Risotto on the Mobius Strip

Mobius, the new restaurant at Hotel Samrat, serves Europe on a platter

Of late, Hotel Samrat has attempted to polish its sarkari image with its restaurants that ooze luxury. The latest entrant in this ITDC bastion, Mobius, too, upholds this fascination for chic. Mobius is dressed elegantly in earthy tones, is spread over a grand 7,000 sq ft (rivalling other eateries in space), and serves European cuisine 24x7.

The striking features are the two flowing staircases, made from a single piece of wood, at either end of the restaurant, separating the two levels. The furniture is comfortable but create a coffee-shop feel with predominantly narrow tables and small cove-like chairs. Even as we admire the interiors, the waiter arrives with an innovatively spiced variation to the classic seafood ceviche (Rs 380). It is refreshingly tangy and spicy, due to the marination base of tamarind sauce and lemon juice. The classic chicken Ceaser Salad (Rs 380) arrives next, and is perfectly mild with the chicken strips brushed lightly with mayonnaise.

The menu attempts to offer a wide array of dishes from European cuisine, such as the Italian risottos and pastas, Spanish paellas and food from the Greek tables. At the same time, however, it is evident that the restaurant is keen to create its own identity. The Blood Orange and Smoked Tomato Broth with Bocconcine Tortellini (Rs 280), for instance, marries the citrus taste of oranges with tangy tomatoes to release a burst of flavours with each mouthful. In the main course, the wild mushroom risotto (Rs 540) with a blend of chanterelles, trumpet, button and shitake mushrooms is a clever recipe and, thankfully, does not have an overdose of parmesan. Though the Herbed Linguini (Rs 440) is a tad too mild, the Asiago Ravioli (Rs 440) more than makes up for it, with its creamy thyme sauce and a drizzle of olive oil.

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