16 July 2014

Dining at The Deltin, Daman

Being so used to writing about food, and enjoying sharing what's on my plate I decided to do a separate blog post on my dining experience at The Deltin, Daman. Read on for a foodie journey across The Deltin's three functional restaurants, and see what all we stuffed our mouths with.

Vegas Cafe: Aptly named and aptly situated at the hotel's casino entrance, Vegas Cafe is a multi-cuisine restaurant. They serve a la carte and buffet meals, and are open 24 hours daily. We had two lunches and breakfast at our stay there.

In lieu of our arrival they had prepared an extensive set lunch menu for us. The food was average and nothing exceptional to write home about. Multi-cuisine restaurants fall into the 'jack of all trades, master of none' trap in my opinion. They try to do too much, and end up not excelling at any specific thing.

I enjoyed the succulent and Masaledar Gosht Seekh. The Chicken Hariyali Kabab had a moist chicken filling and went well with the green chutney. The Kandahari Paneer Tikka needed more seasoning. Garlic, Pepper & Butter Tossed Potatoes made for a decent snack which I would want to eat at a bar with my beer. 

As always I stuff my mouth with appetizers and barely have space for mains. Luckily, the main course was strictly average. Grainy Chardonnay and Tomato Risotto which required more seasoning. The Thai Curry was flavorful but watery. Paneer Khatta Pyaaz was the only main I genuinely liked with crunchy onion pieces interspersed. Desserts were a dense New York Cheesecake and a Gulkand ki Rasmalai.


Lunch Spread
Breakfast next day was a grand affair like most five star buffets do. A range of cheeses, cold cuts, juices, coffees, cereals to start with. Then your mandatory dosa counter and waffle/ pancake counter were there. One can call for eggs of your choice or choose from the vegetarian South Indian fare on offer. Overall extensive breakfast spread with lot of options to pick from.

Special mention to The Oyster flavored Chicken with Saffron Risotto which we had the next day. Soft, tender roast chicken on a bed of risotto flavoured extensively with kesar, this dish was my favorite on the entire trip.

Oyster Flavored Chicken with Saffron Risotto
Whiskys Lounge: The hotels exclusive, premium lounge serves some of the finest domestic liquors. Unfortunately, no international alcohol permitted within Daman. The bar served us some interesting cocktails including one Beer Mojito. It was your regular mint mojito which was topped with some beer. Perfect drink to lounge around by the pool with.


Refreshing Beer Mojito
The most interesting thing they have on their menu are the whiskey infusions. Whiskeys infused with the oddest of ingredients from chocolate and coffee, to red chilli, peppers, cinnamon and raisins! We sniffed and sipped through most of the canisters and clearly this was the highlight at this bar.


Infused Whiskeys
Emperor: This fine dine restaurant done up in an Oriental theme serves Cantonese food and Tangra cuisine. I learnt that Tangra cusine is the spicier Chinese-Indian fusion originating from Kolkota. I got an under-the-sea vibe from the place, with the lighting and aqua tone cutlery.



I was pleasantly surprised to have eaten such juicy, well done Black Pepper Sauce coated Lamb Chops where my knife cut right through. I enjoyed The Honey Chilli stirred Lotus Stems, though others found it had a bit too much batter on it. The Crispy Corn had a chatpata taste and along with the Crispy Crackling Spinach was one of our favorites. The dumplings: prawn, chicken and water chestnut were average. Could have done with lesser coating on the outside. The Steamed Pomfret was a healthy option, but could have done with more soy sauce dressing. For dessert, there was a Lotus bun, mango Tropicana shots, and Mango creme caramel. The latter was my pick of the three.


An Emperor's Spread
Overall, The Deltin offers a variety of cuisine options. The food may not be fine-dine but definitely is comforting. Some things could do with tweaking whereas some stand out completely. (Pepper infused whiskey, anyone?) 

Our two day sojourn was definitely one filled with luxury, pampering, and of course food! The Deltin Life is good indeed. Makes me want to go back....especially when that casino opens.

Website: www.thedeltin.com
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Group Click. All smiles.

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