Hotel Alankar Grande in Ramnagar, Coimbatore offers a very tempting midnight buffet at Rs.261 net, including of taxes. For children of 5 to 10 years, it is Rs.104 net. The timings are 11 pm to 3 am every night.
I and my wife got tempted and went one night. We found that the buffet was a mix of good and bad. The menu comprised of veg sandwich, plain rice, sambhar, sambhar rice, non-veg khuska, idli, dosa, 2 chutneys, chicken gravy, fish gravy, curd rice, assorted fruits and vanilla ice-cream.
The fruits and the veg sandwich were nice. The chicken too was soft and nicely done. The idly and the chutney were nice.
The fish was some small variety, the size of our middle finger. The full fish was put in the gravy without cleaning the insides. And it was full of tiny bones, which made it very difficult to eat. There were no rotis. Instead they had a variety of dosas. The keema dosa had just one tea spoon of keema in the centre. The so-called egg dosa had only a sprinkling of beaten egg. Not only was the egg not visible, we could not also taste the egg. The non-veg biriyani (Khuska) did not have a single piece of non-veg. The captain said that it was plain biriyani. So why put up the board of NON-VEG Khuska ? The only dessert was vanilla ice-cream which was bland. How many scoops of plain vanilla ice-cream can one have ? There was no starter drink.
There were 2 waiters, who were busy attending to guests. The vacated tables were lying uncleaned, with all the vessels still on the table, all through the full 1 hour that we were there. How can cleaning up be ignored ?
As the menu suggests, there is nothing much for vegetarians.
Another aspect is that, at this time of the night, it is mostly groups of boisterous gents who come there for dinner after finishing their drinks. So the atmosphere is not suited for the family.
Agreed that Rs.261 is probably the lowest fare in town for a non-veg unlimited buffet in a star hotel. But what is point of spending even Rs.261 if you don't enjoy the food ?
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