Indian, western, Lebanese vegetarian
Blurb: An all vegetarian restaurant in an all vegetarian hotel
Intro: India’s only vegetarian hotel is a 15 minute drive from East Delhi. The coffee shop serves all three meals buffet style only.
Atmospherics: Being a Country Inn & Suites, this branch in Sahibabad is located on a main road and is easy to locate as well as being a short distance from East Delhi. No meat or eggs pass the doors of this hotel, so it is a real boon for strict vegetarians, but the main advantage is how tasty the food is. And the lobby, lobby café and chocolate boutique look quite as plush as any other international hotel, without any trace of ethnicity.
Table Talk: A salad counter with Lebanese and western flavours, a live pasta counter and a live chaat counter. You’ll even get kanji at this unusual all-day diner. It’s where Indian and international flavours blend together easily. Surprisingly, the western preparations are of a high quality, though expectedly the desi tastes are taken to new heights. The actual dishes that make up the buffet change from meal to meal, but a few things to look out for are the salad of palm hearts napped with kashundi and the tabbouleh. The curd rice would give an Udupi joint a run for its money. The starter section has a range of nibbles that include chana kulcha, crisp fried paneer, golden corn nibblets and arbi tikkis with a tongue-tingling masala. The thin crust pizza served by the slice looked exciting enough, but the chaat counter beckoned, with palak patta or kareli ki chaat, dahi bhalla and gol gappas. As at a street-side stall, you can wash down the gol gappas with the pani. Usually, hotels are the last place to go for chaat, but 64/6 has, by some alchemy, managed to imbue it and the chana kulcha, with the flavours of the street.
Main courses include a live dal counter where the chef prepares the tadka of your choice, a couple of lack-lustre western dishes and an idli-dosa counter with excellent podis. Do tuck in to the sarson ka saag when available. It is served with white butter and gur.
Desserts include unlimited quantities of fruit like kiwi and dragon fruit, ice-creams, murabbas and western style mousses and three sugar-free options.
Must try: not applicable
Country Inn & Suites
64/4 Site 4, Sahibabad
Open from 12 noon to 3 pm for lunch and 7 pm to 11.00 for dinner