The Revamped Buffet at Saffron Soul, Hotel Marigold

Hotel Marigold in Begumpet is well-known to the food lovers in the city for quite a few reasons. Their oriental restaurant Mekong is arguably the best Pan-Asian restaurant in town. The banquet services of the hotel have a good reputation, and the place is one of the favourite destinations for marriages and other festivities. However, their restaurant Saffron Soul is also known for its all-day dining options including their sumptuous lunch and dinner buffets.

Branzino
Branzino

As you enter the main lobby of the hotel, you can see the restaurant right in front of you. The place has an open kitchen on the left from where starters and Italian fares like pizzas and pasta are dished out. A signature offering of the live kitchen is the Stone Oven Pizza. The restaurant looks very spacious, with a high ceiling as well as a clear view of the reception and Mekong which is located just next to it.

Marigold

Saffron Soul has recently revamped the menu of their lunch and dinner buffets. New items have been introduced, the presentation has been improved and the dessert items have been augmented. To showcase their new and improved buffet, a bloggers’ table was organized at the restaurant.


Executive Chef Partha, who has been the main person behind the revamp, stressed on the changes brought in. The first innovation is the Chef’s Corner, where one Indian regional dish is showcased every day. The presentation of the dish has been made contemporary, though the authenticity of the recipe has been retained. The days special was Bharwan Tangri Kabab, or stuffed chicken legs, presented with pockets of French fries and beans. Chef also highlighted that the buffet has a nice segment of continental dishes. The pizzas here are deliberately made small-sized to allow the guests to enjoy the other delicacies in the buffet. Another highlight of the buffet is their kulfi counter, which serves quite a few varieties of kulfis.

Bharwan Tangri Kabab
Bharwan Tangri Kabab

The buffet is laid out in one corner of the restaurant. The salad counter here merits a mention as the dishes are styled attractively.  Roasted Pumpkin with Feta Cheese, Small Eggplants with Stuffed Pineapple Salsa, and Lemony Prawns in Bloody Mary Shoot were some of the highlights of the counter. Chicken and Pistachio Roulade was a commendably nice presentation.

Eggplants with Stuffed Pineapple Salsa
Eggplants with Stuffed Pineapple Salsa

As we settled down, I tried out the Lamb Goulash, a thick Hungarian stew. This lamb and veggies laden broth had been one of my favourites for its earthy taste. The bread laid out on the buffet went well with the soup.  Two platters (veg and non-veg) of the starters were brought out next. Among the veg starters, I loved the bite-sized vadas which went very well with a tomato and garlic based chutney.  Among the fare for non-vegetarians, the Fish Achari Tikka was soft and had the right amount of marinades. Chilly Chicken was decent, though the Lamb Skewers were slightly too dry for me.

Chicken and Pistachio Roulade
Chicken and Pistachio Roulade

A strong point of the buffet is definitely some of the main courses. They have a fair collection of North Indian, South Indian, Continental and Oriental dishes. I had talked about the Bharwan Tangri Kabab before. The kabab was juicy and well-marinated, but the stuffing needed to be much more.  Gurda Kapura which everyone loved, is an offal dish is very popular in Hyderabad. Tandoori Bharwan Baigan or stuffed eggplant was the pick of vegetarian dishes. I tried Kothmir Kodi Koora, a coriander laden Telugu style chicken curry with steamed rice.


Veg and Non-Veg Starters

Karaikodi Kozhi Pulao was a Chettinad style rice and chicken dish with a simple taste. Flavourful with coriander, mint and green chillies, this dish appealed to my palate. Among the continental fare, I loved Branzino, a sweetish dish of boneless fish. The Burritos were decent too. Varieties of pizzas were being dished out from their live counter.

Kadi
Kadi

For dessert lovers, this buffet presents a complete feast. The dessert chefs of Marigold are well-known for their twists to the usual recipes. Sitaphal Kheer Bhog was one such sweet which impressed even a dessert averse person like me. Gajar Ka Halwa, Malpua, Kesar Phirni and Motichur Laddu were some other dishes which require a mention. We ended our meal with some delightful kulfis from their kulfi counter.

Gurda Kapura

For such a large buffet, the pricing is extremely competitive at Rs 1000 (all inclusive) on weekdays and slightly more on the weekends. I liked the presentation, menu selection as well as the taste of most of the dishes. The place seems to be drawing quite a bit of crowd so it may be better to book your table before going.

Desserts
Desserts

Location:
Saffron Soul
Marigold by Green Park
Greenlands Ameerpet Road
Hyderabad 500016
Tel 67363636

Disclaimer: The review is based on an invite from the restaurant.

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