We revisited 022 at the Trident as I had heard that the buffet had improved. We went this time for dinner to celebrate the son’s exams ending. I’m pleased to say that the spread had improved making it a “must visit- again and again.” The service was excellent as always. My son and husband gave it a complete thumbs-up.
There are 4 cold counters. Veg salads, veg starters, sushi+sashimi and cold meat+cheese; also mains and desert.
Others than the veg salads which I didn’t try, the other 3 had great fare. There was aubergine (baingan) slice wrapped around goat’s cheese. With a sauce in individual serving dishes. Quite delicious. The sushi+sashimi was good, unchanged since my last visit. Lots or Japanese people eating only sushi+sashimi so that was a great vote of confidence. The restaurant includes a counter where staff are continually preparing sushi, which my 10 year old son enjoyed watching. The serving station which had really improved was the cold meat+cheese. Both the range and quality of offerings was excellent. Smoked salmon, camembert and gruyere cheese among others. Also there was an assortment of good cold meats, from the Oberoi farms I guess. Nice European style marbled salami and two other varieties. With accompaniments like pickled gherkins.
Being the Bong that I am we avoided the vegetarian mains (hot) section and went straight to the non-veg mains. There was a good assortment like prawn in mustard gravy (a quintessential Bengali dish), individual beef lasagne (rather good) and various kababs. The galouti and tandoori prawn was to die for. All 3 of us feasted on it. The son had his fav pasta, penne Aglio e Olio (garlic and olive oil) he said it was delicious. The husband did full justice to the mains, going back for refills.
Finally it was time for desert. The desert selection had fruit, a few Indian sweets (kaju katli among others), some sugarless deserts and an array of western deserts. The warm mud pie was a great end to what turned out to be an excellent meal. Ice creams were on offer too.
The staff, both F&B and chefs who were advising were superlative both in knowledge and desire to serve adding the WOW factor to an already great experience.
022 also offers a la carte if you don’t feel like a buffet.
The restaurant has a good buzz in the evening and was quite full.
Finally sated with no space for tea or coffee we left. The verdict – better than Sofitel’s Pondichery Café, our reigning favourite till now. We will return soon...
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