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The design of the restaurant seems to be enthused by the collision of simplicity and glamour. Chef Tejas Sovani, an irrepressible gastronomic trend-setter brings his sublime Noma stage experience to Indian cuisine and firmly believes that Indian food is all about enjoyment and quality ingredients. He makes sure his diners are delighted by excellent food that Indian cuisine is world-famous for. The new perspective on Indian food makes the meal a gastronome’s delight and each has a story to tell. A classic that defines this new menu is the ‘Dhokla Ya Pakoda’, where it is a blend of two states (Gujarat & Punjab) impressing with totally original dishes and fantastic flavours. For an entrée, you may simply discover the distinct touch when you order the ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’ (served in an interesting tiffin box) comprising a generous portion of the Kerela fish curry, chicken palipalayam and tomato pappu served with appams, sannas and the Kerela parantha. Amaranta represents the epitome of sophisticated Modern Indian-concept dining, and has warmth about it that is almost close to home. While the essence of Amaranta remains, its translation in this new menu is indeed exceptional.
Have done a few Indian tasting menus now and this was as good as any. It represents excellent value and there is scope to change dishes on it according to preferences and dietary requirements. Staff explain in detail the origins of each dish as it's served. Portions are generous considering you get just a taste of each course. The lobster and the pocket rice courses stood out. Fantastic experience, brilliant food.
In short this is Indian cuisine the way the Maharajas had it! Carefully selected herbs and spices added in just the right proportions and timing. Slow cooked lamb after thoughtful marination! The atmosphere and service is superb!
Amaranta is a fantastic Indian restaurant at the Oberoi hotel. The restaurant is stylish with sleek decor. The food is beautifully cooked and flavoursome. I had the lamb shank and it was delicious. They have dishes from across India with lovely fresh ingredients. A highlight is the service which is first class, very attentive, explaining each dish in a very professional manor.
I write this review as I finish the tasting menu at the Best Restaurant in India 2018, because I think Amaranta's was better. The non-vegetarian menu is great, especially coupled with the detailed oral description of each dish with geographical and cultural context. It paints a nice picture of the signature cuisines of various parts of India. The staff is a highlight: always warm, helpful, and alert to your every need. The papadum was the best I ever had in India. Each dish was innovative, came out properly hot and fresh, and left me with a childish smile because it was truly delightful. The dish "Comfort" is exactly a reflection of its name - it takes you out of a fine dining environment to a homey state of mind, of cozy fires and warm hugs. The slow braised lamb melts in your mouth - seriously what more ask for? The ambiance of the restaurant and hotel is lovely, and matches any great hotel in the world. Try :)
We were revisiting the restaurant to celebrate a birthday. The food was absolutely delicious, the service was personalised, friendly, unhurried yet immaculate. Very pleasant evening.
â€˜Amarantaâ€™ at The Oberoi, Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon, is maverick at surprising people with their ambience and the food that reaches to your table. The contradiction between the menu and dÃ©cor is interesting to see as the menu is completely traditional while the dÃ©cor is done in a western way. The simplicity of the interiors oppose the rich and vibrant dishes presented on the menu. The unconventional ambience confronts you right from the entrance with the champagne bottles greeting you at the entrance. The staff is wonderfully cordial and friendly enough to warm you. The menu travels the entire coastal belt of hundreds of kilometres picking the regional dishes that are good enough to include in the menu. Amaranta follows the bay to plate rule with the customers to ensure freshness of their ingredients. The restaurant is popular with the locals a lot so make a booking in advance to avoid wait. Their private dining room is available for parties if you give them enough notice.
Amaranta follows an Indian coastal menu which draws a fair amount of regulars and even new patrons. It serves dishes from nine different states leaning heavily towards Bengal and Kerala. The food is presented in a modern avatar on stunning platters arranged beautifully. Appetizers like roasted pumpkin & ginger soup, chettinad paneer tikkas, crab rasam, banana leaf wrapped foie gras, pepper fried prawns, grilled prawns in banana leaf, mutton chukka cutlet with sour mango and cumin chutney and chettinad spiced crab cake, transform the menu to the next level. Follow the impressive first course with steamed sea bass with coconut & mustard coulis, pork coconut fry, raw mango pal curry, grilled aubergine with tamarind & coconut curry, north Malabar stew, venchina mamsam, mutton dhansak with kebab, pepper fried colocasia and chettinad grilled chicken.
After this exceptional meal you might not be in state to have desserts but save some space for their sweet selection. They out do themselves with brilliant desserts that have an Indian twist to it. Experiment with star anise and milk chocolate mousse, amaranta sorbets, jaggery and banana ice cream, nutmeg and black pepper goan pudding, green cardamom apple jalebi and Kerala vanilla crÃ¨me brulee. The location of the restaurant endorses clients of upper crust or well to do corporates who can afford to dine here. The pricey bill may limit your bank balance but instead it leaves you with a memorable dining experience.