Restaurant Name: MoMo Cafe – Courtyard by Marriott, Hinjewadi
Address: S. No 19 & 20, P4 Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park Phase 1, Hinjewadi Rd, Hinjewadi, Pune, Maharashtra 411057
Phone:020 4212 2222
My love for Hyderabad as a city, the sarcasm in the residents, and of course the Deccani cuisine which is the native cooking style of the Hyderabadis is not a secret anymore, so much so that when I chose to do my first week long food trail in a city, I chose Hyderabad for the same.
And it had only been a few days to my gastronomic journey to city of Nizams, I managed to refresh my feed on social media, that’s when MoMo Café happened. I got a little too excited when I read that Courtyard Marriott, Hinjewadi is running an evocative Hyderabadi food festival and as luck had it, my worthless hunk of plastic rang, the next thing I see is I am at MoMo Café, Courtyard Marriott sitting among some of the finest food connoisseurs in town.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am glad to share with you that MoMo Café; Courtyard Mariott is currently running an exclusive Hyderabadi food festival which celebrates the ancient heritage of the Nizams. Spearheaded by the new Executive Chef Jeevan Singh and ably supported by the khansama who has innumerable years of experience under his belt and has served dignitaries like Indira Gandhi and Ghulam Ali in the past, the festival surely promises an authentic experience.
A bright sunny afternoon needs a refreshing start and that’s exactly what they served us, a welcome drink r called Sharbat-e-Anardana, and rightly so, the next big thing in drinks, helped quench my thirst and had subtle flavors of Pomegranate and Khus.
An array of starters which included different kebabs and tikkas were served to us on the table while the mains were part of the buffet.
Tried a couple of those and here’s what I felt about them.
The Warqui Samosa – Well to be honest, I didn’t get to try these on my trip to Hyderabad, so I can’t compare, but out of my understanding I have to highlight that these were tad too oily for me to indulge. It had a minced lamb stuffing, but failed to impress a carnivore like me.
Shikampuri Kebas – The famous Shikampuri kebabs which means “Belly-full” referring to the stuffing in the centre of the kebabs are made of boneless pieces of mutton leg were melt in mouth and are definitely a must try appetizer at MoMo Café.
Reshmi Chicken Kebabs – This traditional Mughlai kebab gets its name from the succulence of meat after prolonged marinating and light braising, these were truly delectable and one of the few appetizers which made me have more of it.
Oh wait; they have stuff for vegetarians as well, the veg. Seekh kebabs did resemble their mutton cousins and trust me, I tried them, actually I liked them. Period!
And then came something I was eagerly waiting for, the Haleem! There is something about the Hyderabadi Haleem which excites me; I took to the roads of Hyderabad just to try out the authentic haleem served on the streets and in different restaurants which include Shah Ghous at Falaknuma and Sarvi at Banjara Hills, those tasted out of this world, provided the time it takes to make haleem, roughly about 14 hours in cauldrons and I had the same expectations from a star hotel. Alas, they failed to deliver, or I believe just a bad day for them. Nevertheless I am willing to give them another chance.
Moved on to the mains where I tried selected hyderabadi delicacies and again found them decent. What I loved among the mains were the khatti daal and tomato kut, brilliantly made and did remind me of Hyderabad.
Nihari Gosht – There are things which are a personal favorite, and when it comes to Nihari, I take it personally. The very essence of Nihari is the meat, tender, juicy and falling of the bones but the nihari gosht served at the fest didn’t please me.
Biryani – Had a morsel and couldn’t have anymore. I’ve had biryani in Hyderabad umpteen times and this was nothing like it. They also serve subz biryani for the vegetarians in the house.
The Desserts at the fest were quite a feast and included cakes, pastries, confections, frozen treats but I picked Gile Firdous. Gile Firdous is sweet rice Hyderabadi preparation made with grated bottle gourd and garnished with almonds and rose petals and was quite impressive. Also tried the Anjeer ki Kheer which is a traditional hyderabadi cold dessert made with fig, rice and milk and if there is one dessert in the world I’d travel a thousand miles for, it would be the anjeer ki kheer. It was that good.
The Hyderabadi Food Festival is currently on from 6th March till 15th March 2017 and is priced at Rs. 750++ for lunch and Rs. 1000++ for dinner.
Momo Café is an in-house restaurant at Courtyard by Marriott, Hinjewadi.
Disclaimer: The invite was for a complimentary food tasting event. This review is a narrative of my experience at the event. The views expressed in this review are solely mine and others are more than welcome to agree or disagree with the same. The review is in no way influenced either personally or commercially nor has it been lifted, copied or plagiarized from any source however I have done my due diligence on the event via publicly available information on the internet.
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