The Indian food at the ITC Maurya, with the Bukhara and the Dum Pukht has always been top notch. On some of my recent visits however, I find that they have started to take things for granted, particularly the Dum Pukht. Whereas the food is still above par, it doesnt quite hit the spot any more. One of the reasons is that for a fine dining restaurant that it purposes to be, there is lots of small things that are going wrong.
One of its biggest drawbacks is that its located in the basement, with no views out. the interiors are dated and needs freshening up urgently. Other new fine dining Indian restaurants such as Varq, Masala Art of the Taj group, even standalone restaurants like Veda and Kainoosh, are far ahead of the Dum Pukht.
The service is quite poor, particularly when you consider the cost of Dining here.
The Kakori kabab and Sheermal, is still the outstanding item on the menu (just forget your cholesterol levels for the evening), the Raan still a safe bet, but the Biryani was too rich and greasy. All in all not worth the big bucks.
And finally - in this day and age, not to have it accessible by lift (except through a service lift in the kitchen area) is just not acceptable. We had an elderly person with us and getting down and up to the restaurant through a tricky helical staircase was not easy.
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