Ambica Gulati
It’s a foodie’s paradise, tables laden with dishes, Indian, Continental, Mediterranean, Lebanese, and a live kitchen hidden behind a pillar. Adding to this is the soft, elegant décor and a warm ambience. And you can just sink into a sofa in a quiet corner and eat your heart out, literally. There is also open air seating in case you wish to feel the breeze on your face as you dig into the feast. But the buffet that was not our goal.
It was the new menu at Blooms which beckoned us. A pictorial display like a coffee table, the pictures let you know you are in for a treat. And besides, the veg and non-veg dots, a heart symbol tells you which dish is for the diet conscious. And some foods have nuts as well, as the brown sign says.
Every year, the menu gets an overhaul, reveals Executive Chef Suprabhatha Roy. It’s an annual event where dishes and looks are spruced to suit new tastes, new competition and some new flavours. “A lot depends on the customer feedback and new market launches,” explains the smiling Chef. Dishes are added and subtracted or multiplied and divided to suit the palette of the visitors.
The Indian dishes find their way at the end of the menu as the a la carte is focussed on the wider global variety. There is even a section ‘soul food’ which includes a variety of comfort food and favourites such as Mac & Cheese, Mezze Selection, Thai Curry with Rice and Fish n Chips among other And for the more calorie conscious, there is a range of grilled specialities, pastas and risottos, sandwiches.
Normally the portions are enough to make one platter work for two people, but as we were on tasting session, my friend Ranjan Bakshi and I had decided to stick to small helpings. As Ranjan is a complete vegetarian, it was me who had the privilege of tasting all the meats and the fishes. Since mutton is not one of my favourites, the Chef decided to let those dishes rest in the kitchen.
So it was difficult to decide what to eat and we let the good Chef lead the way. The meal or rather haute cuisine began with starters—Prawn Beignets, Calzone and Croquettes. My vote goes for the Calzone though Ranjan preferred the Croquettes.
And Tarvindra came offering some wine. While I opted for Sangre De Torro with its rich velvety flavours from Spain, Ranjan went in for the Australian Chardonnay.
Though the wine rested on our sides, the way the Essence of Wild Mushroom soup was served was an art and that’s what tempted us to leave the wines for that short while. Mushroom and garlic croutons in a square bowl and Tarvindra poured the soup. Tasty, velvety and yum.
Then we had a bite of Pumpkin and Almond Cannelloni. I have never had pumpkin cooked so well.
For the main course, I’m sure the Chef read my mind as he gave me a Charmoula Seabass. I cut through the soft fish easily and relished it with the tomato chutney while Ranjan sliced through the Vegetable Pastilla. We ended the dinner with the completely sinful Chocolate Degustation. This is another not-to-miss treat and please say goodbye to dieting for that moment. For the Chef will pour hot chocolate on what looks like chocolate cake and it will sink in like a sponge absorbing liquid. But it has nuts and chocolate inside, white and dark… It’s certainly a must try.
My verdict: Wonderful presentation, easy to eat, nourishing and fit for a king, sorry, queen as well.
Above all, you can down it all with an alcoholic tea or coffee, though we gave that a skip. And if you are unsure about what to drink with which dish, a drink is recommended or you could even choose your own.
So, if you are looking for a lot of fun time eating, chatting and relaxing, then head for Blooms.
Timings: A la Carte Menu — 24 hours
Buffet: Lunch–12 pm to 3 pm; Dinner–7 pm to 11 pm
Price: A la Carte for two
Without alcohol: Rs 3,500 ++
With Alcohol: Rs 5,000 ++
Buffet with alcohol: Rs 6,000 ++ (Pricing for 2)
Buffet without alcohol: Rs 4,000 ++ (Pricing for 2)
Address:  Blooms, Lobby Level, Eros Hotel, Nehru Place, New Delhi – 110019
For table reservation, call 91-11-4133 1650
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