Simple yet elegant, the newest addition to a host of fine-dining restaurants in the city is Saffron Soul at the Marigold Hotel, serving the best of international cuisine
It’s not uncommon knowledge that the Nizams were the pioneers of soulful, rich food prepared with the blend of the most exotic of spices. Stories of how only the richest of spices from the kitchens of Arabia began to find their way into our dishes have resonated off durbari kitchen walls and have been documented well enough for future generations.
An important spice that was used was saffron which is said to have been so popular that it travelled from Persian markets into the kitchens of the world. At Saffron Soul, the ambience is simple with nothing too fancy to spoil the look. Twisted wooden chandeliers (may have been inspired by ballerina figurines) suspended with thick wires, prance about above you as you take your time, reading the menu. The ambience doesn’t really set the tone for a more private, romantic meal but each table has been separated with walls holding plants. Not only does it gives you a feel of the outdoors but adds much colour to the ambience without really overpowering it.
Specialising in world cuisine, this restaurant has a lot to offer. From the rustic diners of Mexico, oceans away to the cobbled street cafes of Italy and the Indian durbari kitchens, every dish seems to tell a story. Though, we were only served the best of what Saffron Soul had to offer. The first on the list was haleem sandwich. Yes, now you can have the seasonal delicacy stuffed between a humongous Sheermal bread, topped with crispy, fried onions which was set alongside a bowl of thinly cut, fried potato sticks. Though the haleem sandwich brands itself as the USP of the restaurant, I wasn’t too convinced. I, for one, would like nothing coming in between me and my haleem, not even freshly baked sheermal bread. Well, I guess that’s just me but you should definitely give this innovative sandwich a try.
Next, the chef decided to give us a taste of Italy and served us with a freshly baked pesto polo pizza. A thin crust of bread rolled out and topped with chunks of grilled chicken on a bed of creamy pesto sauce and topped with the best mozzarella cheese. Crispy and thin, the pizza is worth a second helping.
The portions served at Saffron Soul are definitely worth sharing and each of these dishes can either be had as starters or for main course. That really is the best part because the choice is left to you of what you want to make a meal of. We decided to try more Indian so we ordered the chapli kebab, which is a patty made with minced beef, and is one of the more popular barbecue meals in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Keeping religious sentiments in mind, the kebab was well-substituted with minced mutton.
Next in line was the chicken korma, which is a Mughlai dish made up of pieces of chicken, yoghurt and ground spices with a very creamy gravy. A very popular dish of North India, it was served with, hot-out-of-the-oven, butter naan. And last but not the least, a bowl of sufiyani biryani which was an aromatic blend of saffron with long grains of Basmati rice over a bed of succulent chicken pieces.
For the dessert we were served with a moist slice of tiramisu which wasn’t too sweet on the taste buds which is why we wiped our plates clean. Overall, the Indian cuisine is what you should look forward to most at Saffron Soul, the rest are to be selectively chosen.
Buffet (lunch only)
Meal for two: Rs.1,200 +taxes
Address: Hotel Marigold, Greenlands, Begumpet
CONTACT: 040-6736 3636
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Desperately in search of inner peace. Loves traveling. Will write for money. Picky with food but loves her pastas and South-Indian thalis. Highly entertaining. Loves watching gossipy TV shows and good looking vampires. Would like to be abducted by aliens, at least once. Also I am not fat, I am just big-boned