Tiqri, Taj Santa Cruz East: 4/5

Loved the new Taj at Domestic Airport!! The location is perfect for business meetings and farewell dinner and lunches as well. Being at Santa Cruz near the highway it’s easily accessible from suburbs as well as town.

Being a new property everything at Taj was spic and span and shining in its glory! Tiqri is its all day cafe which has a double height ceiling that gives it a magnanimous look! The buffet area is in the middle of the restaurant and seating is all around it, viz very comfortable and efficient utilization of space. The lighting is great and overall you get the Royal feeling, like Taj properties.

Since we weren’t very hungry, we decided to go for Ala Carte instead of the buffet. It was actually an evening time. We started with crispy veg which was well fried with sauces and exotic vegetables. The taste was sweet and spicy and crunchy. We also ordered for a butter chicken and Dal Makhani alongwith a basket of breads.

The quantity, I thought, was very small! The taste, however, was brilliant!! The butter chicken was typical Punjabi style – right about of cream, tangy and mildly spicy tomato based gravy with shredded chicken that were well cooked. Each bite was delicious as chicken was tender and juicy thanks to the finger licking good gravy.

Dal Makhani – as it should be was black Dal in thick butter /cream based gravy. Again, Dal was rich and non spicy and melted in your mouth like a better melts on a hot pan. Loved the richness and taste.

The bread basket had incredibly tiny portions of naan. At first I thought they were half Naans as Naans are supposed to be huge in size. This, however, was quite small. Even the Tandoori roti was small and did not act like one serving. I strongly recommend that the management takes some action on their portion sizes as I have experienced Peshawari at ITC and they are quite generous!

Taj hospitality is as usual the best to brag about. The staff is friendly and very courteous. They are always smiling and ready to help you with recommendations or anything else required! Although the service was quite slow, especially when we had to repeat the breads!

Overall it was a great experience and I’m definitely coming back again. I would have rated it a 4.5 star but the portion sizes did not justify their high prices, so value for money was not the best!


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