Quick Bytes: The Sizzler Festival at Melange, The Golkonda Hotel

Melange, the global cuisine restaurant at The Golkonda Hotel is organizing a Sizzler Food Festival. Aptly named during the monsoon as Sizzle in the Drizzle, the festival incorporates contemporary/fusion sizzler recipes ranging from continental to Indian to Pan-Asian.

Invited to sample a few of the offerings, we were very enthused after having a look at the menu. The concept is quite different from the conventional sizzlers that we are familiar with.  Each item is a complete meal by itself and includes a number of sides. For example, all Indian sizzlers are served with biryani rice, kaali dal and naans - which one would not have encountered in an usual sizzler fest. Totally there are about 20 different items, priced between Rs 375 and Rs 575 (plus taxes).

Paneer Tikka Sizzler
Tulsi Paneer Tikka Sizzler

We started with Paneer Tulsi Tikka Sizzler. The sizzler had large chunks of soft paneer flavored with basil and cooked over charcoal.  Whereas in isolation the taste rustled up was good, the basil flavor was very very mild, which was a dampener. The biryani rice served with the sizzler was flavorful.

Chapli Gosht
Chapli Gosht 

The Chapli Gosht was one of the best for the day. The minced meat patties had the strong mutton base coupled with the aroma of the spices. The dish can be enhanced with adding a pudina based dip along with the sides.

Kasundi Jhinga
Kasundi Jhinga
A bite into the Kasundi Jhinga (prawns in Bengali mustard sauce) leaves you with a strong aftertaste. The quantity of mustard used was optimum and the prawns were just done to the right texture and softness. I would have preferred replacement of biryani rice by ghee rice in this dish, as that goes well with Bengali style prawns.

Barbeque Chicken Drumstick
Barbeque Chicken Drumsticks

Barbeque Chicken Drumsticks were the next to arrive, served with sides of noodles and fried rice. I liked the dish as the barbeque sauce tasted nice.

Singapore Corn Cakes were a miss for me. The corn patties had no taste, and the sauce provided on top was very little.  I would have loved some hot and spicy dip with it.

Singapore Corn Cakes
Singapore Corn Cakes
We ended the session with Minced Meat Steak, which had few patties minced meat grilled and served with pepper sauce. This continental fare had pasta, bruschetta and veggies as sides. The lamb dish was liked by me, but the friend accompanying me did not like it as the patty was breaking off.

Minced Meat Steak

The presentation of each dish served to us was very appetizing. The menu has a lot of other seafood options such as River Salmon Steak, Paprika and Basil Basa Fillet and Ginger Lemon Grass Fish. Murg Tikka Mirza Hussain and Creole Spiced Grilled Prawns also looked interesting.

The festival is on from 1st August to 16th August, 2015.

Melange – The Golkonda Hotel
Masab Tank
Telephone 66110101