TIGER TRAIL @ ROYAL ORCHID , BANGALORE – RESTUARANT REVIEW
Last weekend i was invited for a bloggers meet at the newly opened ” Tiger Trail ” restuarant at the Royal Orchid Hotel . Tiger trail is the newly opened F& B outlet at Royal Orchid .Striking the right location in the heart of the city, the restaurant is located at the lawn of the hotel amidst greeneries serving authentic kebabs and grills across the trail of the Indian sub continent.
The first impression when i reached their was just mesmerising .The ambience was so romantic, cozy and was so initimate . The lawn , open garden , open kitchen , breezy air .. everything was so perfect to set the mood for anyone .
As a welcome drink , we were served Aam Panna and lassi . I chose aam panna and it was so yummy. I relished 3-4 servings of it . With a mild tanginess , sweetness , flavors .. it was perfect to beat the heat…
There was a table set up for people looking for alchoholic drinks too .
After the welcome drinks it was time for starters . In the starters we had the Murgh Gulnar, Tunde Kabab under non veg and Tarana Kabab and Shakarkandi kabab under veg section . Tarana Kabab comprised of baby corn, broccoli and paneer marinated in yogurt and spices. This tasted little different from the normal kebabs and tasted good . i especially liked baby corn and brocolli in it .
Shakarkandi kabab as the name suggests was made from sweet potato marinated in spices and later grilled . The sweetish sweet potato tasted really good with spices infused in it . We ordered 1 more serving of it .
After starters it was time for soup . The restaurant menu is largely inspired from the Awadhi style of cooking. So in place of soup we were served shorbas ..Murgh Yakhni Shorba and tamatar shorba .. Somehow the shorbas were a real let down . The tomato shorbas tasted like a badly done tomato rasam . It was tangy with very less spices . The same was the feedback for non veg shorbas .
After the disappointing shorbas , it was time for main course . In main course under veg section we were served Paneer Khurchan, Subzi Kehkeshan and Dal Makhani . Paneer Khurchan hade a very homely taste with onion, capsicum and tomato gravy with paneer.
Dal makhani was very creamy and aromatic . All gravies were perfect .. there was no overload of spices / oil .
The highlighht of the day for me was the bread basket . Unlike most of the resturants , the bread basket here was not just limited to rumali roti , butter naan , kulcha etc but it contained a selection of four rotis taftan, tashkent naan, chironji naan and ajwani naan . Taftan is Leavened flour bread with sweetened milk and flavored with saffron and topped with poppy seeds.Tashkent Naan – Yeast leavened dough with yogurt slow baked in clay oven .Chironji Naan – Naan sprinkled with chironji seeds and baked.Ajwani Naan – Leavened flour dough bread with milk and egg seasoned with carom seeds and baked. Each bread was a clear winner for me . Tiger trail stands from any other restuarnts here . I haden’t tasted most of these breads and kept munching them slowly relishing it to the core .
Next came the Veg biryani . It was served in a handi with dum style cooking . The rice veggies was cooked perfect . Inspite of full , i took a serving of it as i liked the way it was served. The presentation had a persoanl touch ….
Last but not the least was the time for desserts . We were served Gulab Jamun and kesar pista Kulfi .Unfortuntely i was so stuffed that i couldn’t taste gulab jamun though my other blogger friends were forcing me to have it . As per them i tasted really good. They were soft and melt in mouth …In came the kulfi and i just didnt want to miss it . Made of thick milk , we could get a bite of badam n pista in each bite . It was really rich but not to sweet . I wouldn’t say it was the bestest kulfi i had ever tasted but it certainly came under one of the good kulfis .
Overall i would say this is an awesome place to visit for the ambiance,the look and feel …A place with lot of promise and i just loved it.This place has it all ,good authentic Awadhi food , perfect ambience for romantic evening or to spend a relaxed rejuvenating weekend with family and friends. I felt this place is best suited for dinners as open garden could be bit sunny fo noon . Inspite of being just a few weeks old , the service is bang on . I would surely visit this place again next time with my hubby .
Thank you Tiger trail for a lovely dinner with friends . Thoroughly enjoyed it ….