'Jashn-E-Hyderabad' – Hyderabad Food Festival, Feast, Le Meridian, Pune — Reviewed!

Le Meridian is hosting a week long 'Jashn-e-Hyderabad', a food festival, at one of their restaurants, Feast. The festival is offering some scrumptious dishes like Pathar ka Gosht, Murgh Angaar, Kache Gosht ki Biryani, Gulab Jamun ke salan and Hyderabadi Murgh Qorma from the Deccan especially by the Chef Yadaiah Bandaru of The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace.

Ambience:: As soon as you enter Feast, you can see big bright chandelier adorning the ceiling along with brown and peach shades of tastefully done interiors. Classy, cosy chairs to give one comfortable dining experience. Few servers can be seen in the traditional nizami attire.

Food:: Coming on to the food, the buffet spread was quite appealing. The only difference was during the festival Indian cuisine from various regions was replaced by authentic Hyderabad food in charming copper utensils. The spices were kept moderate to suit each one's palate. The best part is the menu is rotational, so you'll get to try much more different dishes every-time you visit. We were welcomed with Kokam Sharbat which was nice and refreshing but on bit sweeter side for me.

Chef presented us with the Bhutte ka shorba or soup. It was nice, but my preference was to have it more towards warmer side.

Our starters were also served on the table. We started with Chatpati Bhindi and Kabuli Chana ki Tikki. Bhindi filling was tangy and delicious. Tikki was exceptionally well prepared and cooked with balanced flavours, the crisp, the crunch and yet mushy from inside.

Vegetarian main course had Tarkari Meloni, Bhagara Baingan, Mirch ka Salan, Paneer Tamatar ka Kut, Hyderabadi Subz Dum Biryani, and Sheermal. Each and every dish was done beautifully. They were rich, aromatic with use of whole spices.

I had heard a lot about Mirch ka Salan and eager to try it. Green chillies are immersed into the popular, delectable, spicy chilli and peanut curry. It was awesome. It went well with the Dum biryani. Hyderabadi Subz Dum Biryani was authentically made and not to forget the aroma. Oh so WOW! One of the best dish on the menu. Kevda water, saffron was adding to the richness. Highly Recommended.

What caught my attention was Paneer Tamatar ka Kut, another classic Deccani dish. Rich tomato sauce curry with paneer cubes was making this dish excellent. Best tasted with saffron flavoured flatbread Sheermal. They had two varieties of Sheermal - savoury and sweet of which sweet was lip-smacking.

Bhagara Baingan, fully flavoured and eye appealing dish in the menu. The gravy was absolutely lip-smacking with generous amount of spices especially peanuts. Recommended!

Moving on to desserts, Sheer Khurma, Khubani ka Meetha and Lauki ka Halwa was on the display. Sheer Khurma, a festival vermicelli puddling with loads of dry fruits, was one of my favourite. It had a subtle balanced of sweetness. Surely going to try this one for sure again.

Khubani ka Meetha and Lauki ka Halwa lost its sheer in front of Khurma, though they were also at par with other desserts.

I am in love with the cuisines from the land of Nizams. So royalty in food and taste. So you should not miss this opportunity to be at the Feast to satiate Deccani cuisine cravings with Jashn-e-Hyderabad.
What: Jashn-e-Hyderabad; Buffet Dinner
Where: Feast, Le Meridian, Pune
When: 9th July 2016 - 16th July 2016 ; 7Pm onwards
Cost: Rs. 1616 (All Inclusive)