Ssaffron, the award-winning Indian restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru, has a specially-curated vegetarian Navratri Thaali that will be available from 17-24 October 2020.
My first experience dining out in almost seven months was at Ssaffron at Shangri-La Bengaluru. Coincidentally, I had dined here last for a Kashmiri Food Festival before the lockdown.
The restaurant has taken care of safety protocols, so you have a sanitized table, a QR code to scan for the menu and even wet wipes on the table. I was however here to experience The Navratri Thali and the Vrat-friendly delicacies on offer with my family.
The restaurant located on the 18th floor, is covered with large glass windows on all sides that offer sweeping aerial views of Bengaluru and the décor itself is done up in muted tones of beige with hints of grey and brown that makes for a pleasing palette.
We started our meal with an immunity booster – apt for the times we live in – a shot of carrot and ginger with hints of mint – strong and yet packed a punch. The papads – urad dal and aloo and sabudana teamed well with an array of chutneys – tamarind, mint, garlic, pineapple and pickled onions. And yes, you cannot stop at one.
We also sampled some coolers – the lemon mint cooler as well as the orange and cranberry cooler – I preferred the later as the lemon mint drink was more fizzy.
The thaali served in a large plate includes traditional fasting food called Vrat ka khana. For starters there is the Sabudana Vada, deep fried and delicately flavoured and has the perfect crunch. You can also opt for the Flaxseed and Sago Bhel. The Saunfiyani Paneer Tikka is succulent and is plain topped with a hint of fennel that makes a light crust. One dish that I really liked was the Kuttu dahi bhalla, made using buckwheat flour dunked in yoghurt and garnished with pomegranate it had perfectly balanced flavours.
For the main course we had perfectly made Kuttu ki Poori again with buckwheat that teams well with the Khatta Meetha Kaddu, a red pumpkin dish and Aloo Anardana, perfectly soft potato with a hint of pomegranate. There was also Samak Pulao, made with barnyard millet and Dal chironji made with charoli seed (Calumpang nuts) and paneer khoya makhani, a cottage cheese gravy.
Desserts included fresh cut fruits, a personal favourite and a very delectable Badam ki phirni, a rich almond based dessert that is flavourful and wholesome. The meal will leave you feeling full but is a great ode to the spirit of Navratri and this is a thaali I recommend you try.
The all-inclusive Navratri Thali is available both for lunch and dinner at Ssaffron at INR 1,200 per person. And if you want to enjoy the Navratri Thali from the comfort of your home, the special fare is also available for home delivery.
Timings: lunch is available from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and dinner is available from 7 to 11:30 p.m.
For more information, call (91 80) 4512 6100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a quick video of what the thaali looks like.
Disclaimer: I went to review the thaali on invitation, but all opinions expressed are my own.