VEDA – designer dining anyone?

19 Dec

Veda, a popular restaurant from the capital, has now setup shop at the Palladium Mall in Lower Parel.

Designed by Rohit Bal, Veda is a feast for the eyes. The attention to detail is evident everywhere.

The intricate mirror work motifs, heavy marble disc lamps, gothic chandeliers, flamboyant velvet couches, and an entire fish scale style mirror ceiling, did give us a bit of a rush!

When you walk in, the fairytale meets Delhi Diwali night decor will surely put you in super happy zone.

If the decor didn’t do its magic, the cocktails most certainly will!

The head bartender’s a mixologist from Dubai, and the cocktails were as smooth as this city has ever seen! The Appletini was yummylicious, and so was the Strawberry Cosmopolitan.

A few sips and we were in the mood for a quick chat with the chef. Now, his resume might cover all the 5 stars in the world, but he was 100% Delhi. From his voice to his demeanor, full on khatirdaari.

So we clapped our hands, and the feast began! (warning: please don’t try this at home.)

We started with the batter fried crispy spinach chaat, which as the name suggests replaced the usual papdi chips with spinach chips. Though this dish wasn’t wow, it was fun to eat.

The stuffed potato and tandoori paneer starters, were a serious let down. Nothing to bank on, neither taste nor texture. They have consciously kept the food light and low on oil, but that didn’t explain the lack in flavor.

The garlic chicken and malai prawns were very well prepared, especially the latter. Ordering seafood in a punjabi restaurant was a novel idea, but a well rewarded experience.

For the main course we got the Dal Veda, which was decent if not a tad too sweet. The Butter Chicken again was of the usual standard, nothing to rave about. The Cheesy Spinach Kofta Curry was an interesting vegetarian main course option.

We ditched the desserts in favor of another round of superb drinks, but the Rabri was supposedly quite delish.

To tell you the truth, we were a tad disappointed with the bland food, as we were hoping to have a hearty Delhi meal and had to make do with flavors more suited to a foreigner’s palate. Also the chef needs to balance the flavors better; too much elaichi or saffron in one dish, can be a serious mood kill.

Nonetheless, Veda is a good attempt at globalizing Punjabi food, and giving it a fine-dinning edge.

If you go, go to bask in the red tinted glow, rub shoulders with the city’s chic set, and enjoy the flawless martinis as the awesome music puts you in the mood to party on!

Veda, 2nd level, Palladium Mall, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai. Tel – 43326666, 24900055, 9873655216.

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