Holiday Inn Express, Gachibowli, Hyderabad
Meal for two:?Rs 2,000
One day three Cyberabadis decide to go out for lunch. The first Cyberabadi wants to eat New Zealand lamb chops. The second Cyberabadi wants paneer makkhanwala. The third Cyberabadi wants Yu Hsiang chicken with garlic sauce. So where do they go, without having to compromise? Johnathan’s Kitchen, of course.
Johnathan’s Kitchen is essentially what used to be called a ‘multi-cuisine’ restaurant, except that they do it with style. The menu is designed to press all the buttons: Conti, Indian and Far Eastern. And next door is a bar (injudiciously named Komatose).
We were tempted to start with the mezze platter, but decided, instead, to sample their intriguing sounding green apple carpaccio along with mushroom cappuccino. The former was refreshingly tart: thinly shaved green apple circles, served with lettuce and rocket. And the latter, topped with milk foam, was a flavoursome evolution of good old-fashioned mushroom soup. We then went on to a thick, crusty grilled murrel fish, served with lemon-butter sauce, and a fragrant, saffrony zafferano-e-pollo risotto. And ended by prudently splitting an oozing chocolate fondant cake a la mode.
Obviously, a lot of thought has gone into getting the Johnathan’s Kitchen product offering just right—from the location to the menu, the ambience and the pricing. My guess is that it sshould do pretty well.
Meanwhile, the green apple carpaccio was an interesting idea that we carried home with us.