asian food. Having reached slightly early for lunch, I had the opportunity to look around the property. The rooftop temperature controlled swimming pool and gym looked very inviting, they have an in-house spa as well. The hotel has rooms of various categories, the suites come equipped with kitchens and a study area. And some rooms overlook the dense greenery of the defense land nearby, a rare sight in Bangalore indeed.
Coming back down to the restaurant, we were joined by Nitin. This festival covered various cuisines of the North, including Rajasthan, Kashmir, Punjab etc. We were started off with a selection of vegetarian and non vegetarian kababs. The Murg Angara Tikka was very well made, juicy chunks of chicken perfectly seasoned with whole spices, definitely a favorite. The Sunheri Seekh Kabab was a well plated and designed, but didn’t really carry forward the visuals to it’s taste quite as well. The Mushroom Galaouti on the other hand was soft, beautiful texture and delightful to bite into. Technicality aside, it just tasted great! We then got a platter of assorted paranthas. Now this was extremely filling for Nitin and me, but I must recommend that you try this! Soft and freshly made paranthas with potato, cheesy paneer and other variety of fillings were great, and I really enjoyed these.
I am not a main course person – I usually fill up with starters, and manage to save a little space for desserts 🙂 but the main course here had the Laal Maas, Gatte Ka Sabji and the works. This was just before my Rajasthan trip, and I was totally excited to try them. Rich and spicy, with well cooked mutton that was very soft – it was good with steamed rice, though I was told later that jowar ki roti or some form of bread would have been more appropriate with it. The desserts were nice, quite a lot of options in Indian and Western sweet dishes; the jalebis kept me going!
This promotion spread was priced at 1099 plus taxes during the promotion. At other times, the buffet here is priced at 999++. I would recommend Asia Alive for office lunches and gatherings. There’s also a bar called Equinox in the premises here which I am keen to try next, review coming up shortly!