Boulevard – The Orchid (Andheri, Mumbai)

The word ‘buffet’ conjures up some disturbing imagery in the mind of any Connoisseur, hence I was more than apprehensive about trying the Midnight special buffet at Orchid, which seems to cater to a mix of dolled up post-party revellers and tourists.

The experience is all pretty relaxed and at 550 INR per head plus taxes it’s not exactly going to break the bank.

The selection of cold salad to start was modest and I couldn’t help notice the absence of green leaves. The Pani Puri was tasty, although the chef preparing them clearly had a sweet tooth. Only on my 3rd time of asking was he able to give us something verging on spicy (tikka)

The standout amongst the veg main course selection was the chole, which was fresh and wholesome. The thick and rich Dal makhani came a close second. There’s certainly nothing to blow your socks off on the main course counter but the dishes served are well prepared and fresh.

The dessert selection was average. The burfi served on a presentation spoon was  a little stale, but then what do you expect leaving burfi out uncovered at room temperature? I tried the Malpua, although not something I have often, it was tasty.

Overall, I think there is a novelty factor of eating after midnight and not having to make do with a wrap or shawarma from a local ‘sweat and grease’ shop.  For this I pay tribute to Orchid. It’s no-frills for an establishment of it’s a calibre but perfectly satisfactory for the midnight munchies.

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