Monday, 14 January 2013

Vascos, Hilton, Guindy


Nothing can give you so much  pleasure and happiness as being in the company of your friends. It is even more special when you are dressed for the occasion in formal clothes. I was at Vascos, Hilton for my friend's birthday party in a slightly over dressed attire. I have been at Hilton on previous occasions and dined at Ayna. I was floored by the quality and taste of food. This time around I was dining at Vascos, this gave me the opportunity to see what Hilton had to offer the buffet diners.


Food:
The sheer volume of food served can leave you astonished.There is the Indian, the Italian, the Japanese, the Chinese, the American, the English, etc. You just cant keep a track off the cuisine. There is something for everyone. Sheer volume of spread at Vascos, does not necessarily translate into fantastic food.



The spread starts off with a chicken broth for soup. Small pieces of grilled chicken in a clear liquid with a dash of salt and pepper. A neat soup to begin with. It does not raise the expectation of the buffet nor does it lower it anyway. Next, there is a choice of veg and non-veg pizza which is served at the table. The pizza seems to be cooked in the same wood fired oven which we have become accustomed to. Taste wise it needs a little tweaking. Food is spread in all corners of the restaurant. At times I was confused and searching for the starters. Then there was a chicken kebab and a crispy fried fish with a chili sauce dressing. The Chicken kebab did not really impress me, while the Crispy Fried Fish rocked! There is a wide variety of breads which is part of the spread, with a delicate selection of cheeses on offer, which you could mix and match to your taste.






The choice of cold salads was huge, one could become full just by trying each of them. Served in small cups or plates, they look really attractive. My pick among the wide variety of salads was the Tomato, Capsicum and Black Olives served with a thin layer of Parmesan Cheese & Lamb served with Pesto. Both cold cut items simply fabulous, rest were just okay. 

Then you have the momos in different variety, and the sushi's. The fish sushi was tasty while the momos failed to impress me. Also there were hummus and pita bread, which i took a small portion to try them. Even these failed to impress me. Some impressive starters later I entered into the main course with an almost full belly. I decided to keep my sampling to the minimum. 



Off the entire main course, my favorites were, Vegetable Chopsuey, Chicken Fried Rice & Beef in Pepper Sauce. Inspite of the main course having a large selection of dishes, most failed to tick the right spot. The entire spread appeared more like a business mans show-off joint, more than a food lovers paradise.






The deserts here were the only redeeming items on the buffet. Every dish was heavenly. None of the dish showed even the slightest dip in quality nor the sign of mass production. Hats off to the pastry chef. 

Overall I felt a little fine tuning here and there, could lend the large spread an irresistible charm.

Ambiance:
The ambiance at Ayna is simply stunning and Vascos is no less. It gives you and excellent view of the road, which is only hindered by the Metro Rail work. The large lamps which decorate the restaurant give a feel that this restaurant is for the normal sized people.

Service:
Since this was a buffet, I really do not know on what basis to rate them.

Price:
Priced at almost Rs 1500/- with very few dishes clicking, I really do not know if it works out the best deal for the money spent.

Food - 6.5/10
Ambiance - 8/10
Service - 8/10
Price - 7/10

Vascos is located inside Hilton next to Olympia Tech Park in Guindy

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