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This restaurant is specifically targeted towards business travellers. The upbeat and trendy look of the dining area hits you hard in a positive way. Smooth clean geometric shapes, lots of lines, pastel shade and comfortable unfussy furniture enhances the cheerful quotient. There is an elaborate buffet laid out for all three services with an extensive salad and dessert counter. A wide variety of cheese and bread and soup, as well as live kitchen for kinds of pasta and pizzas, is a regular affair. The a la carte menu is power packed with global dishes. They have interesting food festivals from time to time and is better to keep a watch over social media for the same.
We stayed at the holiday Inn hotel in Kolkata during our trip to the city. The hotel's kitchen has some authentic Bengali dishes to serve in the breakfast. I loved 'luchi' and 'ghugni' served here. Being a Bengali and being settled in Mumbai I always seek for authentic Bengali foods. This stay and breakfast meal made my day.
The Social Kitchen is the primary restaurant of the newly opened Holiday Inn near the Airport. It shares its space with the Urban Kitchen, which turns out to be the lounge version of the Social Kitchen. The structure of the hotel has been done up well with well-appointed, cozy rooms. The roof the restaurant has a couple of beautiful art decorations installed. They give a nice look and feel to the ambiance. Some sort of music could have bettered the ambiance a bit. The restaurant serves both À-la-carte as well as buffet. The buffet spread is huge. The normal inclination of the spread is towards the main course, with equal importance to both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The À-la-carte menu is quite compact and includes Asian, Continental and Indian dishes along with select cocktails and liquors. I went for the buffet as their were more choices to put your hands on. The buffet has varied accompaniments like several salads, Watermelon with Feta cheese, Nachos with Salsa Dip, Plain Curd, Raita and several other spices to tag along and the like. There were about 6 veggies in the vegetarian section and 4 in the non-vegetarian section. The buffet spread included: Dal Makhani - Very consistent throughout, one of the better dishes available here. Veg Jhalfrezi - Good choice in the vegetarian section. Wok Fried Noodles - Very oily and tasted bland. Paneer Aap Ki Pasand - The gravy of the paneer was thick and spicy. It can be chosen as the main dish along with your choice of breads. Prawn Malai Curry - The prawns were very soft and tender. It went well with the watery, yet smooth curry. Chicken/Veg Biriyani (s) - The biriyanis were not at all good. There was no chicken left in the rice and whatever rice was left, was dry and sticky. No worth of money at all. Steamed Rice - No one can go wrong with this one. Kung Pao Chicken - This Chinese dish was somewhat okayish. Fish in Pepper Sauce - The fish was oily and the gravy was not that great. The main course had Pizza and Pasta in the live counters. The food tasted average. The worst part was the service. "Extremely" slow service. In the entire restaurant which was 80% occupied, there were only 3 waiters attending the tables. The restaurant manager stepped in to take our orders. The pizza and pasta was so late that it arrived 'after' we had our meals. Terrible service. Even the cocktails arrived very late. My Long Island Ice Tea was stuffed with ice. The buffet is huge but the food taste and quality turns out to be average. You can lot better buffets at the price that you are paying. It was priced @ Rs. 1099++. You can rather choose the À-la-carte instead and save yourself from the pricey, not-worth-the-money buffet.
We went for a combination of buffet and a la carte. The menu for a la carte is limited. The buffet spread was pretty cold. The starters are decent. But the breads and the Indian preparations were pretty ordinary and routinely regular stuff. The desserts were OK. The buffet is not very pricey, but, it certainly can improve.
They have buffet service as well as ala-carte. The place is not very spacious, but the range of items in the buffet is large. Food is delicious and they can come up something as per your specific requirement.
I visit Kolkata for work and stay in Holiday inn and have breakfast everyday at the Social kitchen. The spread and Indian variety is excellent along with live stations for eggs , Dosas etc. Good quality food and service is very good, even though it’s a buffet the staff are eager to serve you at the table . Since I am busy all day and return late , I have never had the chance to try lunch or dinner but I am sure it must be good.