The increase in the number of working class from the Northern part of the country , working in various companies saw the need of improvement when it comes to North Indian food. Siesta Hitech majorly has their clients who are on official trips and getting this festival ahead was a great move.
The festival is a buffet setup in the Qube cafe and has a wide range when it comes to the kebabs , curries and the parathas. The kebabs would be on a rotational menu along with the curries.
Lets get in on what was on offer. #hyderabadfoodexplorer
Although the name says Qube cafe its got interiors like a mid end restaurant. Every cover was beautifully set , well arranged cutlery with a candle and a asiatic lily on every table.
The buffet was also highlighted a little by adding a roof and some lanterns to the buffet area. Its approximately a 60 seater restaurant.
Food and Beverage :
We were welcomed with a welcome drink, it was a sweet soda.
The first course of the buffets includes soups and salads. They had two soups, a vegetarian and a non vegetarian. What was surprising though was the salad section. It was pretty wide , from simple salads to classics the counter was full. I did try the chicken tikka salad and thoroughly enjoyed it. A few were Egg and mustard mayo salad, rainbow salad, achari chicken tikka salad, greek salad, penne pasta cocktail salad and the list goes on.
The appetizers were really impressive, there are 4 vegetarian and 4 non vegetarian appetizers on the buffet. Siesta ki kukkad was a whole chicken cooked in a tandoor and cut in 4 pieces. Its extremely difficult to cook a full bird in a way that every part is cooked and also retains its juices, they’ve mastered it here. The marination was basic but what impressed was the tender , juicy meat. The sikandari raan on a buffet? ever seen? , my first time. They had a full raan on the buffet. Even this was well cooked, lacked a little flavour for my liking. I also picked up some Nizami murgh kebab which was amazing. Even on the buffet it was tender and juicy. The flavours were bang on, also loved the ajwain mahi coastal tikka, a hint of carrom seed and cooked to perfection. The salad on the side paired beautifully.
For the vegetarian we had Khile phool bemisaal which was cauliflower and broccolli which were marinated in a white base of yogurt and cashew paste. Even this was really good. Pesto dilkhush paneer tikka looked good , heart shaped cottage cheese with a pesto marinade. Didn’t give it a try.
For the mains we just went with two gravies and like 4 different types of parathas. The Murgh qutub shahi was a white gravy , a rich gravy with generous amounts of cashwe nut, almonds and sunflower and melon seed paste. I personally love such curries. gosht Hyderabadi was also a pretty good one, not heavily spiced this was another personal favourite.
We had laccha paratha, malabar paratha , aloo aur hare pyaaz ka paratha. The only feedback here would be the thickness of the paratha to the stuffing ratio. The parathas were fully cooked but way too thick, also can increase the stuffing a little.
The dessert section wasn’t related to the fest but included some excellent ones. The hyderabadi mango phirni was really good, just that not sure on the hyderabadi addition to the name. The double ka meetha was good, they also have a live icecream counter. The doodh gulla can be looked into, the dumplings were too sweet.
Service , Pricing and Location:
The service was smooth , everything taken care of. Always on their toes to get things done. No complains here.
The buffet is priced at 749++ and goes on till 14th July.
Address: Hotel Siesta, 55/E, Gachibowli Miypur Road, Kondapur, Hyderabad.
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