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There is a question I’ve been asked multiple times, “Why Jonathan’s Kitchen?” For people on my friend list to unknown who ping on the FoodDrifter FB page and Instagram. The number of times I’ve recommended Jonathan’s Kitchen or Komatose has been innumerable. There was a time when every 2nd day I’d been checking into JK. Then I became conscious about it, lest someone label it as too much of a favorite. It was then that I would be there but not check-in anymore. But photographing food as a habit that it is, that I’d whip out my phone and do a Insta Story of it.

Dumplings

Both of Jonathan’s Kitchen and Komatose has been a hangout for me of sorts. And this post is an ode to those countless hours I’ve spent there. I always am conscious about getting drunk. Yet Komatose is the only place where I’ve let go one night. Entertaining a friend or a client, an office party or a personal one. Komatose has been the answer to most of my answers.

From the countless times that I’ve been there to go through the entire menu, it was finally time for change. Their already extensive Sushi menu now has an even more options to choose from. The Uramakis, Nigiris, Tamagoyakis are emblazoned across the revamped menu. But it’s the Indian side of the menu that I’d like to talk about.

Sushi

Sushi

Jonathan’s Kitchen has been known for it’s continental fare. But little do people know that they can actually dish up pretty decent Indian food too. The Jhinga Khadi Mirch hits you with it’s chili and peppery nature of the prawns. But with a glass of whiskey is what you need to pair it with. Yep the light tingly feeling of chili down your throat as you wash it down with your favorite whiskey or single malt. That is exactly how’d love it. Not fan of the spice then the Murgh ke Parchey and Peshwari Chapli Kebabs should be your choice. I’ve had Chapli Kebabs innumerable times but have seldom seen it as part of a regular menu. Among the seafood is the a beautifully Grilled Pomfret. I’ve ordered it almost thrice now before writing this and the beautiful tandoor color on it is just exquisite.

Kebabs

Grilled Pomfret

Continental Cuisine has always been Jonathan’s Kitchen’s strong suit. Highly recommended is the Filet Mignon. A nice filet of beef, cooked the perfect medium rare and served with a side of veggies and mashed potatoes. If a bhakt had to sprinkle a million drops of the holy Ganga on me for eating the steak, then so be it. It will still be worth it. Also lemme tell ya that this marks the rise in the standard of how a filet should be cooked…EVER. Literally falling off the shank was my next dish, the Ossobucco. With both of these it’s just the right cooking that needs to be done to get the meat tender and JK get’s it perfect.

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Fish Steak

Ending with the desserts is the Tres Leche and Ghevar with Rabri. I’ve never been a fan of the Red Velvet anywhere and the Tres Leche at Jonathan’s Kitchen combines a Red Velvet with the traditional Tres Leche from Spain. While the people at my table did appreciate the dish, it wasn’t for me. Both of them are a little overtly sweet and people who especially enjoy sweetish-ly sugary desserts will do so.

Tres Leches

Meanwhile as I leave my table to head back to the Bar at Komatose, I can’t help but wonder how they’ve got another lovely menu on their hands. A comprehensive simple take on dishes and yet a sophisticated look which makes the new menu another standout. Jonathan’s Kitchen just gave me another reason to head back there just for the superb Filet Mignon alone.

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As the weekend arrives, I can’t help but get excited each Sunday for the brunch at Jonathan’s Kitchen at Holiday Inn in Gachibowli. Jonathan’s Kitchen has been serving real wonderful food since quite sometime. We’ve always walked out of the place with great food memories. Add in the potent mix of creative drinks that Komatose whips out and you’ve had the perfect combination of a wonderful Sunday brunch.

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I’ve always been a person who prefers a set menu rather than a vast buffet spread. With a set menu I can choose to have the dishes, prepared fresh by the chef on order than walk around having left out food of a buffet. And when in Jonathan’s Kitchen you got to have the Lust from their line of signature drinks. Named after the ‘Se7en Deadly Sins’, the lust is a hot favorite. It’s a hot combination of chili infused vodka, strawberry puree and lime.

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Jonathan’s Kitchen has a vast and diverse menu which is also represented in it’s choice of set menu. Specializing in dishes from many regions of the world, I’ve always felt their strengths lie in Asian and Continental. So there was no denying when the Wasabi Prawns and Prawns Cocktail had arrived out our table that we had to just polish it clean. The Wasabi Prawns especially were brilliant and is almost part of our every order when we visit Jonathan’s.

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The liquor flowed as the afternoon progressed and so did the food. The Bhatti da Murgh was served fresh out of the tandoor while the Dahi ke Kebabs was a highlight from the vegetarian starters. Pizzas is where I’ve always felt Jonathan’s towers ahead than many restaurants. Their thin-crust pizzas are simply put – cheeselicious.

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Having already been stuffed with the starters, we went light for the main course. Skipping through the Indian dishes, we settled for a simple Pasta and Chicken breast. I always tend to be more inclined to the mashed potatoes when it comes to a continental dish and the one here on the plate was polished off clean. The mashed potatoes had been made exquisitely and it takes a simple dish to understand the brilliance of a chef.

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Completing our brunch with the dessert, we had spent nearly quite a while being set up for high. The drinks are truly potent and the food is wonderful. For a five-course meal at Rs 999/+-, the brunch at Jonathan’s Kitchen is pure value for money. But I’m one who looks more at quality and Jonathan’s Kitchen delivers on that aspect with brilliant dishes as part of their menu. We walked out of Jonathan’s Kitchen with yet another great experience wanting to go back there another weekend.

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Address : Jonathan’s Kitchen, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Gachibowli, Hyderabad
Phone: 040 33165791

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