How do you recognize a fine dining restaurant from a simply posh one? Is it the number of forks (more than you can count or use)? Is it the immaculate white linens and tablecloths?
A fine dining restaurant clearly sets itself apart from other restaurants on three main grounds: food, customer service and ambience.
But Wait ! Instead of explaining, how to recognize one. I actually can give you an example of a Fine Dining restaurant. Thy name is HAMSA.
Everything about HAMSA spells opulence. You need to step inside HAMSA to know why. Speaking elegance and class in its décor .
With sepia-tinted lighting ,you will be transported you to a different world altogether. Beautiful glassware, smooth silk cushions , crisp table linen and ecstatically done washrooms. I should stop describing . (You visit and tell me the rest ;))
As far a food goes, this is pretty clear: the menu should give diners what they cannot find anywhere else, both in terms of ingredients, creativity and taste.
HAMSA hits a 6 in its first ball ( Sehwag hits only a 4 ok :p) by serving PANCHAMIRDHAM as a welcome drink, Whhhhatt….Yes ! The very famous Kovil Prasadam is tweaked to perfection as a drink , I had 2, no wait 3 glasses of this (Small glasses;).
For the Starters , CHEESSE KURKURI (Spring roll)and PANEER SAUNFIYA (Stuffed panner)was fighting for the deluxe spot , but somehow the MAKKAI MUTHIA CHAAT ( Fried Sweet Corn) gave that mast kick to my tongue in that elite room .
BHAGIRATHI MEHER PANEER (Malai Paneer)this milk based dish is a perfect choice to satisfy something creamy and with Mavi ki parathas(Gobi) it was an Indian merger to the sweet and spice.That URULAI ROAST made me to want a cup of Thachu mamu ( Curd rice) along, then I realized im fine dining :P.
But somehow the IDIYAPPAM BIRIYANI didn’t go well for my pallete and the ANAR AUR CHAWAL(Raw Pomogrante infused rice) is an unique attempt ,but tasted slipshod for me.
And then came the ANJEER HALWA which was decadent and an absolute fit for the royal ending, but AMRUD PHIRINI tasted gushy ( I was love struck with that Welcome drink:P)
It was beyond taking orders and serving the food. It is nothing less then top notch; faultless, precise and exquisite. At least one smartly dressed server was dedicated to a table. They escort patrons to the table, holding the chair for women. They possess amazing knowledge of the menu, were willing to answer any all questions and ready to make recommendations .Service was attentive but never invasive.
I can’t speak for “us”.
It is really a combination of the right atmosphere, food that I like,and service that I like. Lots of I’s in that sentence, which just means that “fine” experience is a pretty personal thing. Nevertheless to practically correlate “Fine dining” with the PRICE we pay is often impossible .
HAMSA is a complete experience not just an expensive dining.
40, B. Ramachandra Adithanar Road,
4th Main Road, Gandhi Nagar,
Phone number : 044 30637519
Cost for two : Rs 1500 plus tax
P.S: I was invited by HAMSA to experience it for review purpose, however the opinions are my own and this post does not advertise the product/service.
Su.Real.Scribbling . a.k.a Sruthiraj