The past few years have been interesting when it comes to food industry. Chefs have started to concentrate more on ingredients and restaurants focus more on the eating habits. The same change process could be seen in the new menu being showcased at Pavilion, ITC Kakatiya.
The ITC Kakatiya is a premier property in Begumpet which has just completed 21 Year Anniversary. Pavilion at the ITC Kakatiya changes it’s menu every 2 years and this time around they’ve adopted a the healthier menu for the holistic wellbeing. With the ITC Hotels following the ‘Choose Wisely’ Program by WWF, the new menu had been re-designed as per the ‘Choose Wisely’ guidelines.
The focus of the menu has been on the freshness of flavors and clean eating of Sattva and Swasthya, a direction that quite a lot of restaurants have been inclining towards lately. The new menu carries local and international flavors that are curated with locally sourced ingredients, rarely used grains. This also provides the local dishes with a touch of modernity.
The lunch started with a spectacular Burrata with Anise Poached Pears. This was beautifully accompanied with currant celery pistou and rucola leaves. Burrata is not easily available in Hyderabad and Chef informed us that it was sourced from Bangalore. The burrata cut in the center gave the rich tasting creamy taste and went well with the celery pistou. This is definitely one of the signature “Best of Pavilion” dishes and is must try.
We then moved on to fresh soups from the tureen. The Singaporean Laksa again is one of the signature dishes that can be a complete comfort meal. The Shrimp, fish and chicken provide enough meaty flavors and the coconut broth accompanied with rice noodles brought back our journey to the Asian cities we’ve been in the past.
The Chicken Katsu Burger and Lamb Rib and Broad Tagine is another of my favorite dishes here. First, these dishes are not available at any restaurant in Hyderabad and the taste is bang on. The Tagine with mint couscous provides the much needed texture to the dish.
We do suggest you to definitely try the local cuisine that are specially curated by Chefs to give you the authentic taste of the Hyderabadi Khaana. The Tarkari ki Luqmi gives a rich taste to the evening snack that we have all loved in Hyderabad. The soft melt in the mouth Shikhampuri Kebab added a spark to the meal. Do also try the favorite combo of Kaddu ka Dalcha and Baghara Khana which is absolute comfort food for the soul. You can end your Hyderabadi treat with Tarkari Biryani or Kacche Gosht ki Biryani that’s cooked with succulent pieces of meat that’s gives off the perfect flavor.
The dessert was the much need closure to the amazing meal we’d been eating so far. The dessert can sometimes make or break the entire course of the meal for us. The Crème Brulee was served with apricot fig biscotti and served with mono floral litchi honey and lime elixir. Chef informed us that the honey was specially flavored by feeding the bees only litchi flowers and hence there was a distinct litchi taste.
We were in for a surprise when the Pavilion Chocolate Fudge with the jaggery caramel sauce was kept on the table. It looked like a piece of an art on a platter which only an artist can recreate. The soft fudge doused with the jaggery caramel sauce was heaven in a bite. The Vanilla bean ice cream can be used to cut through the sweetness of the caramel sauce but I’d definitely have shot of that sauce to end almost every meal.