This is one of my favorite places for food, and I keep on returning here for trying out some great items. On a winter evening, seven friends had come together to enjoy yet another meal here.
The reason of this impromptu get together was Jackfruit Biryani. We have been discussing about this vegetarian flavor which comes closest to the vegetarian attempt to mimic the non-vegetarian Hyderabadi biryani. I have had this dish at Once Upon a Time before, and at the behest of close foodie friends, we decided to try it out once more.
We started with a Chicken Clear Soup, which had chicken, mushroom and greens prepared in a tasteful concoction. This was followed by the starters Paneer Haryali, Mushroom Takatin and Murgh Ka Soola. The Paneer Haryali was a delight to the eye, though I must say the taste did not live up to the looks. But what I loved most among the starters was the Murgh Soola, a spicy barbecued delicacy popular in the deserts of Rajasthan. The preparation was really spicy and went well with the traditional pudina chutney. A fiery starter, it should appeal to the local taste.
The Jackfruit biryani looked inviting and on a cursory look you will mistake it for a mutton biryani. The jackfruit pieces were well cooked and the biryani was not too spicy. I would recommend this dish to vegetarians (just to get an idea of how meat tastes in biryani) and non-vegetarians alike.
To go with the jackfruit biryani we had Peshawri Mutton, Methi Murgh and a Paneer Dish. The Peshawri Mutton was my favorite the mutton pieces were succulent and the gravy was also delicious. As usual, assorted bread basket in this restaurant always tastes great.
Finally the desserts we started with Lichi Rasmalai. It was rasmalai with actual lichi fruit in it. An innovation from Chef Rabin (who possibly is the best Indian dessert chef in Hyderabad), it was just unputdownable.
And then the Choco pop- combination of a chhana based Bengali sweet mounted on a base of chocolate and garnished on top with grated coconut and nuts. This combination was just heavenly.
Fruit Rabdi was the other dessert served.I sometimes wonder why Green Park does not have an exclusive sweet outlet within its campus, given the extraordinary culinary skills of Chef Rabin.
Overall, it was a very satisfying experience, where we could try out many innovations. The service and hospitality were as usual perfect.