My friend and I decided to treat ourselves to the Sunday brunch at Sakura at the Metropolitan Nikko Hotel in Delhi – we are both great fans of Japanese food. It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet ranging from sushi to tempura, teppanyaki and curry (and a few other things I may have left out). We were quite delighted to see the spread on offer, the first area offering a variety of sushi and sashimi. The sashimi was especially delectable, with tuna, sea bass and succulent salmon that simply melted in the mouth. There was also crab and octopus on offer and rows of sushi. It was a delight to tuck into this course with its accompanying condiments particularly the wasabi and pickled ginger. There was also miso soup with slivers of seaweed and cubes of tofu to wash this down.
Beyond the sushi/sashimi table was a long buffet laden with salads (particularly liked the salted edamame beans), rice, noodles, pork dishes, beef curry and other dishes I did not even look at, since I had definitely overloaded on the sashimi. Even so, I tried a sort of sausage stew with sticky rice, and bacon-wrapped asparagus. But I think my palate still craved the delicacy of fish, for I found these dishes heavy and a little oversalted. I don’t like teppanyaki too much, so did not even try that. What I did try was the beef curry, primarily to taste the meat, which was of a tenderness so amazing that it was a surprise to learn it was local buffalo meat.
Although there was an assortment of pastries for dessert, I requested for a small scoop each of of red bean and green tea ice creams and they were the perfect, not-too-sweet, utterly flavourful ending to this feast. I would certainly return to Sakura, as I was impressed by the quality of the produce used. However, perhaps next time I’d come on a weekday to try one of the prix fixe menus on offer.
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