If you know me personally and have seen my phone’s gallery, it will be filled with travel, food, and fashion photos. My to-be-read list, places-to-visit list, restaurants-to-try lists are long and overflowing. One such restaurant was Hamsa.
I missed the launch party of Hamsa, and since then this restaurant has been in my Zomato Wishlist. When a good friend of mine pinged and asked if I want to visit this restaurant as a food blogger, I was overwhelmed. So, I did visit this place on a workday lunch. How was my experience? Read on!
As soon as we entered this place, we were guided to the respective floor. The resto has 3 floors and we were dining in the 1st floor. The decor was similar to a fort, Fatehpur Sikhri to be specific. Apart from the obvious resemblance to the pillars of the fort, the wall decor also had a huge fabric that was hand designed.
Ambiance: The place is perfect for a romantic dinner, a fancy lunch, and even for a silent meal alone. One can simply sit and look at the beautiful painting on one of the walls, the amazing ceiling decor, etc.
The chef and the manager gave us complete freedom to select as many dishes as we wanted. So, we preferred to take all the signature dishes. The dishes we tried were:
We had a yummy Rasagulla which was the complimentary welcome dessert given by the restaurant in a silver bowl.
The next was the soup of the day, which was quite good and decent. Personally, I am not a fan of Indian soups, so I wouldn’t comment on that much. The starters we ordered were mind-boggling. We had Paneer Saunfiya, which was a simple Paneer dish with mild spices and yummy taste. We also ordered Makkai Muthiah Chat which was corn dumplings in a bhel puri like dish. This was out-of-the-world yummy. The third starter was Hamsa’s enclosed leaf Paneer. This was a paneer dish wrapped in a banana leaf and grilled. Needless to say, the taste of the dish was epic. The interesting fact here is that the paneer was made in-house making it all the more special and yummy.
With overdose of paneer, we moved to Daal and Kamar Kakedi Kofteh for the main dish. While the Daal was perfect, it was Kamar Kakedi Kofteh that stole the show. The lotus stem kofta dish was yummy. The chef also insisted us to try the urulai roast, which was quite good, but me being not a fan of aloo, just took the masala.
The ordered a paratha platter with a variety of naans. My favorite was Olive and Cheese naan. It was simply the best. By this juncture, we were so full, but the Hamsa Leaf Enclosed Briyani was just too delicious to resist. Enclosed in a Banana leaf, this plain Briyani comes with Kurma and some pakoda.
Finally, we ended the lunch with some Phirni (Guava flavored) and Shahi Tukda. Both of them were so authentic, yet my favorite was the Phirni 🙂
As we left, we were given a brochure about the architecture and history of the restaurant and a cute key chain.
Note: This is a pure veg restaurant, and whoever says that there aren’t much veg dishes that one can try must visit this place for sure, for it has so much unique options that are not necessarily Paneer or Aloo.
For the mushroom lovers, the restaurant offers a unique dish which is quite on the higher end, but really yummy! Ask for their signature mushroom dish 🙂 The mushrooms used are from the Himalayas.
Service & pricing: I cannot give you a clear picture on these two as I was invited to try this restaurant. However, in my opinion the service was quite friendly and the price is on the luxurious dining range, but is a complete VFM.
Do I recommend? Yes. Can’t wait to go again 🙂