This all-day dining place (not 24 hours, however) is strewn with aubergine upholstery, perhaps as homage to its name. The mainstay is attractively priced buffets over three meals a day. Several à la carte items find their way regularly into the banquets, too. Take for example the heartwarming Tuscan tomato and basil soup, pear salad with parmesan shavings, or amber aloo of baby potatoes in a red tandoori masala, served with a cheddar-onion chutney. If you are not too stocked up on the first course, the mains make you gravitate magically towards creamy mushroom risotto, or tangy-cheesy chicken parmigiana on a bed of al-dente spaghetti; Pan-Asian offerings involve a wonderful, mild Thai green curry that pairs well with fried rice. Of the Indian lot, the palak paneer, handi gosht and Goan fish curry are excellent accompaniments to a potato kulcha or aroma-laden vegetable biryani. Finish off with cardamom panna cotta or the reliable option of a velvety North Indian phirni.
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