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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.
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.